When I was home in Arizona visiting my family I developed contact dermatitis on both my arms. Basically it is a rash, much like the kind you get from poison ivy. My dad is a doctor and told me to try both topical Benadryl and then Cortisone 10 if it didn’t clear up. Well it NEVER cleared up and started showing up on my chest, stomach, and legs. Clearly I am allergic to something and needed to find some answers.
Last Thursday I went to my primary care doctor and she referred me to the dermatologist on post. Well the Army healthcare system is pretty slow to act so I decided to stop by the clinic myself and see if I could get an appointment ASAP since we are moving soon. Luckily for me they remembered me from when Emmie was having a rash back in November and got me in the next morning. The dermatologist confirmed that I am definitely having skin allergies and ordered a patch test to be done on Monday.
The thing that stunk about this? I couldn’t take my allergy medicine starting Saturday. I have REALLY bad allergies so I spent Sunday pretty much in a fog. Luckily I had thought of this and did my long-run on Saturday 😉 Good thing because I spent Sunday with a splitting headache and the sniffles. Finally, yesterday morning, I went in and got the patches applied to my back making it look something like this:
Patch testing functions by taping common skin allergens to your back, leaving them there for 48 hours, and then reading the results. I think I am being tested for 30 common allergens and 24 hours in my back is on FIRE. I can pin point which dots are causing extreme itching and burning. Somehow I have to survive until tomorrow … sigh. On top of the discomfort, I cannot shower (eww) or work out during this time … or take my meds. I am really bummed to be behind in my bootcamp workouts. Luckily I will only miss one run for my half-marathon training. Anyways, I can assure you I am not all that pleasant to be around right now … send positive thoughts to Chris and pray for his patience haha.
I am actually kind of thankful that I am reacting to something … I am hoping it gives me some answers. I am also incredibly nervous. My dad and sister are both highly allergic to a ton of chemicals. My sister is even allergic to the primary ingredient in hair dye. Although I am excited to find out what is causing my reactions, I am also nervous that it will be something that is SUPER common and difficult to avoid. Either way I will be glad to not itch anymore … ever since my rash started ALL my skin has been crawling and itchy.
I guess I will just learn to avoid more things … I am already allergic to tree nuts, mango, latex, and most pollens/grasses. Chris on the other hand isn’t allergic to a single thing. I am really hoping Emmie gets his genetics 😉 Sorry for the gripe … I am on pins and needles and incredibly itchy. Haha.
Are you allergic to anything? Have you ever been tested?