I have had an uncomfortable splinter or sunburn sensation on my skin for three years. I have wondered if it may be a dust mite reaction because it is a little better after the house has been vacuumed and dusted. I also get some temporary relief by wearing clothing which had been soaked in 150 degree water before it was washed, as one would do for dust mites. However, there is no rash, runny nose, or itchy eyes as one would expect for an allergy. Strangely, the discomfort typically is worst on the front of my thighs. Skin tests indicate only a slight allergy to dust mites.
The onset was sudden. The only unusual thing in the days before it started was an exposure to cleaning fluid fumes which caused extraordinary chest discomfort. Interestingly, two other problems also started that week: an ever-present throat drip, and chest discomfort when exposed to certain types of wood smoke or chemicals.
I would like to hear from anyone has experienced similar skin discomfort, or from anyone with ideas on what is causing this or how to mitigate it.
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Is it sensitive skin or something else?