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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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