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Skin's Like It's Been Dipped in Plastic... Vitamin Toxicity or What?

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  • Posted By: gentlehuggies.annie
  • May 12, 2012
  • 08:50 PM

Hi, everybody. My skin's looking and feeling strange. I was thinking it might be what's called "sticky skin" and Vitamin A toxicity from drinking nutritional supplements recommended by my doctor for very low appetite/eating from pain and depression (the only thing I can think has changed recently). But the drinks only put me at 100% RDA (in fact it's much higher in D, K and E), and it's not really what I'd call "sticky." I've stopped drinking them "just in case," which is all that's recommended online, and my PCP's getting a call Monday. I wondered, though, if anyone has ever heard of this or had it happen to them...

My skin looks like it's been dipped in clear plastic. In small areas where my skin's wrinkled (like wrist and between fingers), I've run my fingernail over it and it develops an air pocket underneath whatever's going on. It's thick enough I've lost some sensitivity, but I've only just noticed it this morning (on a weekend when I can't call the doc). Where I was scratching at my dry skin, the skin scales come off but are stuck under this "coating." And yet, where it's become textured on my calves from my athletic socks, it comes off like dandruff, but I still can't get down to my own skin (at least not without hurting myself).

I know it's porous because I wear a fentanyl patch and the medication's getting in me (I'm not going through withdrawals), and where I've rubbed and rubbed trying to figure it out and it's bled a bit the blood comes out. It doesn't come off with soap and hot water, an oily medical tape adhesive remover, lemon juice (the only acid I had in the house), or vinegar. Where I've scratched on my calves I can peel off just a bit of the thinnest layer, showing there's obviously a lot of layers that are nearly transparent. And yet, I can't get any significant amount of it to peel off, or find my skin underneath it. I wish I could try to soak it off in a good bath but I can't use the tub because of my back.

It just plain seems really bizarre to me. At first, I thought it could be some kind of buildup from the coconut oil based cream I've been using for my dry elbows and forearms, but I've discovered it's like that everywhere, even on my lips and eyelids. I know it wasn't there just two weeks ago because I'm a compulsive scab-picker, but now the couple scabs I have can't be scratched at because this "stuff" has smoothed them over. The scabs appear to be layered in with whatever's going on.

Any ideas?


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