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First off, I've already called the exterminators (Orkin), they came and took a swab and I'm just waiting for their response.
For the past week and a half I've started to develop hives and rashes on my body. It started at the base of my neck, spread down the back, to my right chest wall (ribs), down my legs and now arms and hands. It hasn't spread as bad to the front side of my body as bad as it is on the backside.
I wash my sheets once a week, vacuum my room once a week, and overall I'm pretty clean about where I sleep. But after all of that, I'm still getting outbreaks of rashes/hives on the exposed parts of my body. I slept on top of my military poncho liner, something the cat has not touched, and the outbreaks seemed a lot more mild than it has in the past 2 weeks. My diet hasn't changed, I haven't eaten anything I'm not accustomed to, my stress level is pretty mild, and my cigarette smoking habit hasn't changed at all.
I started being best friends with benadryl, and I've noticed that 1) the hives/rashes die down and 2) after hours away from my room, the hives/rashes die down as well. The only problem is that after 3 days, I started getting swelling in my throat, so I stopped taking benadryl.
What say you H/A? I'm honestly torn between if I want it to be bed bugs or an allergy to my roommates cat. On the one hand, bed bugs are nasty and horrible and the more expensive of the two but on the other hand, I don't want my roommate to have to give up his cat.