We’ve had Gibby for about 8 months now and and while he is technically “Bobby’s pet”, I have fallen for his adorable little face and little guinea pig antics.
He is quite the opposite of having 2 giant breed dogs as pets and I have really enjoyed cuddling with him, porting him around in my arms and putting him in fun and crazy photo props.
Which brings me to a very sad and upsetting confession.
I’m 99.8% sure that I’m allergic to him.
I’ve been keeping this realization to myself for the past few months and testing my suspicions.
I play with the pig and my eye swells to the size of an egg and I look like an alien.
I don’t play with the pig and I’m normal.
It couldn’t be any more obvious and believe me I have tried to prove myself wrong many times.
The first time it happened a few months ago I tried to blame it on shellfish. Out of the blue my left eye started to get all red and itchy and my sclera started to swell to the point that it was covering up my retina. I have to admit I freaked out a bit because this has never happened to me before.
My husband was a little freaked out to and told me, “That doesn’t look right.”
“Um, no. It does not. My eye looks like a boiled egg that could of been boiled for 5 more minutes. It’s a tumor.” I said. (because I always look at things in a rational way.)
“It’s not a tumor! Maybe your having an allergic reaction.” He said.
Which was what I was also thinking, after the tumor theory of course.
Maybe I was allergic to the crab legs I ate that night for dinner. I’ve never been allergic to shellfish before, but I am getting older and crazy stuff happens as you get older, or so I have been told.
Anyway the swelling and redness went down after I put a cold compress on my eye and didn’t happen again for another few days.
Same thing, big red, itchy swollen eye.
This time I blamed it on peanuts.
Oh great. Now I have a peanut allergy. Never had it before.
The third time it happened my husband said, “It happens every time you hold the guinea pig.”
Of which of course I let out an over dramatic gasp, ” No it does NOT! You are such a liar!”
“Whatever. Your allergic to the guinea pig.” he said.
Of course I refused to believe his insane theory for a few weeks, but as it kept happening, I started to give it some thought.
I looked up “guinea pig” allergies on Dr. Google and sure enough, this is what happens to some people when they are allergic to guinea pigs.
I still found it hard to believe. I mean after-all I have 2 of the furriest dogs there are and I have no allergies to them, so how can I be allergic to this little, mildly furry creature?
Well it just so happens that when people are allergic to guinea pigs they are allergic to proteins in the animal’s saliva and urine and/or their dander, not to their hair.
Now it makes sense.
I have tested this theory over and over again.
I have no problems when I handle his hay, bedding or pellets just him.
Now, don’t worry. Gibby is not relocating. He will of course, continue to call our home his. I just have to take precautions when I handle him and handle him less. This is going to be hard for me because I am they type of person who, if I have it mentally in my mind, not to touch my face when I am holding him or after I am holding him, I will always give in and touch my face.
Jen-newly allergic to guinea pigs and hating it.