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Over the past several years it's seems I've developed some sort of allergy to deer hair. Its very similar to pollen/hay allergies with itchy eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat and hives. It doesn't bother to butcher or eat them, just when I come in contact with the hair when field dressing or skinning. I have taken benadryl as soon as I get home with one and it alleviates it. I guess I need to start carrying it in my pack. Does anyone else have this problem or have any suggestions?
 

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Take it before going hunting every day.It's probably the dander not the hair.If you get a bad enough reaction it is hard to breath.Getting out of the woods having trouble breathing?Good luck dragging a deer.
 

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I get hives up my arms. But only when gutting doe, I have no idea why. Sometimes it's worse than others. I do take Benadryl whenever I have one on the ground and it usually takes care of it. Nothing happens when skinning or butchering either. Guys I hunt with used to tease me when I was younger and say I just must be allergic to women.
 

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I have the exact same thing as you bigbear. I pop a Benadryl once I shoot a deer then wait half an hour and go recover it. I only have a problem with the hair, no problems with butchering the meat. I found out I was allergic to whatever it is on deer from the first time I handled one. Funny thing is there is nothing else out there that gives me an allergic reaction
 

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Wow! Never heard of anyone having this and am surprised at the number here who do have it. It's one thing I haven't shown allergies to so far. That's too bad, but it sounds like a bunch of you have found ways to get around it. Good luck.
 

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I get it from BLOOD.... I can touch their coat all I want and no issues. As soon as I field dress I turn into a itchy, bump covered mess. It took a while to figure out that it was the blood and not the hide/ dander. I had to start wearing gloves.
 

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Any person who has an allergic reaction to deer hair, blood, pee or anything deer related and hunts them should immediately see an allergist. This stuff is nothing to play with. If you go into anephaltic (spelling) shock in the middle of the woods you will be in deep trouble. Ge it checked out. I recently had an issue in which I had to use a topical antibiotic and it turned out that I am allergic to the stuff. WHAMMO; the small infection the antibiotic was supposed to cure went all through my body and I am finally back on my feet. It took a solid month, 4 visits to 2 different doctors and about $1,000 in medical bills. Not to mention the side effects. Ge it checked out - this stuff can kill you.
 

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I have it!!

Apparently, the last time I wore my camo hoodie was when I killed my buck on the first day of rifle last year. I sneezed for 30 minutes last Saturday and just went home.

Just my forearms get rashy. Skinning bothers me also.
 
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