Allergy to dusty/dirty things that last for weeks

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   Posted 6/12/2016 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I have allergic rhinitis and I always wake up feeling like I have a cold in the morning. I sneeze and blow clear mucus on both nostrils. I don't know if has connection with the rashes I've been having for more than 2 weeks.

The skin on the back of my hands, around my arms and on my elbows have red, itchy rashes/bumps that look like a combination of prickly heat rash and ringworm. I've already had them checked by a dermatologist who said that I am allergic to dust or dirt. I got them when my sweaty skin contacted with the dirty surface of my work table. The skin absorbed the germs on the surface and created this kind of reaction. She gave me Prednisone tab 20mg to be taken twice daily for a week and clobetasol cream to apply topically on the affected areas twice a day.

She said that I can eat anything I want and will only avoid foods that I thought worsens the condition. The rashes were gone after the treatment week but returned 2 days after. I continued applying the cream but the rashes continue to appear and they look worse than before.

Does anyone here had experienced this kind of skin problem before? I read from some of the posts here that food can cause allergies too but my doctor was certain that I can eat anything. Any advise?

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   Posted 6/17/2016 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
You didn't mention what you do for your rhinitis and whether you see an allergist.

I would see an allergist. You need to be tested or re-tested for allergies. My allergist says it's necessary to be re-tested every 3 years because allergies change over time.

Skin conditions and all sorts of other reactions can be from allergy to foods, things in the air, not just germs on your work table. You may need to try antihistamines if you aren't already taking them.

I am often telling people to try keeping a food journal to find out if they have food intolerances. (Put the term in the search box at the top of the page.) In your case, since your reaction may only show up on your skin which can take days, you'll have to avoid groups of foods for a week or so at a time before eating them again.

You might try avoiding citrus for a week, then the next week try avoiding tomatoes, potatoes and other Solanaceae family (nightshade). Then maybe legumes (beans and peas). Look up the families to get the whole group!

The common food triggers causing skin reactions are shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, eggs, and wheat. But you might also end up finding harder-to-identify things like additives such as coloring, MSG, artificial sweeteners, or sulfites or other preservatives.

Your allergist can do a skin test that might help identify your trigger(s) if your reaction is histamine related, but food journal and avoidance is free and you can start while you are waiting for your appointment.

Joan M
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   Posted 6/24/2016 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
dust is the most common allergen. I have tile floors here because I am allergic to carpeting which hold a lot of dust. I have to keep all surfaces clean of dust. It is a lot of work but better than sneezing fits, etc.

An allergist might be able to help you better than a dermi in determining exactly what the problem is.

best wishes
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