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Folliculitis

Posted by Darlene on January 17, 2000 at 16:46:41:

Walt (sorry this is so long)

I have searched and searched to try and figure out what is wrong with me and this is what I have come up with. What do you think?

I have about 4 white pus filled bumps on my right arm, they are itchy. Well actually I got one and I scratched it and it turned into a larger red bump (pus was gone) and the itching was gone (but it was really embarrassing), then I got another one and the same thing happened, then another...and so on. Well at the same time I have a rash (doesn't feel like acne and not filled with pus) on my legs, upper cheeks and neck right below my chin and ears, as well (also itchy). And - not sure if any of this is related, but...I recently started getting a kind of rash on the back of my hands, directly below my pinky finger (this 'rash' is not itchy and tends to appear and disappear without warning) - it is not bumps, but is red and looks like my hair folicules are very large. Also (don't know if this has anything to do with it) but I work in a high stress, very Dry manufactoring environment and my skin (hands especially) have become extremely dry since I started there about 3 months ago (but I don't want to use hand creams on them - they seem to make it worse).

Thanks
Darlene



Re: Folliculitis (Chemicals)

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 18, 2000 at 18:08:32:

In Reply to: Folliculitis posted by Darlene on January 17, 2000 at 16:46:41:

Hi, Darlene.

This is a typical chemical folliculitis. What kind of "manufacturing environment" are you working in? Your distribution is of the parts of your body that would be most likely to come in contact with chemical droplets or fumes in the air.

Walt



Re: Folliculitis (Chemicals)

Posted by Darlene on January 18, 2000 at 19:20:55:

In Reply to: Re: Folliculitis (Chemicals) posted by Walt Stoll on January 18, 2000 at 18:08:32:

Walt -
I work in a plant that makes plastic bottles (like juice or water bottles). I am not sure of what chemicals are present, but I'm sure there are plenty. I know there is one (can't say the name of it) that we can not touch at all (without gloves) because it has been proven to be absorbed through the skin and they are not sure of the consequences of this. Now I don't work directly with this (yet) but it is in formed and preformed bottles, and I do work with them almost constantly, although I do assume that it is not dangerous in the bottle form.

Thank you,
Darlene



Re: Folliculitis (Chemicals)

Posted by Darlene on January 19, 2000 at 14:46:09:

In Reply to: Re: Folliculitis (Chemicals) posted by Darlene on January 18, 2000 at 19:20:55:

Walt - another thing, will Essetial oils help with this?? Or is my only choice to find a different job?

Thank you,
Darlene



Re: Folliculitis (Chemicals)

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 19, 2000 at 18:29:09:

In Reply to: Re: Folliculitis (Chemicals) posted by Darlene on January 18, 2000 at 19:20:55:

Darlene,

This is a hypersensitivity to someting in that workplace. This means that, whatever it is, will bother YOU a lot more than someone else.

You need a good Clinical Ecologist and you need her now.

The chances are that this is recent enough that it will not be permanent so long as you discover the cause and get away from it ASAP.

The problem is that this is an industrial injury and the present policy of nearly all industry is to stonewall any suggestion that this might be your problem. You will need an expert to be on your side.

Let us know what you learn. You better start looking for a different job and this time one that does not require exposure to chemicals. The fact that this happened means that for the forseeable future you will be hypersensitive to chemicals.

Walt



Re: Folliculitis (Chemicals) ARCHIVE under philosophy and allergy.

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 21, 2000 at 09:49:38:

In Reply to: Re: Folliculitis (Chemicals) posted by Darlene on January 19, 2000 at 14:46:09:

Possibly, Darlene, but only for a while.

You have no chioce but to get away from the cause. Since you are now known to be hypersensitive to something in that environment (Actually we do not know that since it CAN be something at home. The ODDS are that this is in your plant.) The rash is the kindest message your bodymind can send. Even if you DO see improvements with essential oils, the damage to your innards will still be there and progressing.

Since your plant will never admit this as a possibility, you are going to have to prove it with a C.E. before they would consider doing anything about removing it from the work environment. The chances are that you are not the first to have this problem. The policy is to quietly get rid af any people with overt hypersensitivty and do nothing--hoping that any serious problems, that might put them at legal risk, will not show up till the any employee has been away from the job for years.

The chances are that, even if you DID go to them with yor rash (which they have seen many times and would know immediately what it is) you would just be put on a list for finding an excuse for firing you to get you out of there.

This is just the way things work and I have had to deal with it with my patients for at least as long as I have known enough to make the diagnosis (25 years).

Walt



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