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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have had hives for a few days and just found out I stayed in a house with bedbugs in it a few weeks ago. I can see no signs of bedbugs in my home. What should I do?
Doctor :   HI
Doctor :   Dr ccc here
Doctor :   Do you have any alleriges at present
User :   when I developed the hives I was staying in someone elses house with dogs. I thought I was having a reaction to the dogs or to something in their home. now I am not sure
User :   Yes I have hay fever and sometimes I have allergic reactions (skin reactions) for reasons I don't know yet
User :   I thought that was what was happening
User :   but then I found out about the bed bugs
User :   this is worse than normal
Doctor :   Its may be due to dogs also
Doctor :   Did you try taking anti histamines
User :   yes it helped some
User :   but I am still a little itchy but not as much as before
User :   I don't want to spread bed bugs if that is what I have
Doctor :   Like chlora trimeton, triminic
User :   I tried claritin
Doctor :   Unless physically examined bugs cant be detected
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   For itching you can also try the lotion calamine
User :   so there is no way to tell if it is bedbugs unless I can find some bedbugs?
Doctor :   Did you play with the dog
Doctor :   Yes
User :   yes I was dogsitting there for a week. I have regular interactions with dogs though
User :   I had a lot of contact with them
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Proabably you might tick infestation
User :   I have lots and lots of hives
Doctor :   Were you able to isolate any?
User :   any bugs?
User :   I haven't seen any bugs of any kind
Doctor :   Ok\
Doctor :   My advise is avoid dog contact for a week
User :   or any other signs like droppings or blood or anything
User :   ok
Doctor :   And try antihistamines suggested
Doctor :   HOpe things will setle soon
Doctor :   *settle
User :   what if they dont' go away. when should i see a doctor?
User :   i've had them for 4 days now
User :   but I had contact with dogs until today
Doctor :   If itching is intolerable or hives invrease in size
User :   ok
Doctor :   Plz do avoid from now
Doctor :   Plus medications will definitely cure
User :   I should avoid dogs altogether?
Doctor :   Yes for time being
Doctor :   Till the cause is sorted out
User :   for how long do you think? just until they go away?
Doctor :   3 - 4 days
User :   I am a dogwalker they are hard to avoid
Doctor :   From the last contact
User :   ok I will try
Doctor :   You can explain your condition to your ...
User :   ok I will see no dogs this week
User :   see if it helps
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   Wishing you speedy recovery
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   bye
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
Doctor :   Are you there?
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