Lately, my life’s been a little crazy. Whose isn’t, right? I won’t bore you with all the details but on top of everything that’s been going on, I woke up with a weird rash.
That sweaty itchy feeling
At first, I thought I was having an allergic reaction because I felt sweaty and a little breathless, so I ran into the bathroom and popped a Benadryl just in case. The first day, the rash was mostly on my stomach but during the next few days it spread to my arms, legs, chest, back, and butt. My hands, feet, and face were thankfully spared.
It’s strange because I didn’t eat anything weird, use toxic cleaning products, a new skincare system, or perfume. The rash just came out of nowhere. Thinking the worst, I started Googling rash photos. They’re pretty gross, but I didn’t see one that looked like mine.
Investigating my rash
My BF had a palliative care appointment the next day, so while we were there, I asked his doctor to take look at it. I’m on a different medical plan than him but I wanted to know if I should rush to urgent care. He thought it was probably something minor but said to check with my primary doctor.
I made an appointment with her for the next day because it was driving me crazy. She took photos of it with her phone and sent them to her dermatologist. Don’t you just love modern/virtual medicine? In the meantime, she suggested that I take Claritin and smear on hydrocortisone 1% cream where I felt itchy.
A possible answer
The dermatologist’s message popped up in my patient portal the next day. She thought it was either a mild eczematous or a contact reaction. It sounded kind of vague, but at least it narrowed it down. I’m thinking it was stress-related. She agreed I should continue the antihistamines and take Claritin in the day because it’s non-drowsy and Benadryl at night.
She also recommended that I be gentle with my skin care, make sure the water in my bath or shower wasn’t hot, avoid scrubbing, use minimal to no soap (or Cetaphil) and lots of moisturizers. If I wanted, I could mix hydrocortisone cream with another emollient.
Let’s hope it works
The nice thing about being a blogger is that brands send me products to try out so I already had DerMend moisturizing anti-itch lotion, Theraplex Daily Skin Care (recommended for Eczema) and Zincuta, which is an all-natural and lovely smelling cream with Zinc, slippery elm, wintergreen, lavender, and bergamot.
All three helped in their own way but I especially like Zincuta because it smells so nice.
I was hoping my rash would quickly disappear but it looks like it’s going to hang in there for a while. At least it’s not life-threatening or contagious. This gives me a good excuse to walk around without a bra, which is fine with me, although a bra-free D-cup in public is not always pretty.
Getting up to speed with preventative care
While I was at my doctor, I had my blood tests and vitals done and they were all normal, which is always a relief. I also got my flu shot, turned in my fecal occult test – an alternative to a colonoscopy – but not always the easiest thing to do without making a mess – and will do my mammogram at the end of November. After that, I’ll be up to date with my medical stuff.
If all goes well, I should be around for the next couple of decades – knock on wood. I just want to get rid of this dumb rash.
Isn’t it always something? Have you ever had a mystery rash? Please leave a comment below.