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Old 10-26-2015, 10:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I've had my hedgehog Rosie for almost 9 months now. She is super social and cuddly and all-around awesome. Never had a problem.

But... I got Priscilla 3 weeks ago. She wasn't abused, but she has been bounced around homes after being surrendered to a vet's office. It seems she was fed and watered but not much else. She's quite huffy, and not sure about being held, but we're working on it and she is better already!

Anyway, if she quills me I immediately get itchy, and by the time I get her put up and my hands washed I have little hives

I suspect it's either she hasn't been bathed, or she was bathed with soap I'm allergic to (almost anything with fragrance).

Anyone have experience with this?
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Old 10-26-2015, 11:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's not entirely uncommon. I haven't had experience with this personally, but I've seen the occasional post asking similar things.

I'm thinking along the same lines you are. Either she's not clean or there's something on her that you're allergic to. I would take a damp cloth and just wipe her down and see if that makes a difference.
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Bedding can make a difference. Also depending on if she is sharper due to quilling makes a difference.
If there is anything your sensitive to on her or yourself and she pokes you, it can get into your skin causing irritation.
How long do the hives last?
Try washing your hands before handling her with cold water. Then wash again after. Cold will help reduce the itching. Also the drier your skin is, the easier it is to be pricked.
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My daughter has mild allergies and asthma. We keep Bella in my daughter's room with no problem, but if she does get a full quill poke she gets a burning itch for several minutes - kind of like thistle feels. We keep aloe in the fridge and that helps immediately, or you can get a prescription cream (but I think it has steriods in it so we never use it)
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Bedding can make a difference. Also depending on if she is sharper due to quilling makes a difference.
If there is anything your sensitive to on her or yourself and she pokes you, it can get into your skin causing irritation.
How long do the hives last?
Try washing your hands before handling her with cold water. Then wash again after. Cold will help reduce the itching. Also the drier your skin is, the easier it is to be pricked.
She is on fleece. I doubt it's quilling, with her being 4. But, her quills are sharper than Rosie's.

I have (had? It's controlled with meds )such bad skin allergies I think it's like you said, stuff being pushed into my skin.

The hives are gone within an hour.

Good idea. I had noticed cold water helps more than warm.
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Old 10-28-2015, 10:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I also get the hedgie hives. If you figure out something that works let me know. I bathed her in Aveeno soap and switched her to fleece bedding and that seems to be helping a lot. I think for her next bath I am going to just use regular oatmeal and see if that makes it even better.
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