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Am I Allergic to Myself?

By Anonymous July 17, 2008 - 6:10pm
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This may seem like an odd question, and I feel odd asking it! I really don't know when this started. Whenever my face gets just the slightest bit sweaty, which happens often in humid weather, one side of my face starts itching terribly. The area is next to my nose, under my eye, under where the lenses of my reading glasses would be. I mention the reading glasses because, since I'm sensitive to metal, I wear rimless lenses.

Can I actually be allergic to my own sweat? Is it possible that a high acidity level could be at the root of the problem?

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Thanks for your question - your issue isn't unusual. Sweat makes many people itch - even just sweating a little.

There is also a skin condition called Cholinergic Urticaria. This is a form of hives brought on by increased heat. Do you notice any marks or any kind of heat rash? Some sufferers of Cholinergic Urticaria feel more itch than see marks.

For more on Cholinergic Urticaria, please check here http://allergies.about.com/od/urticariahives/a/cholinergic.htm

I'd also see a dermatologist if you continue this discomfort - this has to be a tough issue - especially in the summer months. Please keep us posted!

July 18, 2008 - 1:36pm
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It's more likely a reaction to the heat. Anything that increases blood flow can itch.

July 18, 2008 - 1:26pm

Could this be an allergic reaction to cosmetics?

I found this on contact dermatitis: Allergic and Contact Dermatitis

Perhaps a dermatologist might be able to help figure this out.

July 17, 2008 - 6:19pm
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