So somehow, I'm just now realizing that I have a hay allergy.
I've been riding for nearly 9 years now, but the barn I was at for 8 years always did straight alfalfa cubes and hay.
The only time I would handle regular hay was at shows with my mare, and only a few of those shows were in the summer. So it was never really bad.
But I moved to a new farm (and am moving to yet another new farm tomorrow), and I'm handling a lot of hay every day, and it's not about to stop, because we are working on selling our house and buying our /own/ farm.
At first I thought it was poison ivy, but it only itches once I come in contact with hay.
But the rest of the time, it looks like I've got red welts/sores all along the outside of my arms, from my wrist to elbow.
(For some reason, it's on the outside of my arms. Not on the top or bottom or inside.)
I don't have any other symptoms; nothing respiratory, and no problems with my eyes.
Right now I just wash my arms up to my elbows when I get home, and have been putting stuff on it throughout the day, like fluocinonide, calamine lotion, and hydrocortisone.
I also take Benadryl and Claritin in the morning, and Singulair at night, but it doesn't make any difference.
Has anyone here had experience with this?
Does anyone know of anything I can do about it??
I've thought about wearing some sort of sleeve when I handle hay (maybe like a glove that extends up to my elbow?)
Does anyone know where I could get something like this?
Or do you all have any other ideas?
[[Where I live, it's 90-100 with high humidity every day, so I /cannot/ wear a long sleeved shirt...just /not/ an option haha]] Anyone know a website or store I could get these from? Thanks guys, I think I may go for cutting up a pair of knee-socks today, and see how that goes Yes it could very well not be allergies!
I guess that's what I just term any bodily abnormality toward :s
Oh, and I guess I don't handle hay /that/ much, just a lot more than I ever had before... I'm not strong enough to lug one up over my shoulder LOL and end up carrying them out in front of me. Or just taking off the strings and carrying the flakes around.
And by doing that, the hay is really only touching the underside of my arms...
I don't know though, I do have some cuts from the hay, but they're all where I'd expect them to be: on the inside and underneath my arms, none on the outside, where those spots had shown up.
I've used some old socks for the last two days, and they /seem/ to be doing the job! I still have something like a flare-up right when I'm there, but it seems to be healing!