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5 days ago · Grover's disease in Skin Health

A link to Grover's. Perhaps it is just genetic like many believe the most common form of eczema is- Atopic. The majority are born with it. These unfortunate eczema sufferers have to with eczema all their lives. So very difficult.

One theory about GD is that most seem to have spent time outdoors with lots of sun exposure. It's more prevalent in men, especially those that worked outdoors. Most get later it life (though not all) as if it took time for the sun damage to take affect.

Yes I spend lots of time in the sun growing up and living at the beach and still to this day involved with boating and outdoor activities. I can remember every summer our backs would burn, our parents would put white vinegar on to help cool the burn. After several burns and peels we would not long burn, even if swimming in the ocean all day. So in my case that could be a reason. Yet I know others who have spent as much or more time in the sun than me without getting GD, so back to the genetic tendency idea.

5 days ago · Grover's disease in Skin Health

Interesting about the vitamin A. A topical prescription Vitamin D3 topical is Calcipotriene Cream or Dovonex and has helped me. Developed to be primarily used for plaque psoriasis it seems to stall my GD breakouts. If already broken out it keeps the breakout from getting worse. Very expensive and I was better buying it with GoodRx the free coupon site on the internet than my Humana Medicare Pharaacy supplement. 60 gram tube without insurance around 300 but with GoodRx paid 100, yet it lasts. Even though the torso is a large area to cover it spreads well and takes very little. GD is baffling, as it comes and goes even when it seems the typical triggers have been avoided. AS I tell all, go to dermnetnz.org, best eczema site for less common forms of dermatitis or eczema like GD. Have been in remission now for almost 6 months, my longest break and only use the Calcipotriene about once every week or 2 if I start to feel a tingle and bumps beginning to form. Also believe my candida detox is helping all my eczema issues, (I have 3 forms), as residual candida in our intestines raises our histamines. No candida issues now after 6 weeks of detox and on maintenance plan. Basically zero processed sugar for life, no natural sugar as in fruit for 2 months and then only add back a few pieces a week.Zero carbs for 2 months and now can have small servings of non gluten carbs a few days a week. I feel fantastic and surprisingly to me, after 6 weeks of detox the candida symptoms disappeared along with my sugar craving. Yes sugar is an addiction and although my diet wasn't heavy in processed sugar, just a normal amount, I ate way too much fruit. At least 3 pieces a day and fruit is loaded with sugar. This sugar fed my candida residing in my intestines. Now it is killed because it starved to death. While dying it sends stong messages to our brain to be fed! An addiction just like nicotine or alcohol or other drugs. It will be interesting to note when my next break out happens with GD, as I know it will, but hoping this stalls the breakout longer.

Sun, Jan 13 7:17pm · Grover's disease in Skin Health

jameswb- go to the New Zealand Dermatology site and study Grover's, they also have photos. I have never heard of Grover's without a rash or bumps. I have 3 forms of eczema, Grover's is one and I am a classic case. New Zealand site list 5 criteria, and I have 4 of the 5 with the fifth being that most are male. It also list triggers. There are at least a dozen forms of eczema, even the NEA doesn't list Grover's as it is less common. I would search this site for other forms that may be more similar to your symptoms. Guessing what allergens you have won't work. Study the 5 Day Extended Patch Test for Allergic Contact Dermatitis. I guessed wrong for 10 years, after this test I learned what to avoid for this form and now am ACD symptom free. One of my various ACD symptoms was internal itching and stinging with no rash.

Sun, Jan 13 7:09pm · Grover's disease in Skin Health

I have both Grover's and ACD. Cottonique has some 100% cotton elastic free options, yet if you are large breasted you won't get much support. The side tie doesn't work at all. Their 100% cotton 3 front tie bra is adequate. Yet you will have a lumpy look under a knit, but fine with a 100% cotton or polyester button down shirt. The most comfortable one for me with small breast is their bra liner. It has a casing at the bottom with latex free elastic. I am not allergic to latex, but a different element in rubber, MBT which is in most elastic, spandex and blended fiber. I open the casing and remove elastic and replace with 100% cotton drawstring.

Fri, Jan 11 11:27am · Could my itchy face an allergy? in Skin Health

faithshouse- I used to wonder if my itching felt worse at night because I had no distractions, yet there is a medical reason for you to feel itchier. Our histamine levels peak at night. These histamine warriors are trying to defend our bodies from what they believe to be invading forces (our allergies). This raises our inflammation levels making the itch worse. I have 3 forms of eczema auto immune diseases. You may actually have several types yourself. Have you looked up Grover's Disease? It is specific to the torso, front, back or both, with some migration down arms or up neck, but that's less common. It's one of my forms doctors kept treating as ACD. Go to the New Zealand Dermatology site and look up the symptoms of Grover's and they have lots of pictures. True many are graphic and much worse than my physical ones were a mine were more like yours, fine red pumps and some broke through and would scab but they were not pustules (pussy). Steroids both in topical form or injection (Kenalog-40), did nothing to help that I noticed. There are a few non steroidal treatments that helped, but basically it needs to run it's course. Common for first outbreak to be 1 year with subsequent ones a shorter duration- mine about 6 months each, then 5 months off, and each out break has had symptoms slightly less than the previous. The actual name is Transient Acantholytic Dermatitis,aka, Grover's Disease. I have been free for 5 months now, yet if I press on my back torso skin can feel very small, almost indiscernible bumps under the skin just waiting. It's because with this disease our cells have lost their tight bonds so our skin is less of a barrier, allowing the contact or off of gassing chemicals, elements and natural ingredients to penetrate and get into our bloodstream to raise our histamines.

Tue, Jan 8 10:00pm · Could my itchy face an allergy? in Skin Health

Google The 5 Day Extended Patch Test, which is given by a specially licensed dermatologist or allergist. I had the True Test Kit and one other panel kit. This test checks for contact allergies like the chemicals and elements in rubber, metals, fragrance, preservatives and as many as 100 other contacts. Although I did have hand eczema for 10 years beginning in middle age I didn't know about testing to find the cause. After 10 years my entire body, not just nose area, began itching, tingling with stinging with the pins and needles symptom you describe. There was no physical rash and I had a hard time getting my derm or family practice doctor to understand as I looked just fine. I learned about Allergic Contact Dermatitis, ACD and a test for it, the 5 Day Extended Patch Test. My derm wasn't licensed to perform it so was referred to another doctor, an allergist. Of the 78 test site I reacted to 5 and now avoid because I control my contacts. I had to change 98% of my wardrobe, bedding, grooming products, 3 of the 5 classes of steroids and all my shoes plus more. Yet now I lead a productive and am free from ACD symptoms. Even if you learn you don't have ACD, you will have eliminated another reason for your itching.
So, check out this test for ACD and also research Perioral Eczema and Roseaca, both cause itching around the nose, yet I believe both are associated with a rash. Yet, my internal skin symptoms for ACD didn't have external symptoms so that's why doctors were confused.

Right now try to only use simple facial products which are free of many common allergens, buy Grandma's bar soap for face and body on Amazon, this year became a Mayo SkinSafe products. Safe for ACD sufferers. Only 2 ingredients, Google this soap and how it is made so not to be concerned 1 of the 2 ingredients is lye (it becomes glycerin in the soap making process). Stop using facial tissue with softeners. Only use 100% cotton linens washed with a safe detergent like Charlie's Washing Powder and the new All Free and Clear, fragrance free is safe for many.Do not use any form of memory foam in mattress or pillow; polyurethane foam is ok. Memory foam is made from elements is rubber as common allergy which I have. Vaseline original is about the safest moisturizer on the face, except with Perioral eczema. With Perioral steroids feed this form and occlusive moisturizers, like Vaseline trap bacteria. When I had this form I needed to wash face daily, apply a topical px antibacterial and an immune suppressant (non-steroidal called elidel) and it cleared up the rash and itch in a few weeks and hasn't returned. I am curious if they tried the elidel px on you? Yes expensive, $300 a tube, but with my insurance $100 and will last for years. I should have not used my insurance and used the free px plan GoodRx to buy the elidel. On the internet you get a coupon at GoodRx good at all your local pharmacies (put in zip and it will list all, even if they are in grocery stores). I learned with GoodRx I could have gotten the elidel for $89 at Wal-Mart. Elidel is not a steroid, it is an immune suppressant and worked wonders for me clearing up rash and tingling itch around the nose and mouth. It's much safer.

My internal skin symptoms had doctors baffled and before I learned about patch testing had a complete neurological work up thinking it might be systemic, like lioness mentioned a rheumatologist. My neurologist did not think it would be nerve issues because normally if one has nerve damage (I had head injuries in the past causing mild concussion and neck issues) the tingling, pins and needles and such are usually felt on just one side of the body; my issues were random and all over, head to toe, both side. Of course sleep was impossible and without learning the cause I would have finally committed suicide as I had not slept in months. Living with pain 24/7 becomes unbearable. Lack of sleep is a form of torture. I would lay there and think of easy and pain free and non messy ways to end it all. After all the tests for nerve damage only learned I had carpel tunnel and believe me my ache in my wrists was not even a concern of mine compared to the internal skin pain.

Keep a list of all the diseases you have been checked out negative for, all the tests you have had, all the meds you have tried and then look in new directions just like you are doing now. Best of luck.

Tue, Jan 8 12:49pm · Could my itchy face an allergy? in Skin Health

Do you have a visible rash? What testing did the dermatologist's do? Do you have this feeling anywhere else on you body?

Dec 31, 2018 · cellulitis from tea tea oil burn(s) in Skin Health

Like Kanaaz Pereira mentioned it could be Allergic Contact Dermatitis, ACD which I have. You were thinking since you hadn't reacted in the past to Tea Tree Oil that you weren't allergic to it. Our bodies change. I didn't develop ACD until middle age, this is common and now must control my contacts. Of course stop all Tea Tree Oil contact, even diluted. In the future if you want to test a lubricant on your bod, derms recommend putting a small amount on the inside of your elbow and then wait before applying elsewhere. It can take up to 5 days to react. The difference between ACD and Contact Dermatitis, CD ,is that ACD has a delayed reaction. With CD you usually react within a few hours.
I am curious as to why you think it is cellulitis as it sounds like a dermatitis rash.
Anti-biotics aren't given with ACD or CD unless infected, contact elimination and time is necessary. Steroids can help temporarily, but if re-exposed to the allergen causing the rash your symptoms will reappear. Steroids used occasionally are necessary, but for long term use they have dangerous side effects and I am sure you learned how expensive they are.! GoodRX is a free website which when you enter your zipcode and px needed it will list all the pharms in your area and the lowest price, plus they offer a free coupon and you normally save about 60% or more of retail cost. It's surprising the difference in pharm pricing. Wal-Mart normally the cheapest, yet often local grocery store pharms can beat their price. Walgreens always looses. Sometimes they beat my Humana Medicare pharmacy plan prices.