- Feb 22, 2020
- United States
@babycatcher - you could be allergic to Iodine. I am highly allergic to it, and if I wouldn’t have donated blood several times in the past, where they used iodine to clean my arm, I would likely be miserable now. They were planning to use iodine during my 2nd knee replacement surgery, till they noticed that my chart said I was allergic to iodine. They asked me how allergic I was to iodine, and I was very firm - DO NOT use iodine on me. I will be miserable for months. Raised bumps/rash and oh so itchy. While donating blood, Iodine was used in the crook of my elbow, a very small amount, but I broke out on my chest, neck and face. I was on back to back doses of prednisone & as soon as I wasn’t on prednisone, the itchiness would return. I finally started using some natural supplements to raise my immune system. After the 2nd breakout, I realized it was the iodine.