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Tom reminded me that I have been slacking in the posting and when I went back I realized that I have left everyone hanging on Day 3 of the patch testing. I went and came back with a positive for fragrance, nickel and cobalt so in addition to the chromium and the adhesive that makes 5.
Most interesting and a nice christmas present of sorts was the fact that we figured out that I must also be allergic to elastic/rubber/latex of sorts. The elastic band of stockings I had been wearing left welts that are still here five days later. Lovely. Add that to the list. Research into the adhesive allergy issue definitely relates it to a latex/rubber allergy and that is used in most elastics so…bingo! Yet another thing to itch over. This however, does make some sense in the my leg/arm rash thing since socks with elastic hit the part of my leg that broke out the rash and elastic from sweatshirts/etc would have been right on the part of my arm where I was getting that rash. Why though not the other leg or the other arm if I am that allergic? Good question, we haven’t figured that out yet, but we are working on it. Everyday brings a new discovery. I think that somehow I am heading off to be the Girl in the Plastic Bubble, but we will see.
No celebratory or otherwise drinks this Christmas season. I have been relegated to the designated driver again…..a nice chunk of my life has been spent that way when I was pregnant. Anyhow, good news to know that we are figuring some things out, difficult with dry weather and a dry house to figure it all out since the boys and Tom are dry-skin itchy occasionally as well.
Well after 48 hours of having the patches on my back, it was itching like mad, I had them taken off this morning. As it turns out, the paper adhesive tape that they used to affix them to my back gave me the worst breakout. That evidently was the majority of my itchiness. I tested positive for potassium dichromate. Unfortunately, this is found mostly in construction materials and is generally a type of allergy common to construction workers, of which I am not.
So….I go back tomorrow for the third and final appointment to see if any of the “maybe’s” turn positive which can happen up to 24 hours after the patches are removed.
So….no real answers, but we have a list of things that I am not allergic to….so I guess that is something.
So for about 24 hours now, I have had 29 of the “most common” allergens attached to my back. Things that sound familiar and some things that I never knew existed and cannot even pronounce. The general idea is that I wear these “patches” which are actually strips of adhesive with the allergens attached to them for 48 hours and then return to the dermatologist and he will remove the patches and analyze my skin to see if I test positive to any of them. Then after the patches are removed, I have to return the next day since some of the allergens can take up to 96 hours to show a positive response.
What am I thinking? I am thinking that I never realized there is so much crap in everyday products and I’m poisoning myself and my family (as is everyone else on the planet for the most part) and I am also thinking that this sounds way too easy and I will be very surprised if any of them are positive. I have had this rash and this itchiness for so long that I am beginning to think it is just the way the rest of my life is going to be…. so I might as well get used to it. I secretly hope that somehow I will have a magical answer…but since no magic has transpired in the past