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Uh... Allergic?

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So I've had my hedgie Tiggy for almost a year now. It's a lot of work, especially for a low-maintenence dog person, but I've been trying to be the best hedgie owner I could be.

But recently, as in the past 2 months, I've noticed that when I handle Tiggy, I break out in hives. The hives are only on my forearm, and only in one or two spots. And they itch!
Usually just washing the area and putting hydrocortizone cream on it makes the hives go away, but this now happens every time I hold her.

Is it normal for people to have this? I mean, whoever heard of a hedgehog allergy? And if i was allergic, why didn't it show up ... oh I don't know... how about when I first got her??

It's been cold, and her skin has been extra dry (wet hedgie and vitamin e oil have a unique smell) so maybe... it's the dandruff-y stuff that makes me itch?

Any advice would be great. I really hope I don't have to give her back, I have become attached.
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I have heard of people being allergic to hedgies and there is a few people on this forum that are if I remember right. Sometimes it can be from just holding them and sometimes it happens when the quills poke the skin and will cause a reaction. I'm not allergic to hedgies but from being allergic to other things outdoors and some animals I just use Benedril Cream for skin reactions and hives and if its something that is worse then I take Benedril Pills (you'll want to clear it with your doctor first, this is just what I was told to use from mine as an over the counter fix). There is certain things I'm pretty severly allergic to and the Benedril clears it up.
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