November 24, 2015 at 5:31 pm #5726
Hi Dr D, the spikes are not airside, they’re going down into my tissue, I think that’s why they are so difficult to remove – but if you don’t remove this and the contents, the sores just get bigger and bigger, you have to get all the foreign parts out, before it will start to heal. Unfortunately, the sores they chose to biopsy, had already been cleared of all this gel stuff.
The weird thing about all this was that, the more sores I got on the outside, the better I felt on the inside. I wondered if this was a later stage of some kind of toxic disorder. That is to say, not that my skin was being affected from the outside but maybe just my body getting rid of stuff from the inside.
The whole thing started after I had been taking 3 Cetirizine (Zyrtec?) a day, then I stopped taking them. I had also started using iodised salt a few months earlier and I wondered if, between the two of these things, they’d kick started my immune system.November 29, 2015 at 5:35 pm #5729spdsk8trgrlParticipant
I have suffered a myriad of chronic skin issues for decades. I’ve been treated for everything from acne to eczema to folliculitis with very little imorovement. Fast forward a bunch of years to after I started suddenly reacting to an odd assortment of foods and eventually found out about mcas, and I was finally able to tie alcohol, then nsaids and aspirin, and anti seizure meds (zonisamide) to my skin outbreaks. The key was that I had a huge skin reaction to mobic, and then I started having reactions within a few hours of having g alcohol, so I was able to identify the specific triggers. My spots are more like folliculitis, but on the mcas groups we have had numerous discussions of the weird skin presentations. Note that mcas folks can be sensitive to any med including antihistamines, usually from fillers and colors but also possible tO be sensitive to the actual antihistmine. In my opinion, it’s more likely you have some other chronic triggers happening and the zyrtec didn’t really have any part in it. For me, elimination of the triggers was the only relief, I was taking huge doses of antihistamines and using topical steroids with no affect.December 8, 2015 at 7:13 pm #5742
I see what you mean about the fillers and colours they put into drugs, though I have to say that I haven’t had a skin reaction to my medication before. My neuro-opthalmologist did say that Diamox can cause a rash, that’s why I thought I’d post about it, just in case anyone else was suffering from it.January 24, 2016 at 2:56 pm #5813Butterfly55Participant
I have similar skin lesions mostly on my face with a few on my shoulders, and neck. I saw a dermatologist who thought they were folliculitis. I was also diagnosed with Rosecea and seborrhea dermatitis. She prescribed low dose antibiotics and metro gel. I have been dealing with this for at least 6 months and have had little success in clearing them. I have recently changed my protocol with better results. I also have some that will not heal until they are free of the offending plug. The ones on my chin need exfoliating with a glycolic product, it softens them and allows the plug to slough off. 2x per week. Then, I use benzoyl peroxide daily on my face and shoulders,neck. At night, I use my metro gel, prescription and take my antibiotic. So far things are slowly healing, but I still have a few new ones. I wonder if we get these as keratosis pillaris like many Eds and ours just get infected at the follicle?February 7, 2016 at 6:19 pm #5840
I have to agree, you have to remove all foreign matter, that is, not just the weird plastic/silicone-like top but also any tiny ‘cyst-like’ content (your ‘plugs’ ?), PLUS the linear growth from all around the circumference of the lesion, plus any overspill of this lesion ‘edge’ that’s spreading out laterally over your skin – then it will appear to heal. Generally, while ever there is foreign matter in the lesion, it will hurt but once removed, it doesn’t hurt anymore, even though it’s ‘open’ and will begin to heal over. Even then, it doesn’t go back to looking like normal skin, it will be more pink or more white and it may still become ‘active’ again at some future time.
So far, I’ve found the best treatment is to ‘dry’ out the top with concealer and pressed powder, applied liberally – you have to completely fill the tiny hole in the middle and the whole of the periphery, or it won’t work. I’ve also found you have to do both applications to each lesion in turn, otherwise it simply melts the concealer! If you’re successful, the top eventually easily sloughs off (as it doesn’t develop all those spikes behind it, which normally anchor it).
I find anything else, like fungal or gel-type treatments just ‘melt’ the tops of the lesions, enabling the contents to spill out, or be spread out, encouraging new sores. This condition has to be the weirdest thing I’ve had, it’s like something from the X Files!May 6, 2016 at 7:20 pm #5945
I have similar skin lesions mostly on my face with a few on my shoulders, and neck. . . . . . . . She prescribed low dose antibiotics and metro gel. I have been dealing with this for at least 6 months and have had little success in clearing them. I have recently changed my protocol with better results.
Which antibiotics ? and for how long do you have to take them ? Also, what is metro gel ?July 14, 2016 at 6:33 pm #5986
I just thought I’d do a quick update, I have had some success with a more recent, rather extreme and cumbersome but somewhat effective treatment method, so just thought I’d pass it on (for those desperate!). Remember I said that I didn’t get any sores where there was friction or pressure, pressure such as that from support hose ? Yes, I decided to ‘adapt’ some support hose for my arms (I simply cut the foot off and the lace top off an old pair) and wore these under long sleeved jumpers, stretching them over the top of my shoulders and tucking them under my bra strap! Before I did this, I made my own ‘elastoplasts’ out of non-irritating micropore tape and a bit of folded up paper tissue, onto which I slapped some Sudacrem and painstakingly covered each sore (all done immediately after bathing).
Crazy, I know, but effective!July 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm #5987
Oh, and I’ve started to make my own bath bombs with bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, peppermint oil (using ‘grapefruit seed oil’ as a carrier) and binding it all with witch hazel.
They don’t seem to like peppermint!
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