Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Living with Allergies, Intolerances & Skin Problems.


I've always been a sensitive person, physically (and emotionally) even as a baby I was allergic to Germolene and most bubble baths. When I moved into school age I was diagnosed with asthma and grew up struggling with extreme hayfever through my teens. 

Any way, bringing you up to date. A few years ago I developed a new allergy of kiwi fruit, cats, guinea pigs, Neutrogena products and along came my gluten sensitivity. This means I'm pretty careful when choosing skincare and make up products, as well as making sure I don't accidentally eat any gluten containing foods

More recently I've developed skin issues. I had pretty bad acne growing up and as you all know I had a course of Roaccutane a few years ago. I now don't get acne but in turn have other skin problems. I currently suffer with eczema, perioral dermatitis and possibly pityriasis lichenoides chronica (PLC) which is still under investigation. 

Perioral dermatitis is, as the name suggests, is inflammation of the skin around the mouth/lips. Most people think I just get really dry lips but it's actually related to this condition. My lips peel constantly and no matter how much lip balm I apply I will still wake up with dry lips. I'm pretty naughty when it comes to peeling the skin off and making them bleed pretty much on a daily basis. 

PLC is my newest, kinda diagnosis. I've had this strange condition for a few years, it comes and goes in small patches and no one has ever been able to diagnose me. This is because PLC is a really rare skin condition, that isn't seen that often, particularly in females. If you're wondering what it looks like, I've inserted a small picture below (sorry for the grossness, to clarify it is my armpit). These scabs arise pretty much any where on my body and last for around 4-6 weeks before going on their own.


This picture was from my worst flare up yet. These scabs completely covered my abdomen, further down my arms, on my thighs and even one on my eyelid. I'm waiting for another flare up before I can have a proper diagnosis from a biopsy, but the dermatologist believes this is the most likely diagnosis.

So what do I need to apply to these scabs? I have several creams, steroids, antibiotic creams and emollient creams to sooth the itchy and dryness. For my face I have a slightly thinner cream to keep my dermatitis at bay. I try to use natural-ish skincare products and I tend to know if a shower gel or bubble bath doesn't agree with me pretty quickly. Hopefully I will 'grow out' of some of these sensitivities as I get older - maybe. I guess it would be very boring if we were all the same.

I hope this wasn't to dull, do you have any strange allergies? 

Katie xx

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  1. i suffer with really bad eczema too. hydrocortisone is unavoidable but it helps so so much.
    i constantly suffer with dry skin on my face

    charlotte x
    www.thestylearchive.co.uk

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  2. I used to have eczema as a kid and my arms get pretty irritated sometimes it's shit!
    Love Vicki | victoriajanex.co.uk

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  3. Oh Hun I know exactly how you feel, I am allergic to so many foods I can't even fit them in this comment! Everyday life choosing things to eat is such a struggle.

    alice x | beautybyalicee

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  4. Well now you are in the special weird allergy gang along with myself :) at Christmas I was diagnosed with urticaria and seborrheic dermatitis thats on top of my atopic eczema which I've live with since I was a baby. Throw in a few allergies and OAS on top. Hope you can get a proper diagnosis soon. Hang on in there.

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  5. Allergies are the worst right! I find them so annoying, I've found the doctors really useless with them too. I have asthma but also a dust allergy, and a weird form of eczema which causes tiny blisters on my hands and feet. It is such a pain! Though I just bought an air filter and am loving it. Hope you get yours under control soon! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  6. Oh my gosh I feel so bad about complaining about my eczema now as this looks so sore , especially with your food allergies too how do you keep positive?!! I hope you can get it under control as it can really get you down :( I find holidays hard with the heat and hot showers xxx

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  7. Awh I feel for you ! I have quiet bad allergies too. When I go abroad if I get an insect bite it can make me hallucinate and all sorts ! I always think I'm allergic to everything but you truly are ! I have just learnt to cope.
    Hope you get yourself sorted !
    Alex ox.
    http://www.champagneandlemonadeox.co.uk

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  8. I am so glad I found your blog! I feel like we are very similar and I know what this feels like! I have an allergy to wheat, gluten and cows milk and a couple of other intolerances. It has been a long journey to fingering it all out! My skin went crazy before I knew my allergies. I have a section on my blog about food if you like those types of posts. I am really enjoying your blog defiantly will be following! Have a great day!

    Ivy xo
    www.ivyrode.co.uk

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