Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

Hive Five!

You have to take the rough with the smooth.  Having a body that is very sensitive to stimuli is great under lots of circumstances, but it has its drawbacks, since it is very sensitive.

Last fall, I discovered I had a new allergy.  Arm And Hammer Carpet Deodorizer.  My skin turned red and I broke out in hives.  I got a carpet shampooer and did the whole house to get rid of the demon powder.  However, it helped, but not enough.  I would still get hive outbreaks at seemingly random times on random parts of my body.  And I hate them.  Especially the persistent ones, that wake you up in the middle of the night from scratching multiple times.  So you wake up tired and with arms and legs that look like a cat used them for a scratching post.  Benadryll didn't do shit.

I tried talking to a doctor about the hives.  He said there is really no cure for them.  He could give me medication, but it would have to be monitored, since the hives could change and require something else to control them with no warning whatsoever.  He also suggested that if I de-stress my life, I might keep them under control.  Sorry, my regular job is stress, I'm a compulsive overachiever, and I have to do things.  De-stressing is just not an option.  What's more, I don't like the thought of turning my body into a walking chemistry lab.  I decided to try a few other things first.  Things like Aveno didn't work.

My teacher is a proponent of natural cures (herbs and stuff like that).  When I discovered my body reacted very positively to those things, she taught me some stuff.  I prayed she would know something that would help.  So I sent her an e-mail with one sentence:  "HOW DO I GET RID OF HIVES?!?!?"

A couple of days later, I get a response with one sentence:  "Hydrogen peroxide."

I stared and the screen and thought, "No shit?"

Well, she's never been wrong before.  So I get myself a bottle of hydrogen peroxide.  Now, I needed a patch of hives to test it on.  I could have just sat and waited for an outbreak, but the legendary Peter G impatience won the day.  I made myself a batch of noodles.  I love noodles.  I can't get enough of them.  When I'm out at the movies, Noodles And Company is my favorite place to hit.  And since November, they had been triggering hive outbreaks.  I made a small batch to hopefully keep the reaction small and chowed down.

A couple of hours later, I was absent-mindedly scratching my left shoulder.  I suddenly remembered that the sign an outbreak is about to hit.  I rushed to the bathroom and pulled off my shirt.  Red red red and the little bumps were starting.  With a deep breath and a battle cry of "Here goes nothing!", I poured hydrogen peroxide on my shoulder.

It burns!

I then went back to the computer for a while.  It was only a couple of minutes later that I noticed I wasn't scratching anymore.  A quick check showed the red was nearly gone.

Other outbreaks continued through the night before bed.  Only a patch on my right thigh required a second shot of H2O2.  Everything else?  One good hit, and it was neutralized.  In fact, not only did I sleep through the night, but when I woke the next morning, the skin in those areas was nearly clear.

Since then, there have been a couple of small patches and they've been dealt with quickly.  Bonus -- they don't reappear in those spots.  So I might finally be rid of them!

Thank you, teacher, for improving my life again!
Tags: important life lessons
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