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Old 02-15-2016, 11:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Developing allergies

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So, its not my hedgehog with the developing allergy... Its me. When I first got him last summer, his quills would sting my hand, without poking, and leave a burning sensation for a few minutes. No big deal. Now, all of a sudden, everywhere he touches me with them leave welts that sting and burn for long periods of time, and occasionally leave blisters, on my face.
Any ideas to what's causing this? Soap, bedding, food, and laundry soap to wash toys and blankets are the same. I don't want to let him go, I love him, he's the only pet I've had for 10 years. Any suggestions would mean the world.
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Old 02-16-2016, 12:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My daughter is allergic to Charlotte, every time she holds her she gets small hives on her hands. They only last about 10-15 minutes so nothing too serious. She generally tries to hold Charlotte with a fleece blanket and that solves the problem. Also if she gets really itchy half an allergy pill takes care of it.
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Maybe go for an allergy test at an allergist? Sometimes we, without warning become allergic to things that have always been normal part of our lives.

Maybe try touching the different things you use for him without touching him to see if you have a reaction? Hope you can figure it out.
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When was the last time he had a bath? If he has been anointing lately, or has been particularly messy with his wheel running, he may have urine or saliva on his quills. Both of these are very irritating, and their quills can drive those irritants under our skin.

Use a blanket as a barrier to pick him up if you need to to help prevent his quills from poking you. And always wash after holding him.
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