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post #1 of 4 Old 10-04-2012, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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Random health issues

This isn't particularly related to horses directly...yet.

At the moment I do not have any sort of medical insurance,
so I figured I would just post here for suggestions.

I know there's at least one medically in-the-know person here,
so if anyone has any clue as to what is going on and how I can
at least make myself comfortable it would be much appreciated.

Every once in a while I seem to get contact dermatitis, or what
seems to be. It looks and feels like allergy contact dermatitis. I
get a rash (sometimes scaly) that is extremely itchy. The weird
part is that I know exactly WHAT causes the rash, and I'm not
allergic to any of the materials that are causing this...

The first time was from a new watch. I assumed that the watch
contained nickel, which I am allergic to. I scratched that one so
much that I ended up with some scarring. It has also happened
with various bracelets and a leather wristband. The most recent
was caused by a generic elastic hair band!

Materials can sometimes only be in contact with my skin for a few
hours before I start noticing the beginnings of a rash...and even
after I remove the item, it progresses into a full-blown horror.
In the past, calimine lotion has done little to soothe me.

Below was the best photo I could get...in reality it's more prominent
and very inflamed and red...an as you can guess, ridiculously itchy.
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-06-2012, 01:00 AM
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I had a wicked skin infection from a client who scratched me, and I too get hive-y or had have experiences with nickel allergies, etc.
What are you currently doing to calm this down besides calamine lotion?
Perhaps taking an antihistamine tablet to slow down the reaction or to calm it? Aveeno oatmeal cream, ozonated olive oil, or Essential oil of lavender can help with skin irritations. I would dilute lavender with baby oil and do a test patch. I had very similiar contact dermatis to yours when I mixed lemongrass, tea tree oil and lavendar together. EO can be very powerful - I found out the hard way.

Also there are some over the counter homeopathic remedies you can try. Some health food stores will have them. A description of your condition and the remedy is usually posted. There are several conditions usually described. Good luck. I would also try to see your Dr.

For me, I put on some betaderm cream (mild steroid cream) that cleaned it up in 48 hours. Also check your laundry soaps/fragrances...
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-06-2012, 08:30 AM
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It sounds like you are sensitive to many things. I have the nickel allergy myself, so understand some of your frustration. Find a cream that helps & keep LOTS of it on hand. It's hard, but try not to scratch-you may even need to wear gloves to bed. The Dr. may be able to prescribe something. Hope you are more comfortable soon.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-12-2012, 02:22 PM
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I have a similar problem with a maddening itch (but no rash) on my forearms & elbows, and what I discovered will calm it down is sunscreen lotion. The current bottle is Banana Boat Sport SPF 30, but the previous generic worked well, too.
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