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Old 05-14-2013, 07:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well every time my little sister and I touch Bean, after a few seconds, anywhere his quills touch our skin it stings.
I'm not sure if this is normal or are we potentially allergic?
(The stinging goes away after a few minutes, plus there is no rash or anything like that)
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Are you allergic to anything else (pollen, dust, mold, etc)? Quills act as perfect needles to press it into your skin. It happens to a lot of people before you get used to it.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Quills act as perfect needles to press it into your skin.
When I got Sophie, the first few months I had to develop a tolerance. I'd get pricked and have very painful spots; they felt very swollen, but no infection or the like. They hurt a lot. After a few months it just stopped happening. Those quills can prick you, inject a touch of contamination, and seal over. You don't even know you got pricked. I wound up having to 'clip' the affected area to open it up. Soaking in hydrogen peroxide cleaned it out and the healing was much faster.

I made extra effort to always wash my hands very well after handling her. For me, it was always a finger that was affected; almost always on my left hand (which had the most contact with her).

Also, quills are a lot dirtier than they look. When hedgies are on the wheel, it is basically raining pee and poop. Her three-times-a-week foot-and-belly bath includes a good quill brushing (which she really likes, so win-win).
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. . . after a few seconds, anywhere his quills touch our skin it stings. . . .
If it is really that fast, that's something else again. I would suspect that you already have allergies or sensitivities.?
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