Contact dermatitis or FOOD Allergy reaction??

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Mike112233
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   Posted 5/5/2011 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I started noticing itchiness on my jawline/neck and wrists. Over the course of a 2 or 3 day period, it grew worse and worse, till I developed an intense itchy, red rash over my entire neck (front and back), red itchy dots on my wrists, extremely itchy eyelids, earlobes, mustache area, and entire area under the chin. Also, a horrible red itchy rash in the groin area.
I am on prednisone to cure it. One doc said possible food allergy; other doc said contact dermatitis.

1.) Based on the facts, was this probably caused by a FOOD that I ate (a food allergy), or something I came in contact with in the environment (contact dermatitis)?

2.) With contact dermatitis, does the substance literally TOUCH every part of the body that gets the rash/itchiness? Because I'm telling you -- NOTHING (to my knowledge) touched both of my eyelids and earlobes, under chin area, and entire neck etc. In other words, nothing I can think of "contacted" all those parts of my body. (And I've used the same products at home my entire life.)

3.) I had dental work done previous to this.. is it likely to get such a reaction from something done during dental work?

Any thoughts / suggestions would be appreciated....

thank you

couchtater
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   Posted 5/5/2011 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm wondering if you touched something you're allergic to and it transferred to those places?
Joy

Mike112233
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   Posted 5/5/2011 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
When you say "transferred".. I'm trying to understand how that works. If I touch one part of my neck with a substance I'm allergic to, can it "spread" by itself to all other parts of the neck, and up to the eyes, earlobes, etc? Is that how it works..?

Alcie
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   Posted 5/6/2011 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Mike -
You could spread things like poison ivy or a chemical by getting it on your hands and rubbing eyes, etc.

Did you switch laundry detergent or use a fabric softener? I can only use All Free and Clear, double rinse, and no fabric softener on underwear or towels. I only use no dye, no perfume softener sheets on my husband's shirts and things that have lots of static.

Food allergy can show up like this too. Keep a food log/journal, with everything you eat or drink and all medicines as they can cause it too. Note the days and times you have reactions.
Alcie
 
 

Mike112233
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   Posted 5/6/2011 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, that sounds like so much work, but we don't have a choice if we want to find out the culprit. Everything -- our food, soaps, bathroom cleaning products -- EVERYTHING becomes a suspect. It's overwhelming.

I live in an apartment and therefore use a public washer and dryer. So whatever softener sheets the person in front of me is using -- I am probably being affected by them to some degree.

I have not switched any products -- but what if these companies change the formulas for various products? that is always a possibility!

I guess I need to start the long, tedious investigative journey to try and figure this out.. because I don't want this to continue happening.

couchtater
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   Posted 5/6/2011 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
You probably are allergic to something someone else is using in the washer or dryer before you. That's the hazards of using shared washers and dryers.
Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 5/6/2011 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
And you probably can't get a second rinse cycle either unless you pay for a whole extra wash.
Might try smelling the machines for perfume before using and wiping them out with a paper towel.

Stop using anything with perfume or color in it. I use just a little vinegar in water for cleaning most things. I have good luck with Neutrogena soap and shampoo. Watch the moisturizers and lotions too.

Yes, keeping a log is work, but it's really not so bad if you just leave it on the kitchen counter. It paid off big for me - found sulfites were triggering my reflux and tachycardia.
Alcie
 
 

allergy_grrl
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   Posted 5/10/2011 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was 17 I suddenly developed reactions to products I had used my whole life, so I wouldn't rule that out as an option.

The best advice I have is that after your course of prednisone you should get tested for allergies. A patch test will test for skin allergies, or prick tests can test for food allergies.

To me it sounds similar to what I experienced when I first developed my skin allergies. The patch test was a savior for me. I am allergic to formaldehyde-releasing preservatives which are in basically everything (soaps, lotions, shampoos, sunscreens) including soaps like Neutrogena which lack perfumes or colors and may say "hypoallergenic." I'm also allergic to dry-cleaned clothes.

Hope you can figure it out!
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