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I had an outbreak of allergies after cleaning cages Friday. I'm pretty sure thats what caused it. I had cleaned 1 cage and fluffed up others. Within a few hours my eyes were itching like crazy and blood red. I thought maybe i was just tired from not sleeping well for 2 nights. So i took some allergy meds and no luck. I tried a different pill and that helped some. I did some research and looked if there was an otc medicine that worked best. That and some eye drops make me look better. I didn't want to go out anywhere with my blood eyes. I was coming to the realization my piggies may have to go8...8....l I have 5 pigs now. Seriously rescued the 2 i posted about getting last week. This lady could've had a pet store in her home with all the animals she has. These piggies weren't getting proper care and love. They're happy now though. The 5th 1 i got is a bully so she has to be in a cage by herself. They were doing they're sniffing, checking each other out and Lucy freaked on them all. I even had their cages by next to each other for 5 days.The 4 that get along are in a big pen in my home. So anyways..my allergies have cleared up after 3 days of misery. Whatever caused it is not bothering me now. I read sometimes your body can to get used to something and may go away. I have plenty of allergy meds and eye drops on hand. I hope it never comes back. I was almost willing to put up with it but it was so bad. I'm soooo Happy now all my piggies are still here and that i wasn't so quick to give up. I love all my girls so much.. Heres pic of lucy(the bully).
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Some people may think i'm nuts for having 5. I ended up getting the 2 i posted about last week because the i told the lady i'd take them then changed my mind so she deleted the ad right away. I took them anyway and i'm so glad i did. I love their crazy hair. They are friendly too. This is them. Pattycakes(black) Ms. piggy(brown).
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I know what its like to have allergies but I know I build up tolerances to things - I am allergic to cats and dogs but as long as I stay around them I am fine, have a break and my allergies come back.

One of the reasons I dont want to use shavings as bedding is my allergies, I can cope with the hay as I can wear gloves to touch it as I had done all through farming but dust gets in your lungs so much.

I have antihistamines about all the time - mainly cos I react to some weird things, but as hayfever season comes upon us, I become more reactive, maybe the weather made you more allergic for a while and the antihistamines have now settled your immune system down again.
 
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I use carefresh bedding. I now wear a dust mask and i have always worn gloves to clean cages. I'll open a window next time i clean too.
 

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dont forget to wash your hands and arms and face - even if you have worn gloves. The wind we had last week made my skin itch like crazy and my scalp too - drove me mad but I couldnt (or wouldnt) wash my hair everyday so put up with it.
 
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Oh yeah that too. I wash my hands alot as it is. I figured it would've happend faster. They were all here 2 days before i flared up. I guess all that bedding i dealt with did it. Just 2 pigs weren't bothering me. I had callie and snickers for a month or so.
 

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I have to be on antihistamines all the time because I have hayfever virtually all year round even without the piggies. Sometimes, dusting during the height of the grass season would send me to the floor with a sneezing fit.

I am so glad for you and the piggies that it was just a one off.
 
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I sure hope so.. I know now of ways to help prevent it. I've never had these kind of allergy problems. I'll put up with what i can to keep them. I'm so attatched.
 

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i had a rex agouti until summer last year :( and i was completely allergic to him, and he was such a cuddler, i had to take antihistamines and put on cream to handle him, BUT i have to say, worth every pill and cream rub!

Every time i handled him i wheezed, went red, itched, came up in lumps rolleyes the things we do for x)
 
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Well thank goodness it was only after cleaning. I handle and give them plenty of attention so it couldn't have been that. I wear gloves sometimes to hold them. Yes its all worth it. Love the lil piggies SO much.
 
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I'm so glad it cleared up for you and you didn't have to get rid of the piggies, that would have been heartbreaking. I used to be terribly allergic to cats, we had a lot of strays running around where I lived and it was a horrible way to be, but I seem to have grown out of it, so hopefully whatever irritated you won't have that effect again :)
 
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