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Posted by
Jacqueline on February 25, 2001 at 04:52:32:

When I was younger say anytime before thirty years, I suffered greatly from full body exema.My mother said it started when I was three. At the earliest of spring untill the skys greyed with snow I was blessed (cursed) with this. My favourite non-winter thing to do was scratch and itch. After years of going to several dermatologists and skin specialists, and adding pain to pain with all of the itching I was doing I finally found out what my problem was. The sun was the culpret and not a dr. in 30 years could tell me that. One day when I was around 30 years old not sure exactly I could have been 31. I ended up in a community hospital because my rash became infected from all my scratching. After explaining my story to the dr. there he smiled at me and said kindly. In the winter do you go out much? I told him I don't go out at all. I HATE the cold. He told me to try one summer indoors away from the sunlight(direct). I agreed. I haven't seen that rash again in the same light. No pun intended. MY PROBLEM NOW: I go out when it is necessary or at night. I don't really mind that since I don't get a rash that way. However since i've been staying out of the sunlight it seems it takes lesser exposure to cause an outbreak. Not only that, but my rash has changed. My skin where exposed to sunlight gives way to a smokey grey patchy pigmentation. It has been a whole winter gone by and those patches faded to a faint grey tan colour. Noticable still against unexposed parts of the same limb. could you please explain what is happening to my body or if you can't perhaps you could refer me to someone who can.Sorry for giving you the long version but I thought because of the relation it may be of some help. March is approaching quickly please help if you can. Summary...If I stay out of the sunlight I do not get a rash, If I take a short trip say to the store or a 5 or 10 min car ride unprotected parts of my body.(forearms if sleeves pulled up, hands etc...) get flat grey ashy coloured patchy spots.they fade with time but are still somewhat noticable even after the passing of a winter. Going in water in the summer is out of the question even if its well shaded. Thank you for your ear and your time. Sincerely Jacqueline.



Re: certainly weird

Posted by
Jacqueline on February 25, 2001 at 04:57:28:

In Reply to: certainly weird posted by Jacqueline on February 25, 2001 at 04:52:32:

Ps.I do not understand the short forms used here. Please type words out in full. Thank You. Jacqueline.

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Re: certainly weird (The basis for sun allergy.) Archive in eczema.

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 27, 2001 at 08:44:00:

In Reply to: certainly weird posted by Jacqueline on February 25, 2001 at 04:52:32:

Hi, Jacqueline.

First of all go to the glossary for any unfamiliar terms.

Next, "sun allergy" is a pretty common problem and is just an early stage of eczema from other causes. This means: since it is hard to avoid ANY sun--and you have already found that that is not working to eliminate the problem--you are going to have to learn about some of the other causes of generalized eczema and deal with them. The more of these you can eliminate the sooner you will no longer have the sun sensitivity either.

You can start on this 'site by using the search engine, archives, homepage and glossary to track down the huge amount of information about these causes on this 'site. Read about eczema, LGS, C-RS, stress, Clinical Ecology, allergy, SR and related subjects.

THEN, if you still have questions, write again. This is going to take you days of reading but what of that? This has shaped your whole life and has gone on for 30 years so far.

No one else is going to do this learning for you--least of all your docs who couldn't even diagnose "sun allergy".

Walt

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