Ok, so I just had another test done in trying to figure out the rash episodes. For a history of that see Post 1, Post 2 and Post 3. I haven’t had it since October but went through with the visits to the Dermatologist anyway. I didn’t expect to get anything from this test since every single test I have had for anything has always come up as negative (nothing) or inconclusive. That includes tests for Celiac, Dermatitis Herpetiformis, inflammatory markers, abdominal ultrasound, liver enzyme tests, thyroid tests, hormonal tests, cortisol tests, etc etc. So the test I had done was called a Skin Patch Test. They stick strips of tape onto your back with a bunch of little circles of allergens on them. You leave that on for over 48 hours (no showering) then remove the tape. Another 24 hours later you have a look to see which (if any) caused reactions. I initially didn’t have any reactions when the nurse took the tape off, but she assured me this meant nothing. She said once the skin is exposed to oxygen the reactions can appear. One girl she saw had no reactions at first but the next day showed 21 of 30 something allergens reacting.
I went home and didn’t think anything would happen. Later that night I felt a crazy itchy spot and sure enough there were 3 spots of red on my back. The next morning I went in to see the Dermatologist and he told me which allergens they were. One was topical antibiotics, but we could rule that out as being the cause of the rash because I haven’t used any. One was dyes he said mostly dark blues and blacks. This could be interesting. I normally wear white tank tops or t shirts under my shirts but also have some blue or black ones. This could be a cause for sure, since it is an infrequent habit. The other was fragrances including cinnamon and cloves. I eat cinnamon very infrequently and he said it’s also in commercial toothpaste which I use infrequently. I will be cutting this out for a while to see if it helps. I will also be figuring out a homemade toothpaste to avoid these kinds of problems. I’m also going to look for a fragrance-free natural sunscreen. I don’t have any other sources of fragrances since I only use basic soap, coconut oil, baking soda, yogurt, apple cider vinegar, or an egg for cleaning my hair and body. See my post on How to Clean (SCD Legally) in the Tips and Tricks section.
So I’m kinda glad I did this test and it’s really the first time I have something constructive to work with. Should be neat to see if this makes a difference at all. I’m also hoping this is completely unrelated to Dermatitis Herpetiformis and that I don’t have Celiac Disease. Who knows, time will tell I guess.
Oh, and I didn’t shower for almost 3 days in order to complete this test. Did I smell? Nope, I used coconut oil and baking soda as a deodorant and that worked ridiculously well. Thanks to Sarah for that tip!