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Old 01-22-2018, 09:21 AM
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So this seems to be an old post but I'm needing some assistance.
My husband has been requesting medical calls regarding an allergic reaction what he believes is due to the detergent used to wash linens and clothing. He has been there 2 weeks and has yet to see a medical professional regarding this. The medication nurse states they won't do anything for him anyway and his best bet is to just wash his own clothing in the sink.
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So he's got a rash? At the moment, I would think the nurse's advice is probably best. If it's gotten to the point of open sores, then he can go to medical, but they can't get the allergy cleaned out of his system, so he will have to find a work-around.
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Unfortunately in many prison laundry rooms clothes are all washed together which means there's transfer of body products, deodorant, shampoo, grease from the kitchen...etc. Many inmates choose to wash their own in the sink because then they KNOW it's clean. Sounds like this is the best case in your LO's case as well. About the medical, they aren't going to take the time for him to see a doctor for a rash. Nurses are the front line in prisons just as they are in hospital triage rooms and doctors offices.
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He is in a state prison in NC. He’s looking at close to a year. His rash is beginning to become open sores due to scratching and severity of the rash.
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This can be treated with benedryl. But it could be scabbies also, he needs to put in for medical!!!
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Hi tbaucom17, welcome to PTO I'll have to 3rd the advice already given: for him to wash his own clothes (or make a deal with another inmate to wash his clothes) in the sink.

I've given you you're own thread for replies / advice
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Can he order triple antibiotic ointment from commissary? Anti-itch cream? If the problem is the laundry then the logical solution is for him to keep his laundry away from the detergent they use (and to stop scratching). Best medical could do is give him benadryl and ointment.
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This can be treated with benedryl. But it could be scabbies also, he needs to put in for medical!!!
Should be fairly easy to tell if it's scabies since it spreads like wildfire in a prison. If others are itching too then scabies might be a real possibility but I assume the nurse looked at it.
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I agree with the prior posts, sure you could go through the ranks of prison CO's and demand he be seen, but really this should only be done in extreme cases. For example, my LO blood pressure was so high that he couldnt walk no one would see him, it was one of the few times I called damned near everyone in that prison. If you call around for less important things they wont pay attention when its life threatening.
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I think I'm am fifth'ing the sink-laundry solution (many use their toilet, as well). A lot of inmates do it out of personal preference, anyway. I know my husband does because if he sends his clothing or linens to the laundry, he won't get his back and prefers not to wear the boxers of others. I can understand that. In our facility they can purchase laundry soap or they use the low-end body wash or shampoo to clean with.

I have extremely sensitive skin so I feel for him. I know how miserable it can be. But as others have said, it can take an act of God for something like that to be addressed by medical. He's better off trying to handle it himself.
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The nurses arenít even willing to address it. Just said they will get to him when they get to him. He got immediate attention from the nurse at the last facility he was in. This is a smaller facility. He had cortisone but ran out and canít refill til heís seen. Heís attempted other lotions on commissary to no avail. He just moved 2 weeks ago so he isnít able to tell if anyone else has it. Itís to the point where it is now spreading to his face around eyes and groin As well as the broken open sores. Which is why heís wanting to be seen. Iíve told him to wash his own to see if it helps...but thatís all I can do I guess
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The fact that it's spreading to his face and eyes makes me think this is not as a result of an irritant like laundry soap. It could be, but a mild allergy to laundry soap that did respond to cortisone isn't likely to spread to your eyes.

Did the cortisone come from this facility in the last two weeks and did it help him any? If it didn't help, he needs to keep putting in for medical. Yes, it will annoy them but it also creates a paper trail that he may need if this becomes something greater than a simple allergy.
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It may be that, if it's an allergy, he is sleeping with his face in his pillow or pulling his sheet up to keep out the light and exposing his face in that way.
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While I agree that the sound of washing clothing in a sink or toilet is pretty gross sounding, they all do it. The tricky part is getting things to dry. Depending on the season, it could take a long while to *drip* dry.

Have him keep putting in paperwork to see medical.
A rash could be anything and turn serious. If he's having any trouble breathing...he needs urgent care. (it does not sound like he is, but.....)
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