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  1. Building Construction = Gluten Problems?

    Hello everyone, thank you all so much for your replies & encouragement!! I finally got soooo itchy I couldn't stand it any longer and I asked to be moved to another building. I was so nervouce about asking, but my supervisor and facilities crew were so nice, so helpful, and only wanted the best for me and wanted me to feel better. I moved to the other building on Oct. 16th and about a week later felt MUCH better!! I had to go back to my original building on Oct. 30th to pick something up & I was only in ther for 15min. max and about 10 min. later my rash was completely back, I was itching like crazy, and it looked horrible. I took pics on my phone to keep note of it and I had a coworker look at it & she was amazed at what happened to me in that short amount of time. YIPES! My coworkers have been wonderful though & they now try to always bring stuff over to me so I don't have to go back to my original office space. It took another week and a half just to somewhat get my skin back to normal again. I have heard if you have a bad allergy it will usually get worse everytime you are around that allergen. My concern is that once the construction is completed which should be in the next week or so what will happen if I need to move back into my original office again? I wonder how long it takes for it to clear the space and the air? As bad as my last reaction was I really am afraid to even go into that building again. Thanks for listening and if anyone has any more advice please feel free to share.
  2. Sorry I am so late in replying back to this post. I didn't forget about you all and I want all of you to know that your posts really helped calm my nerves & it was so nice knowing what to expect. I had my testing done on Oct. 3rd and Oct. 17th of 2013. I had 72 scratch tests done & 68 needle injection tests (those were the painful ones), but thank goodness none of it was horrible. I found out I am allergic to clams, shrimp, brazil nuts, and pecans. Thank goodness none of those are foods that I really like. :) I do love to eat pecan snowball cookies around Christmas time so hopefully a couple of those won't hurt, hehe They only tested me for wheat out of the gluten foods & he said it wasn't too much of a reaction, but I also had been off gluten for 2 months when they did the test so he said it could be that he didn't get a true reaction. I also found out I am VERY allergic to Dust, Mold, Mites, Mildew, Pine, Grasses, etc. No surprise there.... I always sneeze my head off when I get around those things. My Allergist said I could try going back on gluten foods for a couple weeks to get a definite answer or not & let me tell you when I started eating gluten again I started itching, got my rash back, felt more tired, felt puffy & bloated, and all around just didn't feel my best. So as of Nov. 10th, 2013 I am completely eating gluten free again and just 3 days in I already feel so much better... now just waiting for my awfful itching & rash to go away. Thank you all again for your support!!! After reading several posts on this board it is clear that you all love & support each other and it is soooo nice to see that!! Take care!!
  3. Building Construction = Gluten Problems?

    Thanks for the replies! I greatly appreciate your advice & info. I think I am going to have to talk to my supervisors & see if there is something we can work out... even if I try it for a month or so & just see if my skin improves or not (not sure how long it would take to even tell a difference).
  4. Thank you all! You have been very helpful & I am a bit more relaxed about it now that I know what to expect. Will try to keep you posted.
  5. Hi, I am brand new here & this is my 2nd post. Here is a little bit of my story & I would love some info & advice if you have any to share. I am a female that just turned 30 yrs old. I have worked at my current job going on 4 years. I have always been super healthy (Praise God) & never had more than a bad cold or flu bug besides some normal seasonal allergies (Ex: runny nose). This past Spring at work they started doing construction in my direct office area so that they could create some more offices for new employees. It is a fairly older building from the early 1960's. Well, even though they tried to use plastic drapes a bunch of dust and particles were in the air all the time. I seemed to feel fine, but I developed a terrible rash in several places & my ears & scalp were super itchy (user name ). As I look back now all of this started the exact same time the construction did. I have been to 3 Dr's and one of them had no idea, the other 2 seem to think it might be caused by gluten. I am now undergoing different medical tests. They are still doing construction in other areas of the building now, but not directly in my office space. This construction is the only new thing that has changed in my daily life. My big question is: do you think my DH/Gluten rash could have been caused or aggravated by all of this office construction work? I never had any rash issues at home or work before this Spring. Sometimes I think it sounds crazy, but I REALLY think this could be the cause. If this is what is causing the issue I'm not sure if I should ask to be moved to another building? Thanks for listening & I look forward to hearing your replies.
  6. Hello all, I am brand new here. Your board messages have been very helpful so far. My question is about the skin scratch test to see what allergies I might have. My Dr. told me not to take any medicines at all except for my prescription Thyroid medicine. I know that they will be testing different things out on my skin, but for those that have had this done my questions are: Do you feel bad afterwards? If so, how long do the symptoms last? Was this test helpful for you? My 2 Dr's think I am allergic to gluten & possibly some other things. Thanks!