Thanks ladies. I have always had an adhesive allergy. When I had my babies, they always use tape to keep IVs and catheters in place and I always break out in a horrible itchy rash. After last baby was born, I had it all over from the tape. I'm almost 100% certain it's the pads. I mean the initial rash (which I still have) is the exact shape of a pad.
I did let Kotex know (no, the Kotex parent company is Kimberly-Clark. Pampers is Procter & Gamble). They said it's "highly unlikely" that their products caused a reaction. Riiight. They're sending me a return envelope to send them samples of the product. They can have the whole freaking box back! Stupid Kotex U. The entire back of the pad is completely covered in adhesive (and wings), where other pads have like a small strip down the middle. I will definitely be using only tampons or will look into washable pads (Lunas... check! Thanks!). I've seen them at our organic food store, but was kind of grossed out by the idea of washing bloody pads. But hey, if it helps avoid this... sign me up! I just worry about after having the next baby... when you can't wear tampons and have to use huge pads 'cause of the clots and stuff. That would be grosssss to wash. But you do what you gotta do.
The prednisone I took this morning seems to have helped some. Still itchy and still hivey, but it almost seems like something is at work against it now. I only have one left though. I'll take it tonight before bed and hope hope hope that I'm a lot better tomorrow. If not, it's definitely a hospital visit.