I am a 23 year old caucasian female, with no family history of serious medical problems other than heart disease, who has been in and out of dermatologists for 5 years for a characteristic "malar" rash (red, over nose and cheeks, varies from just red to being swollen and bleeding with skin flaking off). I get brushed away as having acne, or not caring for my skin, or having acne rosacea. My skin is now so sensitive to cleansers (after 5 years of being prescribed things in acidity ranging from Cetaphil--which didn't even clean--to Clenia--which burned entire chunks of skin off) I can barely stand to touch it. It's worse when I go outside, and it has spread to no other area of my body. Recently, I moved to Florida; since then, it has been constantly bad.
In a potentially unrelated area, I went to a clinic earlier this year for acute joint pain--the pain was so unbearable when my weight was not on my knees, I don't know if it was worse under pressure or not. They prescribed steroids for a 7 week course to remove the swelling/pain, which helped not only the knee problem, but the rash. Subsequent fluid taps/blood work for the knee problem showed nothing, but it "miraculously" disappeared. I have now been labelled as everything from a hypochondriac to an attention-seeking psych case, and still have no solution to the rash (other than the helpful people at wal-mart checkout recommending their favourite acne medication) or the occasional very painful flare-ups in my knuckles and knees.
What are the magic words, who's the magic doctor, what's the magic lawsuit to be filed before I get an answer? "It just got better" isn't medically relevant, or helpful in the long term. I know a rash itself isn't life threatening, but isn't a persistent problem with the skin indicative of SOMETHING?
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