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post #1 of 14 Old 07-16-2010, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Allergic to hay?

Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone else in the horse world deals with something similar to me.

Hay, the thing I am around 90% of the time at the barn, reacts strangely with my skin, and if allergy season comes around it makes me drippy, itchy, and sneezy in my sinuses.

But it's mostly a skin thing! I avoid touching it as much as possible and allow the workers to give my horse his meal time flakes, but in some instances, like yesterday, I had to touch it. Yesterday when I had to unclip my horse from the cross ties to allow another horse to pass, he took a bite from a nearby bale of hay, and flung the bale across the aisle. When one of the workers was sweeping she put my brush box on top of the bale so my brush box was spewed across the floor. I ended up having to pick the bale back up, and then re assemble my brush box with all my stuff covered in hay.

When I was done cleaning up the mess I noticed on my right arm, starting from the wrist all the way to the elbow long, straight and red stratches, tons of them, they looked like something that someone who self harms themself would so! Some of them were pretty deep and I can still see them today and many of them were actually bleeding! They were quite itchy as well.

I was wondering if anyone else has these issues regarding hay? How do you guys with hay allergies deal with it? I'm just worried it'll progress to a point where it's difficult to be around my horsie and I don't want that :[
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-16-2010, 09:56 AM
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Hay is scratchy in general, so I doubt the scratches you're seeing are because of an allergic reaction. You got scratched pretty badly if some of them were bleeding. Next time wear gloves when handling hay.

You may be allergic to dust mites, hair, or even dust itself. You could have grass allergies, which would account for the sinus problems you're experiencing.

However, I'm not a doctor, and while it sounds like you may have allergies, I have no clue as to what's triggering your allergic reactions.

Your best bet is to speak to a doctor and have a variety of tests done to determine to what it is you're allergic. That way, you'll be able to procure the correct medicine to combat your symptoms.
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Oh I've been to a doctor about my terrible allergies, I have pills for them and they help loads.

As for the skin problems sometimes me scratches come with little bumpies, gloves sound like a good idea!
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Good, then you're already ahead of the game.

Yep, I always wear gloves when handling hay. I get a nasty hay rash and scratches if I don't.
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-16-2010, 11:24 AM
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I'm allergic to one kind of hay... I think it's alfalfa? I can't remember lol.
But anyways, when I carry it I get red bumps and scratches all over my arms. They get really itchy and annoying for a few hours but then go away.
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Oh I've been to a doctor about my terrible allergies, I have pills for them and they help loads.

As for the skin problems sometimes me scratches come with little bumpies, gloves sound like a good idea!
I'm pretty sure a lot of people get that. When we have to unload/stack/feed hay pretty much all of us get red strachtes and bumps. That's why when you're unloading hay you should always wear pants to limit where the hay can stratch you. I'm allergic to dust mites and grass(only freshly cut though) so when I unload hay, I'm usually miserable that night. A nice shower should help with those red bumps and stratches.

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Thank you for helping me with this problem
when I visit my friends goats I got the same thing
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As others have said, most people get scratched by hay. Scratches that are not deep often swell on most people as well.

I developed an allergy to hay while working with horses and had to start taking nasal steroids to stop my nose from running/being clogged constantly.
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post #9 of 14 Old 05-12-2014, 05:39 AM
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You may want to try an OTC antihistamine like Benadryl. Generic Benadryl is very inexpensive and is often the first thing tried for allergies.
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post #10 of 14 Old 05-12-2014, 02:05 PM
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I have grass & hay allergies. Usually the reaction goes away on it's own, but if I've been feeding a barn full of horses or just touching it a lot more for whatever reason, that's when I'll take a benadryl.
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