HEALTH ISSUES

CELLULITIS / HIVES

cellulitis is one plague I don’t wish on anyone..It ravages the skin and is caused by a multitude of factors among them cancer, hepatitis C and allergic reactions. In my case it began as an allergic reaction to a water based hair color called Bigen purchased at Sally beauty supply. t’s effects can last anywhere from a few days in the very young to 6 weeks or more for the more mature. Remedies include oral steroids, NSAIDS, steroidal creams and ointments. The itching would sometimes resurface even after the rashes went away. If cellulitis develops you’ll suffer from cold sweats, feel feverish and even listless. The skin on scalp, ears and and other soft tissue areas become dried and scaled, shedding profusely at times. You will experience heightened sensitivity to smoke, cold temperatures and even sweat against your clothes.

The rashes would appear, go away and reappear in other areas. it began on the head, as expected, then spread to the neck, arms and chest and eventuality to the legs. At it’s peak the skin would appear burned and cracked, not unlike a stove or fire burn, but then would disappear as if it was never there. Clothing would be difficult to wear, cotton was the best while nylons and synthetics gave a scratchy feel. The worst part was when you felt thousands of needle pricks, little ones that came and went like a flora of fireworks, electrical shocks or a sparkler held near– so intense it made me want to scrape the skin off — once even causing a panic attack. It was worst when in the middle of the back. The itching often began by doing nothing more than changing position in a chair.

If not kept in check.the remedies themselves have side effects that can cause other issues. I now realize what a delicate balance the art of medicine really is. The first treatment was oral steroids used to “reset the immune system”, which initially took away the endless cycling of rashes appearing as well as the itching. The problem was that after the treatment ended the rashes began to appear again. In addition the drug can cause dark stools which may be indicative of intestinal bleeding, a dangerous condition. Hot / cold shower cycles sometimes took away the itch but didn’t always work. I found that dusting down with baby powder and baking soda kept the itching at bay. Antihistamines helped but only a little. Doxycycline hvclate turned out to be the final cure. This medication is also prescribed for conditions such as acne, and other skin infections. Doxycycline hvclate makes skin extra sensitive to light and heat so excessive showering,may make the skin redder and itchier. You will also become susceptible to other maladies like edema, especially if your sedate.  Without treatment the condition could  lead to a blood infection which could become fatal.   I sometimes compensated by rubbing down with products like CeraVe. It took about two and a half months for the condition to resolve. I had to give up normal rituals like working out and social interactions become embarrassing and uncomfortable.

Make sure you go to a dermatologist. I found that The general practitioner wasn’t much help.They seemed reluctant to prescribe unless you really pushed. I became obsessed with finding relief. I scoured the internet to investigate remedies and find out how others handled it but didn’t find much. Of all the health conditions I’ve ever had– toothache, stomach virus, pink eye, severe acid reflex, pounding headaches this was the worst. A big price to pay for my own vanity. If you want to try this product I suggest you  do a spot test like the instructions direct.  I hope this article helps.