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Posted by
Susan Ely on June 03, 1999 at 23:11:03:

Need help determining source of itchy rash which usually occurs on tops and soles of feet and hands,sometimes all over for past yr. Last summer was put on Prednisone for 5 days, got worse and ended up going into anaphylactic shock. Have had allergy testing, and blood and urine testing, no luck. Usually occurs late in day when I am tired, I am a caterer so am around all types of food, detergents, etc., but see no real pattern. Now taking zyrtec which is not helping at all. Could this be stress related? I also have hypoglycemia and was diagnosed with epilepsy 23 yrs. ago but have been symptom free for 21 yrs. and take no medication other than 1 St. Johns' Wort daily.



Re: rash ("Housewife's dermatitis") Sorry, forgot the link. Here 'tis.

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 04, 1999 at 10:20:10:

In Reply to: rash posted by Susan Ely on June 03, 1999 at 23:11:03:

Hi, Susan.

EVERYTHING we can measure is made worse by the stress-effect.

NOW, having said that, YOUR problem is contact dermatitis and it is caused by touching something to which you have developed a hypersensitivity (by this time probably hundreds of things). Once this happens, you skin has lost ALL of its natural defences to anything. The solution to this is definite but complex (EDUCATION!). Take a look at the link below. I know I went to the effort of typing all this out once before and hope it was archived.

By the way, there is something in the makeup of your shoes or socks that is causing the foot rash.

The next time you see your dermatologist, refuse to leave till s/he takes the time to fully explain this syndrome for you--when you make the appointment tell him/her that you want an hour(It will take 30-60 minutes which is why s/he has not taken the time before. It is NOT that s/he doesn't know all this stuff!). YOU have to understand it before you will be willing to do what is necessary to resolve it. It will take at least a year to keep it from coming back and you will have to be "careful" for the rest of your life to avoid recurrence.

There IS no magic pill. It is what you do & how you do it that resolves this.

THEN, as you get over this, I hope you will share yoiur expereince with the BB participants. This is NOT a rare condition and you can attest to its misery! There are at least millions of people out there who keep this condition because the doc will not take the time to explain it fully (OR they are not willing to do what it takes even though the doc HAS explained it fully).

Walt



Re: rash ("Housewife's dermatitis") Sorry, forgot the link. Here 'tis.

Posted by
Susan ELy on June 04, 1999 at 20:24:16:

In Reply to: Re: rash ("Housewife's dermatitis") Sorry, forgot the link. Here 'tis. posted by Walt Stoll on June 04, 1999 at 10:20:10:

The link on contact dermatitis said file not found, so evidently not archived. How can I get this information from you? Could it be faxed? If so my fax # is 706-793-2878. I'm on my feet sometimes 12 or more hours per day catering. Would leather shoes be a better option instead of tennis shoes?Thanks, Susan



Re: rash ("Housewife's dermatitis") Sorry, forgot the link. Here 'tis.

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 05, 1999 at 10:53:19:

In Reply to: Re: rash ("Housewife's dermatitis") Sorry, forgot the link. Here 'tis. posted by Susan ELy on June 04, 1999 at 20:24:16:

Hi, Susan.

That is why I suggested my son, Bill. He archives everything and I do not have this information printed in my hard files. When he tells you where it is, I will print it out for myself.

Till this is healed, AND YOUR SKIN HAS RE-ESTABLISHED ITS NORMAL "BARRIER", you may need to figure out a way to go without shoes (or at least wear several pairs of cotton socks and change them twice a day). ALL natural materials shoes might help you a lot but even those, now a days, use synthetic glues, etc., that the socks may protect you from.

You might think of natural materials sandals with 2 layers of cotton socks.

I wish the hands would be as "simple".

Walt

Walt




Re: rash ("Housewife's dermatitis") in several archives

Posted by Bill on June 10, 1999 at 08:38:40:

In Reply to: Re: rash ("Housewife's dermatitis") Sorry, forgot the link. Here 'tis. posted by Walt Stoll on June 05, 1999 at 10:53:19:

There are references to housewife's dermatitis in several places:

ref #1
ref #2
ref #3
ref #4

Good luck,
Bill



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