I gave in finally. Went to a walk in clinic down the road and thought they could at least give me an idea on why they were not going away, rather it was normal for them to be there so long and what to do about them.
We moved onto chemicals in the home next. Bleaches, soaps, shampoos, laundry detergent.
- They just kind of popped up one evening
- They got worse and worse
- They are never completely gone
- They do 'spread' or move. Sometimes they are concentrated on say my leg(s), other times my arm(s), back, hips, etc
- Every morning they are very bad. But they seem to fade by evening.
- Never had hives or any allergic reaction before (only to coconut, and no hives)
- Changed sheets and washed completely
- Stopped using Laundry detergent, soaps and everything for a few days.
- Bought all new 100% cotton clothes and sheets and only wore those for a week. (I was the Scrubs Mama for a week! haha)
- Slept in another room
- Slept in another room for an entire week (living room floor) only using all new 100% (never been put in the bedroom) cotton sheets and I would pack them up in a big tupperware container in the morning so no 'cat hair' or allergens or anybody was touching them other than me
- Went on a 'bland diet'. Started with completely no diary of any sort (or soy) no tomatoes, no sugars, no anything that is common allergens such as nuts or berries. Mainly chicken, rice, etc.
The first visit she listed the 'diagnosis' as "Contact Dermatitis" gave me a prescription for something I can't even remember now (I looked it up and it was not compatible with breastfeeding) and a steroid cream I was to lather my entire body down with every day, twice a day.
By the end of the 3rd visit, no answers, and only new questions, I gave up on her.
- pityriasis rosea
- contact dermatitis
- flea bites
- bed bugs
- milk allergy
- soap rash
- who knows we'll never figure it out
- dyes and food additives sensitivity
- chronic autoimmune urticaria
Basically, my body decided it didn't like my thyroid anymore, decided it had to go, and it will slowly attack and kill it until it just ceases to exist. Meanwhile all those extra crazy, attack cells were swirling around and decided, 'Hey! let's attack these mast cells and kill off this skin too!" Which causes the hives.
"Did you stop eating____?"
"Have you thought about sleeping in another room?"
"Maybe it's because _____"
- Have you gained or lost a lot of wright recently? Um, yes, I just had a baby. Both.
- Are you often tired or run down feeling? Um, yes, I just had a baby.
- Have you experienced hair loss? Um, yes, I just had a baby.