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Time to Rethink Part 1

 

 

 

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I have always had skin problems. When I was little, I would break out with hives when I was nervous. I would break out if my mom used a certain type of laundry detergent. I always had a rash of some sort and I don’t think my mom really knew what caused my various rashes.

When I was 17, I found out that I have psoriasis. Thankfully I only break out under stress and only small amounts on my elbows and a few scattered spots here and there. And the best thing to help them stay under control- stay as stress-free as possible (yeah, right.) And get some good old fashioned sunshine!

When I was 18, I found out that I am allergic to metal. Did you know that people who are allergic to metal more often than not are allergic to spandex as well? Who knew!

Right now I have a fungal infection. I have had one before. They say that once you have one you are more susceptible to them. Maybe, but my last one was 18 years ago. Thank God.

Many people will tell you a fungal infection is highly contagious and don’t touch it or it will spread by contact. Maybe some are but mine is not. Just because I sit here and scratch and rub the itchy miserable red rash on my arms and then scratch my nose doesn’t cause my nose to break out. It isn’t transmitted that way.

I have my own theories about how you get a fungal infection. First, you suffer undue stress which causes your immune system to go haywire and after you break out in a rash from your allergic reaction to metal, you need to remember to wear gloves when burying the body, er…planting a garden in the backyard. 🙂

At least that is how I got mine.

But the problem is, how do I get rid of it?

I have been reading and researching. How did I get rid of it 18 years ago? Well, The first doctor I saw treated me for eczema, the second doctor treated me for nickel dermatitis, (at least he was on the right track), by the time I got to the third doctor about 40% of my body was now covered in a red rash. She insisted it was my psoriasis. Now I had been battling outbreaks of psoriasis for 22 years and you would think I would know if it was that, but then again she was the expert, right? I mean she went to medical school and had the degrees. Anyway, she prescribed a $45 dollar tube of medicine and foolish me after my bath that night, I slathered that stuff on. Spots that were only the size of a pencil eraser were now the size of silver dollars. Do you know how hard it is to wash off an oil-based ointment? Let’s just say I couldn’t sleep and spent the entire night in tears. My body was on fire. But I’m a trooper and made it a week before going back. I dreaded seeing her again, but something had to be done about my skin condition. After they put me in the exam room the resident doctor came in and said, “Dr. Love (Yes, that was her name) is doing a procedure on another patient. Would you mind seeing Dr. Hart instead?”

My first thought was, That poor patient, but what I said was, “No problem. I don’t mind at all.”

Dr. Hart came in and took one look at my skin and exclaimed, “That’s not psoriasis!” (Good doctor!) And I replied, “That’s what I said!”

He knew exactly what it was and brought in the UV light to show me and the resident doctor. “You’ve got a fungal infection. Do you want an ointment or oral medication?”

And I said, “Oral medication because when I put ointment on one spot and it clears up, another spot breaks out.” I was on oral medication for 2 months before it finally cleared up.

So you ask, “Why haven’t I gone back to the doctor and gotten medication?”

Well, first is because the oral meds can cause liver damage and second, I have a little more knowledge now as to the causes.

I have been looking into a healthier alternative way to combat it and will update you in a few days. (Maybe the photos won’t be so awful then.)

See you soon.

Till then, HUGS!

 

 

2 Comments

  1. I truly hope you find relief, Karen.

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    • Thank you, Dannie! I’m working on it. The rash goes thru different stages and in those photos, the rash is at its worst.

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