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I've this skin rash for years, can anyone help?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 29, 2007
  • 08:10 PM

I've always had sensitive skin, but since about 2000 I've been dealing with a skin rash that comes and goes and I can't find a name for it or anything that will help make it go away. At its worst it affects my face (eyelids, cheeks, forehead, lips, and the underside of my chin), the inside of my elbows, my shoulders and chest. It's extremely itchy and it gets tender, especially on my arms. Recently its settled on the underside of my chin and now my neck. I still get a smattering on the inside of my elbows and on my shoulders. It has never affected me below my chest.

It hates heat and moisture. I saw a dermatologist who basically told me whatever I had wasn't that bad (of course I wasn't having a bad outbreak at the time) diagnosed with with atopic dermatitis and gave me Eucerin, which only preceded to make it much worse. I can't find a source for it, it seems to flare up randomly. I've taken into account my eating habits, medications (I'm on birth control; it might be a factor in making it worse, but I've had the rash before I was on it), and things I generally touch in a day.

The only thing I've found so far that makes it feel better is poison ivy treatments that dry it out. However, these are not to be applied more than three times a day and for no more than seven days in a row, so I don't see them as a solution.

It looks like a general allergic reaction, but to what? If I've been dealing with it for seven years the only thing I can imagine that I'm allergic to is myself and that would be a very bad thing.

I'm going to try and post pictures. The ones of my face are of a bad outbreak. Of my chest and arms are of a general one.





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  • I'm not an expert on this stuff but I do suffer from excema and other skin problems. When I go to the ocean or anyplace very humid I get a similar thing. A bunch of small itchy red dots. It may or may not be the same thing but it may have some similar remedies. Try some remedies that aren't "scientific" they're still scientific but not considered by the scientfic communitee. First I think you should start a journal about when it flares up and what you've done or eaten or what the weather was like that day it may give you a pattern. If it is something you eat then simply avoid that food. Or if it's some cleaning product aviod that as well. However if it seems that it's something you can't control such as the weather then the best advice I can give you is either move or look for natural cures that probably won't cure it completely but will eliviate the symptoms. The reason for natural cures is because most scientific cures contain steriods that will do you more harm then good in the long run. Natural cures however help your body fight the whatever is wrong.
    AloraRhi 1 Replies
    • October 30, 2007
    • 03:22 AM
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  • "I have a rash on my eyelids, behind my ears, around my neck and inside my elbows. I was advised that it may be due to a cat allergy, but could it be caused by something in my work environment? -- Rose I.Rashes are often associated with exposure to allergens. However, the most common cause of skin rash is the direct contact with an irritant substance or materials that contain them. This is commonly described as irritant contact dermatitis. It is responsible for 80% or more of rashes that individuals experience.Since your rash may be due to contact irritant your exposure is likely to be associated with something that you are touching. But what?The places on your body are your best clues. The rash occurs where the irritant comes in contact with your skin.The rash on the inside of your elbows is a major clue. It appears that you’re placing your arms on something, as if you were working at a desk. In such work, the insides of ones elbows are a major point of contact.The rash on your eyelids, behind your ears , and around your neck are a different matter. Do you rub your eyes, ears, and neck when you are working, particularly if you are fatigued or bored?Your rash pattern suggests that you are working with paper products that contain a contact irritant, an irritant that is being transferred to parts of your head and neck on your hands.It is not uncommon to develop a rash working at ones desk. Such rashes have been reported to be associated with some carbonless copy paper products, and may be associated with toners on printed materials and photocopies.What is one to do? Firstly, evaluate whether your hand/arm behavior patterns are consistent with rashes you have been experiencing. If the answer is yes, examine materials that you are handling to identify what the irritant material may be. Does it have a chemical odor? Avoid the behavior that is causing irritant contact. Wash your hands and arms frequently if contact with paper products or other potential irritant sources can be avoided.(Nov. 17, 1999)" I looked up rash inside elbows and this came up. Kind of interesting, I thought.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 30, 2007
    • 09:51 AM
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  • Sounds like shingles.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 31, 2007
    • 06:00 AM
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