Hi, well it's been a while! I have been doing so good, until a couple of days ago - I put on a sweater (turtle neck) I haven't worn since last winter, and my neck is now covered in a rash of some sorts. The rash is very itchy and is a bunch of little bumps that when scratched kind of swell up - any ideas - could it be an allergy to something I have worn houndreds of times before?
I have a second question - I took a shower this morning and ran out of hot water, so I did not rinse off as well as I should have now - under my arms and under my breasts are very red and burning and itchy, could this be related to the above rash or is it simply the soap irritating the skin?
I really appreciate your help and advice now, in the past, and in the future - it's nice to have someone so knowledgeable to turn to when my doctors just ignore me or misdiagnose (over and over and over again).
Posted by Walt Stoll on October 16, 1998 at 16:25:45:
In Reply to: Rash posted by Renee' on October 15, 1998 at 22:05:19:
It sounds like all of your rashes are "contact dermatoses" (meaning that something you are sensitive to is touching your skin). I wonder why you are showing up with this now? What, of all the wellness things, have you been doing & for how long.
What is the sweater made of? What is in the soap?
Posted by Renee' on October 17, 1998 at 00:48:42:
In Reply to: Re: Rash posted by Walt Stoll on October 16, 1998 at 16:25:45:
I have been doing skilled relaxation and have been watching my sugar intake, also have been taking (on a not so regular basis) omegas 3 & 6
My soap contains: (Active) Pyrithione Zinc 1%, (Inactive) Water, Ammonium, Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Xylenesulfonate, Glycol, Distearate, Cocamide MEA, Polyquaternium 10, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, DMDM Hydantoin, FD&C Blue NO. 1
My sweater, unfortunately doesn't have a tag (I cut it off, because it bothered me) but it is kind of scratchy and not expensive (about $20) - if that helps?
BTW - a thought on the rash on my neck, my boyfriend uses my pillow to lay on while watching TV, he always gets those bumps after he shaves, would you think that maybe I am catching something from him?? Just an unEducated guess?
Posted by Walt Stoll on October 18, 1998 at 08:42:06:
In Reply to: Re: Rash posted by Renee' on October 17, 1998 at 00:48:42:
Your boyfriend's rash is called "tinea barbae" and is due to inflammation of the hair follicles due to shaving closely. A shaving cream with lots of lubricants might help him. If he is using an electric shaver, he might be wise to see a dermatologist about it since something is making him too susceptible to this inflammation. If he is black, he may find that his only choice is a beard since this can be impossible to resolve in that susceptible race. You can't "catch" this from him.
It sounds like your sweater may be low quality wool which is the MOST common material to cause allergic rashes like this. If it IS, now even high quality wool is likely to cause it as well. This is a good signal that you need to become a wellness hobbyist so that you do not form other sensitivities like this. You wouldn't want to have to run naked (grin).
Any one of the things (that go bump on the night-grin) in your soap could do this once your skin starts becoming more sensitive to stuff. You might be wise to use something like Ivory (or other hypoallergenic soaps) until your wellness resolves this tendency.
It sounds like you are already "trying" the wellness thing. However, only "watching" your "sugar" intake will get you benefits in a few years and in the meantime your withdrawal will be aggravated and could cause stuff like this since it is a physiological stressor. You owe it to yourself to really learn how to do this so as to get the best & quickest results without stress. Beth Loiselle, RD's book is the only way I have found to do this reliably. Take a look at the FAQ page for this 'site & read about "Sugar vs Refined Carbohdrates".
How ofter do you do the skilled relaxation and did you check out your technique with biofeedback? If you did, and you have done it twice a day for 6 months, there should be no way that you could get this.
Talk at me. Walt
Let us know how you do.