Originally Posted by Mari
My friend took some pictures. I might try again in better light.
The rash is kind of scaly and might have stared when I was still working before the Christmas break --- this helps me think of that timing --- I raised the Gabapentin sometime after December 18 but I might have had the rash before December 18.
Tends to take the Gabapentin out of the picture.
The skin on my wrists is scaly so every once in a while I was using (once a week) a very mild facial exfoliate on the back of my hands
(I was using them wrong. I thought the "soap" was a lotion. )
here we have a clear link between specific products and actions used on the back of your hands, and a rash which appeared, looky looky, precisely in that area and nowhere else
Given this context, your symptoms
Originally Posted by Mari
skin on the tops/backs of my hands and wrists are red and scaly and burning.
correspond well with contact eczema
. using a "soap" - even Clinique - as a lotion definitely can cause such a reaction, but i'm betting the exfoliation set you up for it. Exfoliation no matter how gentle involves some abrasion of the skin and will cause temporary irritation, even if subtle.
Since you've tried the coconut oil on it with beneficial results - i'd stick with that. It is an excellent nourishing agent and anti-inflammatory despite its scarce content of vitamin E. You won't have to do this long, worry about the couches later. you could apply it and sit for five minutes, then dab dry with a soft cotton cloth. I would suggest 2ce a day - morning/evening. Virgin coconut oil would be better but since what you have works, fine.
However, please, please, suspend use of the cleansers and do not exfoliate
, even if the skin is scaly. Use only the oil until the redness and burning go away. If you are not taking your Zinc, you may also take that to help with healing.
I too hope you feel much better, and i believe you will.
That said I'd STILL consult the dermatologist on this whole incident
- I'd get HER recommendations on managing what you are describing as the "scaliness" for which you were using the exfoliate. Exfoliation may not be appropriate at all. Depending on the reason for the "scaliness," using deep moisturizers more regularly (such as your coconut oil) may be more appropriate.
- I'd also get her take on possible gabapentin involvement although i see it as highly unlikely.
Sooner is better so she can see whatever is left of the rash if anything. Also bring the pix.
yeah yeah i know...
guess i'll shut up now and leave you with a snippet from an article on coconut oil.
Organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil is one of the most stimulating and uplifting oil for sensitive skin and can be classified as top “notes” or top grade skin oil.
If coconut oil is cold pressed from mature coconut kernels at temperature below 46° C, it is classified as 100% raw virgin coconut oil. It usually has a wonderful, very light fresh coconut smell and contain the high content of Lauric Acid — a fatty acid that provides antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Such coconut oil can help to treat Candida, nail fungus infections, dandruff and has shelf life up to several years.
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