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Old 03-13-2013, 12:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was cutting my hedgie's nails last night which, of course, he hates. He jabbed me a couple of times with his quills. I've never reacted to him before (I've had him for about 9 months) but I quickly developed a horrible white rash where his quills were. It also came up where he bit me on the wrist (he REALLY hates getting his nails done!). They were white bumps that itched and burned terribly. I took a lot of Benadryl and fell right asleep, and it was mostly gone by the morning. I hope this doesn't become a regular thing! I've attached the best picture I could take, I'm sorry it's so poor quality.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A totally normal allergy, same thing happens to me, especially when the quills poke me. The itchiness usually goes away after ~30 minutes, so I don't bother taking Benadryl. Washing the spot helps, as it can wash away some of the histamines. Mine have gotten a little worse over time, and the vet said that can happen with new allergies. Nothing to worry about, but unfortunately it's unlikely to stop.
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i had the same thing happen to me, well not the bumps or anything, my hands felt tingly but after awhile it stopped. Thicket did find something on my shoe that she took an interest in and put it all over her spines before i realized she was licking my shoe...so it could be something you're hedgehog put on its self?
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I was curious about the same thing as Gallium, wondering if maybe it was something that she ate and then anointed? It would then still maybe be in trace amounts in her mouth.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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He hasn't eaten anything new that I'm aware of, but he hasn't had a bath in a few weeks, so it's totally a possibility that he had something on his quills.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i found this, maybe this will help a little bit??

https://hedgehogcentral.com/allergic.shtml
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I'm horribly allergic to some of the stuff Pindsvin has anointed with. Some people believe its part of hedgehog defence to coat their quills with toxic things to discourage predators lol.
Normally I just take note of what he anoints with to see what I react to and avoid letting him near it in future :P

It might be something like that?
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:59 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I had the same thing happen to me in almost the exact same spot yesterday, forearms are sensitive anyways, if he hasn't had a bath in a while it could be anything poking into your skin, including bacteria from poop and the like. It's not a reaction to your hedgehog, but something else.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I think the link Gallium posted was super helpful. My roommate's cat had been rubbing on my arms and I'm fairly allergic to him. Maybe the quills just exacerbated that. My hedgie has also developed the habit of drinking his own urine and then annointing to it, although I held him the next day and didn't have a reaction, so I think it was the cat. Thanks, everyone, for your inputs!
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