So I recently just did laundry. I had some clothes and 1 sheet for my bed. I usually have a big load and put 2 cups of detergent but I had 2 small loads and still put 2 cups. That night after I took a shower, after I went to breastfeed my daughter (on my bed with the washed sheet) then after my neck started to feel really uncomfortably itchy and felt inflamed by my itching. Then that night it got worst. Went on my arms and legs. Went to the ER the next day, they gave me a generic version of Benadryl and an antibiotic to take for 5 days. The first time I took the Benadryl, it didn't kick in for an hour. After I took a half an hour nap, I woke up and I didn't feel itchy but these huge patches of red appeared on my upper arm, where my arm lays on my shirt. Only on the right side though. I also washed that shirt. I went to put on another shirt that I had not recently washed and it VERY slowly went away. After that I had to change due to leakage of my breast so I put on a T-shirt that I had ALSO not recently washed but the whole lining of my neck started to get itchy and on my chest and a little on my arms. Got tired of it so I took everything off and put on this dress I haven't washed recently, and it just gets worst. I have red inflamed bumps all over my upper and lower inner arm, the sides of my belly, both of my thighs, front and back of my calves, my neck, and also some on my face.. It's so itchy and the inflamed bumps are EVERYWHERE. it's currently 4:30 in the morning and I can't sleep due to the uncomfortable itching. I need help, please. Should I rewash everything including pillows and this other sheet I did not recently wash? Or am I wasting my time and money?
2 cups of detergent? Or two capfuls? I use 1 and a quarter fluid ounces of washing detergent. What is your tap water like? Is it easy to rinse soap off or does it take a lot of water?
If you are going to rewash things (I would); read the packet and use half the amount of detergent so the clothes rinse properly.
You have my sympathy with the itching (mine is caused by high phosphate levels in my blood); it is a bit beyond maddening.
Sierra; Yes I agree with Stephan is this the same type or brand of soap you have used or a new one. also, it sounds like too much soap for that amount of Laundry. I would at least run it through a cycle without any soap and don't use those dryer sheets. That is for just the clothes that you just did and see if that is what it is. Also is there anything new in the last few days that you have tried as in food, soap medication. Anyway, hope it is all cleared up by now.
Dryer sheets are responsible for allergies and contact dermatitis.
Think of the effect of drying your clothes with a coating of whatever right on top of your skin.
I found out something about washing machines that I didn't know. The soap accumulates because it's so concentrated.
I tested it by throwing the clothes in and checking mid-cycle . Sure enough there were suds !
Perhaps the clothes are not rinsed enough but there were suds.
I would suggest you do the "bleach only" on cleaning cycle before you start rewashing.
You mentioned breastfeeding. I noticed my body was super-sensitive to chemicals because of hormonal changes. I would use the fragrance free Ivory or something similar until this is resolved.
You may want to apply a topical OTC lotion to the worst areas. The type containing hydrocortisone .
Wait ! Chuck will know better. Is it ok to use the ointment with breastfeeding ?
Keep the temp cool in your house while sleeping because sweating makes it worse.
You could also do an oatmeal bath. It's an old time treatment for severe itching during measles,etc. An oatmeal soak does reduce the itching right before bedtime.
Keep yourself hydrated so you don't lose your breast milk during a time of stress.
Avoid perfumes,etc until this is resolved.
Congrats on your baby. :)
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