last year I found out I had dermatitis herpetiformis, and since then, my skin seems to be even more sensitive.
now, when I get bit by a mosquito, and I do not immediately take the medicine or use the steroid cream prescribed for the dermatitis herpetiformis, I get a severe allergic reaction, known as "skeeter syndrome".
these bites severely swell the entire area and are extremely painful, a deep pain that if bit on a joint can be incredibly hard to even move (ex, elbows, ankles, knees) the bite site is extremely hot and usually within 24 hours starts to bruise from the pressure of the swelling. this is all without even scratching the bite! this is a frustrating addition to my list of allergies, especially since I like the outdoors so darn much, and they only treatment seems to be "avoidance".
has anyone else experienced this? what has helped you? I would like to avoid products containing deet, are there any natural bug repellents you've used that actually work?
mosquitoes love me!!
thanks for your time, hope to learn more!
andrea leeMember Since 25 Jan 2011
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i am a vegan, soy-free celiac,currently living in brooklyn, ny. i love to cook, and eat healthy. i also love to bake delicious treats that even have my "normal" friends asking for seconds. after being diagnosed with celiac, i have helped my mother and grandmother find they too have the illness. i am a tattoo artist, cyclist and travel often all around the globe. i have learned many things about my body and my health along the way and would love to share them and my signature recipes with you!!
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