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Old 03-19-2012, 05:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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anyone know if you can be allergic to a hedgehog ive been quilled and it burns and i get hyves from it.was thinking gloves may work and long sleeves
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Yes, you can be allergic to hedgehogs, or other particles that the hedgehog's quills can push into your skin (which is usually the issue).
I wouldn't wear gloves. The best thing that you could do is take an over-the-counter allergy medication... since the reaction is usually to other matters (that aren't the hedgehog), it'll help it out.
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks ill try that i just got him and want to be able to bond in a comfortable fashion
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I get reactions with my little guy when his quills stick into my wrists or arms. Wearing long sleeves helps cut down on how many quills I get poked with in the winter. Otherwise I find that just washing the affected area with soap and water is enough to get the itching and redness to go away.
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Old 03-19-2012, 07:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I just want to say that the reactions will calm down too. I read somewhere that almost everyone breaks out a bit when they first hold a hedgie. I only did for the first 2 or 3 days and then my hands got used to the constant poking and now it doesn't bother me at all.
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks fgor the informationit helps to know others have experienced this
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I see wood shavings.
Your allergies could be coming from that and not the hedgehog. The oils in the shavings irritate people as well as hedgies.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Very cute picture! I am allergic to my hedgie but its nothing really. I get bumps or hives where she touches my wrists and my hands itch afterwards. I.can deal with that. Just rinse or wash after and it goes away.

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I get a reaction but only from one of my hedgehogs. The other im fine with. i usually just wear long sleeves and wash my hands after. im already on a daily allergy medication but i still get hives sometimes. get some calomine lotion if they itching is really bothering you.
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