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What The Hell Is This?!?! (skin Issue, Not Gross)

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:53 am
by jumpseatflyer
So this patch of bad skin appeared back in Octoberish... I went down to student health and I was told to "slap some cortisone on that." Ok, that worked, up until about a week ago. I went back to student health when it reappereared to find out that either (A) I have developed an allergy towards cortisone or (B) my skin has gotten used to it and reverted. I have been off the lotion for a few days and its slightly better looking but it itches like all get-out and its basically impossible not to scratch. I can handle it in the daytime, but i usually find something to scratch it against while I sleep. Student health told me they will arrange a dermatilogist appointment, which will take "on the order of WEEKS" to schedule. Whoop-de-doo. In the meantime, just wondering if anyone here has had any experience with anything like this and could offer some advice to soothe the itching without the use of heavy medication (I have to fly a lot in the next coming weeks).

Thanks all.

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RE: What The Hell Is This?!?! (skin Issue, Not Gross)

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:55 am
by EWS
Too much spanking the Monkey if you ask me....   

Lew

[Edited 2007-02-10 22:58:28]

RE: What The Hell Is This?!?! (skin Issue, Not Gross)

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:56 am
by 9V
Camomile Lotion.

RE: What The Hell Is This?!?! (skin Issue, Not Gross)

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:00 am
by jumpseatflyer
Quoting EWS (Reply 1):
Too much spanking the Monkey if you ask me....

I thought about that too, but I'm a leftie  Silly

RE: What The Hell Is This?!?! (skin Issue, Not Gross)

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:05 am
by EWS
Quoting Jumpseatflyer (Reply 3):
but I'm a leftie

Looks like your ambidextrous too!  laughing 

Lew

RE: What The Hell Is This?!?! (skin Issue, Not Gross)

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:10 am
by AsstChiefMark
Herpes zoster? Maybe a contact dermatitis.

Mark

RE: What The Hell Is This?!?! (skin Issue, Not Gross)

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:27 am
by CastleIsland
Looks like a skin infection, or perhaps an allergy. Do you wear latex gloves at all?

Otherwise, try washing with Dial soap and using neosporin ointment on it prior to your appointment.

RE: What The Hell Is This?!?! (skin Issue, Not Gross)

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:20 am
by jetmech
Quoting Jumpseatflyer (Thread starter):

G'day Jumpseatflyer,

I sometimes get a skin condition which I think is similar to yours. In my case, the condition usually manifests itself on my hands. My skin / flesh will actually swell up markedly and become somewhat squishy / firm in texture. The swelling will be so bad that it covers my entire hand and fingers. This actually prevents me from fully closing my fingers. This swollen flesh also has a strange property in that you can still feel the scratch sensation in the flesh after you have physically stopped scratching. This condition usually completely goes away by itself after about a week.

Quoting EWS (Reply 1):
Too much spanking the Monkey if you ask me....

I would say that my periodic condition is caused by the various chemicals and irritants (latex gloves, synthetic jet engine oil, brake dust etc.) I come in contact with working on aircraft. There is a myriad of chemicals, irritants and other nasties inside the cabin of an airliner. I don't think it is a result of "bashing the bishop", not that I do that anyway !

Regards, JetMech

[Edited 2007-02-11 02:23:10]

RE: What The Hell Is This?!?! (skin Issue, Not Gross)

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 6:50 am
by WSOY
I think your skin trouble appears just like contact dermatitis. A clearly defined area, a "ring" of activity towards the edge.

(source:NIH)

[Edited 2007-02-11 22:51:38]