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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Fair warning: this is really more or less a self indulgent rant/itsy bitsy pity party.

 

Tonight I used Nads to wax my face (sorry fellas).  I have used it MANY times before, although I can't remember if the last time was before going gluten-free or not.  After using it -all over my face I might add- I noticed welts forming on my skin.  Immediately took a benadryl and now I'm just waiting to see what happens (complaining as I wait to you all).  They are getting better, but there's really no telling what it'll look like tomorrow morning.  Other online accounts say it took days or weeks to get over.  Lovely.  Given my slow recovery from just about every health issue I've encounter these past 10 months, I'd say I can double that recovery time.

 

Is this seriously what I have to look forward to for the rest of my life?  New reaction, after new reaction?  Someone please tell me it stops after some point.  I know that this either just popped up or was always there and my immune system was just in overdrive from the gluten.  I can rationalize it.  But, I'm pissed off!  This product is all natural- no chemicals.  Oddly, it has dates in it and I've been staying away from the lara bars because I thought they were bothering me.  I have a pre-existing allergist appointment a few days from now and I'll insist he check me for that.  But, ugh!  and drat, and crap, and damn!  I want to use many more four letter words but wouldn't want to offend the good people on this site any more than I have.

 

The kicker is, I was trying to clean up my appearance for a wedding tomorrow and an upcoming vacation next week.  Now I'm kicking myself for being cheap and keeping my fingers crossed that I don't have to visit the emergency room.

 

Really?!?!? Think I'll go wash my face again.  I can still feel the residue...

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I don't know if it will help you feel any better, but I once tried to steam my skin pores over a bowl of boiled water, and I burnt my nose, and ended up with a very noticeable red burn mark on the tip of my nose. It was right before an event the next day. I ended up looking like Rudolph the reindeer for about a month afterwards. So I can kind of relate to your embarrassment..

 

Don't distress too much about it. If by any slim chance you have clay (calcium bentonite clay) it is great to use for skin inflammation. It helps reduce redness very quickly. If not, a green tea bag (after it's been in hot water) sometimes helps too.

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I used to Nair (or was it Neet) my legs. One day after many years of using it I put the stuff on, all over my legs up to about mid thigh and it started burning. I ran into the shower to wash it off and I pulled the knob out of the wall. Then I had to run to my mother's bathroom, get her out of it, and wash the Nair off. (I was not at this time or for ten years after diagnosed.) It burned and it itched bad. For 7 days I tried everything I could think of to stop the maddening itch. Day 7 I followed an online home remedy of packing my legs in wet oatmeal. I'd say about 2 hours passed before I went to the ER, where they laughed at me. I had to get a steroid shot and take a series of pills. I was itching so bad when I went to the ER I was thinking I'd be fine with them cutting the wretched things off if I wouldn't get phantom leg syndrome!

 

My advice would be if you need to, go to the Dr sooner rather than later. I tried to tough it out and I lost a whole week and only made it worse.

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Thank you both for making me feel better!  The redness and welts disappeared over the night and hopefully they stay gone.  My skin still feels incredibly sensitive, though.  It's amazing that mostly sugar and honey could have done that.  Although I'm very glad the visible signs are gone, what I'm most upset about is the reaction itself to something I have used safely before.  It just feels like the rug has been pulled out from under me and nothing "safe" is really safe- if that makes any sense.  

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Thank you both for making me feel better!  The redness and welts disappeared over the night and hopefully they stay gone.  My skin still feels incredibly sensitive, though.  It's amazing that mostly sugar and honey could have done that.  Although I'm very glad the visible signs are gone, what I'm most upset about is the reaction itself to something I have used safely before.  It just feels like the rug has been pulled out from under me and nothing "safe" is really safe- if that makes any sense.

Was it a new, unopened container? If not, maybe it had something nasty growing in it? Maybe try a fresh one on someplace like you thigh and see if it bothers you? It could also be that they have changed the ingredients slightly? Or, like my son, you have developed a skin sensitivity to a preservative in it?

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