The Damn Rash is Back

First, before I start on my rant, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a really good day. The weather was AMAZING. No humidity (say what?!?) and the high was maybe 60? Delish. It was just my mom and me and our 10-12 dogs between us. We cooked, talked, cooked, and talked. It was great to reconnect. My husband and step-daughter arrived home from out of state about 4 p.m. and then we got to visit with them and hear about their trip. I hope you and yours had as much joy as we did!

Now, the RASH. Since contracting Lyme (when this happened I have no idea but….), I have had strange rashes. On my legs. On my arms. On my hands. On my face. I had a bout with hives this past summer. I never really figured out why. It’s been since July 2016 that I’ve had a legit rash. And it was very unpleasant. It was under my left eye across my cheek. It was down the left side of my face and under my chin,

It itched so horribly!! My doctor sent me to a dermatologist (since I had just had this rash in April 2016, same place). The dermatologist tested me for skin Lupus and sent me on my way. The test was negative. She gave me some cream which helped the itching but whatever. It lasted about 10 days. 

My out of town LLMD looked at pictures a few months later and stated it was systemic and not caused by anything external, aka Lyme disease. Or maybe a virus that caught me because my immune system is just plain no bueno.

Anyhoo. It’s back. Same rash but it’s under my right eye and on my right eyelid. It itches something fierce, and I am trying my hardest not to itch it! It is miserable! It popped up Friday night and has just spread a bit. It looks like my eye is swollen. Nice. I’ve been babying it and keeping it contained by not touching it (ok, barely!). And, I’m back at work tomorrow! Yippee!! 

 Look, the last few times it has been much worse, but still. My plan is to go to work as it isn’t contagious (we figured this out the past 2 times as well) and hope that it clears up asap. If my eye gets worse or the area gets more swollen, I may have to take a day off, but I am really trying not to do that if at all possible. 

I’ll be honest, the rashes on my face just make me so anxious. Not because of what it looks like but it’s just a constant reminder that Lyme is still lurking. Lyme is still beneath the surface just waiting for any chink in the defense. It’s a reminder that even though I’ve made progress, I still have miles to go. UGH.

Surface

 

Damn rash. 

Wish me luck with this. Have a good week, friends. Be happy. – b

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11 thoughts on “The Damn Rash is Back

  1. Ugh, that is horrible! About 12 years ago, long before I was diagnosed with Lyme but, most likely, long after I was infected, I started developing strange rashes and hives, including on my eyelids. Turns out I had chemical sensitivities and dermographia–skin that developed hives in response to pressure. The hives on my eyelids were from my pillowcase touching my face when I slept. Switching to a hypoallergenic detergent and sleeping on my back helped. The hives and skin problems have improved since then but like to come back whenever things get worse.

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  2. I am so sorry that you are suffering. My skin rash triggers are all dairy products and egg products. I too have a rash (after indulging at Thanksgiving). Luckily my rash is on my hand and arm. Although, when I was a child I would have a random rashes pop up on my face. Sending healing thoughts your way.

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  3. I have psoriasis as a side effect of a wacked immune system courtesy of Lyme. I know how you feel. It can be so annoying. I take antihistamines, like Alegra, for the itch sometimes. Can’t do that all the time–it wears me out. .

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    • Hi Sherry, oh the joys, right? I had hives this summer. They would up and get worse anywhere I rubbed or scratched my skin. It came on mostly in the afternoons/evenings on my legs, torso, upper arms. They came and went over a weekish. It was the weirdest thing. I’m thinking mast cells? Anyway, I was also taking some prescription anti-itch meds but they totally made me sleepy. We just can’t can’t catch a break, can we?!???

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