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Last Post by notjulesverne at 3/17/2008 12:32 PM (14 Replies)
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User is Offline Coley
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3/14/2008 2:58 AM

Hello everyone. I just got back from a vacation and I got a nasty rash with litte red bumps, and the surrounding area was white. IT has spread alot and I was wondering if anyone know about a rash you can get from hay or something? I have no idea where I got it from, and I'm not allergic to anything really so I am just trying to narrow the possibilities down. THanks for any information you might have!

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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3/14/2008 4:18 AM

you got the rash on vacation?  if it's not bothersome, i'd see if it clears up... it may have been something environmental from your trip.  people can develop allergies at anytime, so you may want to get tested by a doctor.  even if you are allergic to hay, many folks are, there are things you can do to work around it.

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User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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3/14/2008 3:38 PM

Red bumps huh?  Are the bumps filled with white puss or clear liquid?  It could be chicken pox or poinson Ivy/Oak/sumac. Go here: and take their quick "check your symptoms" quiz. or search on allergic rash.  Here is info on poison ivy/sumac

If it is a series of small red bumps it sounds like contact dermatitis i.e. you came in contact with a substance you are allergic to (just like you were thinkging). Do you have a fever at all?  You might want to call your Dr. to have an allergy test performed or have a look at it.  Try putting some aloe vera gel or calamine lotion on it.  If it itches really bad, try some Benadryl.  Before you do though, be sure to wash the area first with a mild soap in case any of the irritant is still on the surface of the skin.  Have you been in contact with any fiber glass?  Can I ask where you were on vacation?  Say if you were hiking in the woods or anything where there is poison ivy, oak or sumac...It very well could be the hay though especially if it is dusty.

User is Offline kimberleyanddarren
Birmingham, UK
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3/15/2008 1:46 AM
how about a nettle sting? they usually go like that, why not go the docs just to be on the safe side?

keep an open mind.
But not so open that your brains fall out

User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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3/15/2008 11:28 AM
Coley, is it any better? Did you go to the Dr. yet?

User is Offline kimberleyanddarren
Birmingham, UK
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3/15/2008 11:47 PM
yes keep us updated, it may be something we all need to watch for!

keep an open mind.
But not so open that your brains fall out

User is Offline Tami
Bedford, PA
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3/16/2008 5:49 AM

I've developed a rash as well.......on both of my arms.  The backs of my hands are also extremely dry, to the point of cracking, & the rash on my arms itches, is red, inflamed, and hot (feverish).

The rash on my arms are slowly working their way up above my elbows, especially my left arm (I'm a rightie) :o(

I've never had a rash like this before so am thinking I'm alergic to either my buns or the hay because I haven't changed anything in my home, inside or out, or my eating habits ?  I have never been allergic to anything my whole life so don't know what to make of this.

I don't have medical insurance and don't trust the medical professionals anyway.  All they ever do is just treat the symptons and never the source......I've had lots of experience with this, believe me !  I've since found out there are very few Dr.'s that really care about healing people, they're mostly in it for the money, so my husband and I try to do the homeopathic route.  He's even dropped his insurance at his job because all it was doing was robbing us every paycheck and when he did need the Dr., they just hurried him in and out of the office with a bunch of prescriptions that needed filling, but he kept having the same problems occur here again, only treating the symptoms (temporary) as opposed to going after the source (permanent). 

I've joined a bunch of natural health groups on Yahoo but haven't asked about my problem just yet.  I'm going to check out first and see if I can find anything out on there because that's most likely where they'll tell me to go anyway unless someone has an immediate solution for me.

This rash is very embarrassing and if I go anywhere I make sure to wear long sleeved shirts or just keep my jacket on because everyone around here will think I have some kind of leprosy (sp?) or something :o(

I've only had this for about 3-4 days so far, but it's still very irritating and makes me feel very alienated......even with my hubby (our "intimate life" has always been nil to none since we've met because of mental issues with how he was treated when growing up, but this rash is making it much, much worse, which I didn't think was possible !) I'm not in very good spirits right now.  The buns don't seem to notice, though, because they are being treated the same as always (like kings & queens) & are mostly just interested in each other & exploring, which is great !  I guess they figure mom can take care of her own problems without any consoling from them, LOL !  That's cool with me :o)

Here's to hoping we can pin this down as to the cause and take steps to get rid of it & avoid it in the future !

PS:  I've not been anywhere but here in my home & around town to the stores/restaurants (usual stuff) & haven't been exposed to anything "different" that sticks out in my mind.

I sure hope this rash isn't an indication that I'm allergic to my bunnies because it'll just kill me !

*~* Tami *~*

Many have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it. You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. ~~Antoine de Saint Exupery~~

User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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3/16/2008 2:53 PM
Tami, how about seeing a homeopath then? I am really concerned about this rash, it sounds serious especially since it is so inflamed and hot and spreading. I still think it would be worth at the very least going to a clinic, I know you aren't sold on Dr's but it sounds like you need help, maybe you have a friend who has a really good Dr. Sometimes it takes a while before you find the right one and I know the Dr's before didn't help but there are very good ones out there. Please just consider it. Do you have any friends in the medical field that can take a look at it?

User is Offline Coley
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3/16/2008 3:58 PM
thank you all so much, I went and saw a doc and he wasn't that much help ! lol He did tell me what he thought it was but I can't remember the name but basically, he doesn't know what causes the rash I have, and there isn't anything anyone can do about it but take medicine to help the ich. He said it should go away in about two weeks ( which seems like a lot because poison ivy, which I get a lot, doesn't last that long). Thanks for all the great suggestions! Hopefully I won't get it again !

User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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3/16/2008 8:14 PM
yesh - that's not so helpful, is it? well - hopefully it will go away soon.
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline Tami
Bedford, PA
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3/17/2008 2:27 AM

Hi Scarlet_Rose :o)

Well as far as going to see a homeopathic doc.....we don't have any around here & the "normal" Drs. leave a WHOLE LOT to be desired !  They have all grouped under the UPMC health plan and are such a clique that you will most likely end up in the hospital for something minor and end up coming out with some dreadful disease......or not come out at all !  All for the sake of money.......not only for them, but for Big Pharma, which is who most, if not all, are in "bed" with.  I'm not joking or making more out of this than what it is, believe me !  The docs around here are pure evil and the one that did really care about his patients left the area (I wonder why ???) & is now working with the Mennonite/Amish community in a clinic they built for him somewhere.  It's a real sorry state of affairs, let me tell ya !

I was doing some research online yesterday after I submitted my first post to this thread and from what I've gathered so far, they're calling it Eczema.  Never had this before, nor seen it before, but if that's what it is, they say it will go away on it's own in 2-3 wks. no matter if you go see a dermatologist or not !  So, I guess I will just tough it out and maybe ask my one health group if they might have any ideas on how to mabye get rid of it quicker.

I tried putting some Castor oil on it, as one of the sites I visited yesterday while doing research had mentioned, and it did make it feel better I have to say, but it's very hard not getting it all over everthing if you're not used to doing things because I'm constantly picking things up, brushing up agains stuff &........picking up my buns for big hugs :o(  I thought about wrapping my arms up in gauze or something, covering the oil so as not to 'smear' anything or get it on my clothes but hubby hasn't been feeling very good the last 3 days on top of getting up at 2:30am to be at work @ 4am, so I didn't want to bother him and I couldn't do it myself or I would've had it all over me :o(

Today I might try some organic, extra virgin coconut oil.  You can buy this @ any organic health food store or online & it's very good for cooking as well as on your skin.  It has wonderful antibacterial properties and my husband, sister & I use if for oil pulling for our teeth (haven't been to a dentist for years !) whitens the teeth and kills bacteria in the mouth that cause infection and cavities (we swish with organic sea salt as well, which is another wonderful germ killer for the mouth & keeps teeth healthy.......I have a link to keeping your teeth healthy so you don't have to go to the dentist ever again, if anyone is interested !).

Anyway, a lot of people in my health groups use the coconut oil for on their skin because it moisturizes and kills germs :o) 

I'm so sorry you didn't get any satisfaction at the Drs., coley.  That's exactly why I didn't go,I already knew !  LOL !!  Maybe you might want to try the Castor oil (make sure you buy from a health food store, though.....I'm not sure what's been secretly added to the type you can get at your local discount store, but heaven forbid if you end up making it worse by buying it from one of those places !).

I will definitely ask my one group today if they have any suggestions for me !  Oh !  I just sis mentioned trying to make a paste with baking soda & water and smearing it on my arms.......I haven't tried it yet because I don't have any baking soda in the cupboard, but it's not that expensive and lasts a while, so that will be my next "experiment" ;o)

*~* Tami *~*

Many have forgotten this truth, but you must not forget it. You remain responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. ~~Antoine de Saint Exupery~~

User is Offline Staja
Boston, MA
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3/17/2008 4:54 AM

As others have mentioned, allergies happen at any time.

One of my favourite fruits has always been mangos. A couple of years ago, I cut one up, and ate it - 2 days later, I woke up with swollen lips (like Angelina Jolie) and and a rash all over my face. Yup, took awhile for the doc to figure out what actually caused it, but after years of loving and eating mangos, I now get contact dermatitis from them. I also recently found out that I can't eat cashews, either, as they cause a much milder form of the dermatitis - not as bad, but not worth going through the itching, discomfort, and ugliness of having a rash on my face.

Since I used to get the rash on my face, I would use Extra Virgin Olive Oil on my lips, to keep them hydrated. However, on large areas of skin, you want to be careful using any sort of oil or covering - with rashes, you do want them to be able to breathe and dry out. A loose gauze wrap over the area would be good when you are going out, but I wouldn't keep it on all day. Also, a cortisone cream/spray or an antihistamine (Bendaryl makes topical preparations, as well) may help with some of the inflammation.

Good luck with your rashes!

Warren Z. Bunny says, "hop, hop, hop"

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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3/17/2008 5:52 AM
I also wanted to suggest a hydrocortizone cream, that might calm the rash as well as ease the itch. Or calomine lotion, that will take the itch out as well! They are both over the counter remedies!

User is Offline Heath
Dallas, TX
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3/17/2008 12:03 PM

I'm pretty severely allergic to peanuts: even being in the same room with them gives me breathing difficulties. When I first got my bun, I noticed that his food had a peanut warning! Apparently, they're made in the same factory as other pet foods that DO contain peanuts are.  As soon as I fed him, I got hardcore rashes all up and down my hands.

Moral of the story is, check the bunny's food. See if it's maybe something in there that's causing it.

Bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes! They've got them hoppy legs and twitchy little noses. And what's with all the carrots, what do they need such good eyesight for anyway!? Bunnies, bunnies, it must be bunnies!

User is Offline notjulesverne
Gilroy, CA
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3/17/2008 12:32 PM
Have you been in any hot tubs lately, I friend developed a type of dermatitis from a contaminated hot tub....
Sometimes we don't do the things we want to do so that others won't know we want to do them.
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