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Ever since I was a little girl, I had terrible allergies. So bad in fact that I was in the doctor's office every month getting new medicines to try because I was suffering so badly. I thought maybe as I got older, I would hopefully outgrow it, but it seemed to get worse, especially after I had Mary. About four month after I had Mary, I had to wear a surgical mask when I went outside or into my basement because of the pollen and mold count. I was so sick that the only time I left the house was to go to the doctor. And most of the day, I laid down on the couch because I had no energy to do anything else. I could barely sit at the computer either.
So now you know about my outdoor allergies, but something happened to me last week that scared me even more than my outdoor allergies ever could. Last week I woke up in the middle of the night very itchy. To the point that I was scratching myself raw. So I decided to get up and see what it was and this is what I saw.
When I looked in the mirror, my heart sank. I've never had a rash before in my entire life and I had no idea what caused it. Things started running through my mind, desperately trying to think of what I might have touched or ate to cause it.
Since I couldn't sleep because the itch and burn was so intense, I decided to check online to see what my pollen count was for the day. Thanks to Allegra and MyAllerGenius, I checked my pollen count plus signed up for text messages each day with the pollen count for my area. The site was very helpful and my personal favorite part is the 4 day outlook you can see online.
My pollen count was pretty high so I thought maybe it was something outside that was bothering me. I put some medicated lotion on it, waited for the itch to go away, and tried to go back to sleep. But when I woke up, it was worse. That's when I started getting scared. I had no idea what was going on at all. But since the rash got less intense during the day, I decided to wash all my clothes and bath items in a fragrance free and dye free detergent to see if that would take care of the problem.
But the next night I woke up just as itchy and in pain as the first night! And by now, it was Saturday morning and my doctor was closed. So I did what any other itchy person would do. I bundled myself up and went to the urgent care to see what the problem was.
When I got there, they checked everything and told me I was having an allergic reaction to something and asked me to think if I had switched anything recently. I said I had switched my shampoo that week and they told me to try switching it back to normal, and if that worked and the rash went away, to start taking an antihistamine to help out these problems down the road.
So when I got home, I went online and printed off a coupon to buy Allegra and then headed over to CVS to see if Allegra would help take care of the rash.
My doctor had told me specifically to get Allegra and even though I hadn't had it in a long time, I trusted her to use it again. The associates inside were also very helpful with showing me where everything was for rashes too.
So I finally found the Allegra and went up to the front to check out with that and a box for my daughter from the children's section. I was very anxious to get home to take some to get rid of the rash!
When I got home, I took some and also switched my shampoo back to the my original one. And the next day I was completely better!
Look, normal skin! And you'll never guess what I was allergic to. Bamboo! Bamboo extract was in my shampoo and apparently I'm highly allergic to it. After I switched my shampoo back, the rash completely went away. Good thing I'm not a panda right?
So there's my scary week. And for someone who's never had a rash before and had no idea why I even had one, it really was scary. That rash was terrible. By the time I got to the doctor, I hadn't slept in 3 days because I was so itchy and in so much pain. So I can safely say that I'm glad last week is over!
If you have terrible allergies like me, you should head on over to MyAllerGenius to sign up for pollen text alerts for your area, tips on managing allergies and an interactive Beauty App. You can also download & print coupons for $4 off adult 30ct or larger and $2 off 15ct & children’s that can be used anytime during the year and sign up for emails with additional savings, allergy tips, product news, and bonus offers from Allegra partners.
Right now, CVS also has Allegra on sale too for $6 off the 45 pack of children’s which will be $9.99. It's only valid through 5/31 though and you must have a CVS card so what better time to sign up?
And make sure to sign up for the Allegra Twitter Party on May 14 from 1-2pm EST! There will be some great prizes and tips!
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