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Me three! I was worried about that. The other weird thing, is that I haven't had one attack of eczema since this started (I usually get it in the soft folds of my elbows, back of the knees and under my bottom. Those are about the only places I haven't had a rash since this all started back in July). I guess my body can only handle one rash at a time. Also, I usually get miserable prolonged sinus infections throughout the winter and not one! I work in an elementary school where everyone had everything from about September through now and nothing other than a bad cold that cleared up after about a week while everyone else's lingered and lingered.
I've only been gluten-free for 5 or 6 weeks. My dh rash started back in July, the first few weeks I didn't notice much of a change but all of a sudden I'm having rapid improvement. I look like a giant mass of scar tissue but I'm having less new bumps and they tend to go away if I manage not to claw them into a bloody mess. I did have one really bad break out all over my back (I think I was glutened at a restaurant) and I look like I have some kind of plague but before, it would never really clear up and this time (even though it's still scabby) it seems like it's going away much quicker.
I take Zyrtec for allergies and it doesn't help with my rash. Neither does Allegra, Benydryl, prescription hydoyzine? or any other antihistimine for me.
I don't think it would be so bad to have scabies because it can go away with treatment pretty quick. I know because my daughter and I had it when she was little and it's NOT only sexually transmitted. Your doctor sounds like an ass, but I think most of them do.
We got it from my friends hamster and gerbil who we were pet sitting while they were out of town for several weeks. We applied ointment all over our body for about a week and it was gone. Ours never got too bad because we caught it early. Honestly, I hope it clears right up and you can go back to your regularly scheduled life! Dh is NOT something you want as an alternative.
I've had some luck with the Whole Foods mint lotion combined with aloe, apple cider vinegar, organic extra virgin coconut oil and clear calamine lotion. I soak in a tub with the aloe, acv, evco. Then I make a paste out of the mint lotion and calamine. This has been the result of 7 months of trial and error. Also, I've used the orajel but the tubes are so small!
Another thing I've been practicing for the last couple days is called "tapping" or
I have a vanilla gluten-free protein mix and I add spinich, mango, blueberries, raspberries and pineapple chunks and drink it in the car. I also made homeade gluten-free peanut butter granola (if you can tolerate gluten-free oats) and add that to vanilla yogurt with blueberries and cinnamon. I'm not a big bread eater but I keep a loaf of Rudi's or Udi's on hand and make peanut butter toast. If I'm really running late I take a Lara bar and a piece of fruit.
The Lara bars are pricey and I just go on the computer to see if I could google a recipe for homeade ones.
And score! http://www.damyhealth.com/2011/03/how-to-make-homemade-lara-bars/
I really miss Blue Moon. Not a big fan of Redbridge and really, really don't like Bards. Hard cider is ok. Lately I've been drinking Smirinov and Cranberry juice because I just can't stomach wine or any other hard liquors. I used to love Margaritas as well but last time I drank a couple I was so sick the next day, I can't even bring myself to drink one again.
Starting in July, my first bump was on my bottom. I thought it was a spider bite or something and actually went an accute care clinic and was given a topical steroid. Then I started getting them all over and thought my house was infested with bugs. I couldn't figure out why no one else was being attacked. Then I realized it was October and all the bugs were pretty much dead. I thought maybe I had fleas bites from my dog. Then they started spreading to my knees, elbows, upper back arms, then feet, then my neck and finally even my face. They would itch so bad and if I scratched they'd pop open and just bleed. I went to the dermatologist and said they were hives and gave me prednisone and a steroid cream AND a sedating antihistimine so I could sleep. I'd wake up every 1 1/2 hours itching so intense that I couldn't stand it. NOTHING helped. Went to Internal Med M.D. and got more prednisone AND xanax so I could sleep. After a positive skin biopsy in early Feb have been gluten-free for almost 4 weeks and although I'm still pretty itchy, I'm having less "blood spots" and can shave my legs without bleeding or wanting to throw up from the pain.
I now refer to myself as Spotted-American because of all the scaring which I hope will eventually go away. I'm tired and achy still but sleeping a little better. I have been using an aloe/apple cider vinegar concoction with Whole Foods Mint lotion (it's cooling and gluten-free) along with the orajel someone suggested. I smell like a minty salad, very sexy but hey, it helps me sleep.
I hope you get relief soon and just know, other people here really do know how it feels.