I have gotten a rash a number of times since January 2008. This picture is from my bout last May, which I documented in pictures thoroughly. This picture was the clearest and most PG that I could share. The rash off and on has been going on almost 2 years and I am still getting it. I thought it was related to gluten exposure but now I’m not so sure as I have been super careful the past 6 months to not even have it in my house. I mean really, unless someone is going around the Health Food Store sprinkling flour on all the produce, there’s no way I’m being exposed.
Doctors and naturopaths look at me like I’m an alien. None of them have ever seen it or have any explanation. It does not seem triggered by any food. It does not seem triggered by stress. It does not seem triggered by a change in my lifestyle in any way. Basically after 2 years I’m as dumbfounded as the first time I got it. I just have no idea.
I thought the last time I got it that taking vitamin C in large doses was helping. This time it is not so it was probably a coincidence. Nothing helps, not even Benadryl. I sleep (barely) with ice packs, shifting them and shifting my position every hour. It’s miserable.
The “rash” starts out on my chest, always. It sometimes covers as much as my entire chest from neck down to bottom of the rib cage, up the back of my neck covering my scalp, and all the way down my back to my tailbone. I sometimes get some random spots at the bend in my leg at the hip.
If anyone has ever seen this or have any advice for me PLEASE contact me or comment or anything!
See my previous post on Celiac Disease for a full history of the rash.