My general question is basically this: If you know you’re going to come in contact with something that causes an allergic reaction, and know that there’s not much way to avoid it, is there action you can take to avoid having a reaction to that allergen?
The specifics of the situation are this: I’m going home to visit my parents for Easter. Every time I go to their house, I have an allergic reaction to something there. I believe it’s their water, which comes from a well and smells strongly of sulfer and other unidentifiable minerals. After showering at their house, I end up with a rash/hives on my face, mostly along the sides of my nose, and under my eyes. It BURNS like a bitch and is very angry and red. Not to mention ugly. And itchy.
I use the same things to wash my face there as I do in my house…I take them with me. I use the same moisturizer. My mother switched to my brand of laundry detergent to try to avoid the problem, but it didn’t help.
I would LOVE to figure out how to avoid this. I tried taking Benedryl ahead of shower times on my last trip, and all that did was make me sleepy. I’ve tried to eliminate all the potential allergens, but if it truly is the water, there’s really no way I can avoid it. I have to shower and wash my face while I’m there.
Does anyone have any advice for me? Please?