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Some type of allergy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 19, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Im 30 years old and have eaten a paleo/keto diet for almost 2 years. For the first 28 or so years, my diet was the typical "modern" diet with dairy, legumes and all sorts of grains. In the past i've never had any noticeable reactions to dairy, legumes or grains, so i'll some times have them on rare occasions. I've also never had any allergy problems with the exception for poison ivy. 3 weeks ago I noticed a small dime-sized rash on my left elbow and I didnt think anything of it. A few days later and it itched like crazy, got inflammed and the size grew larger and spread on to my other forearm and on to a circular area on my thigh about the size of a small pancake. I also had a few sporadic itchy bumps on my back and belt line. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with "contact dermatitis" which is pretty much just a generic term and was prescribed steroids. A week went by and the dermatitis went away and the day after I finished the round of steroids, the dermatits came back but only on my forearms. Im now on my second round of steroids which im also using benedryl and was told that if it doesnt go away in 3-4 days that I should contact a dermatologist (which will be in a couple days).

My question is, have any of you encountered something similar to this? I realize that as we grow older that certain allergies can form but it still seems a little strange to me.

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on June 20, 2012
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I did change to a new soap (glycerin based) a day or so before I noticed the bumps. Im now two days off using that soap and back to using Dr. Bronners and cold showers. I also think it could be a developing grass allergy as I also noticed an itchy bump on my elbow after I dove for a ball in baseball a couple weeks ago. Thanks for your insights!

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on June 19, 2012
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Ruling out everything can take a while. Start with things that changed just before you started have problems. I went through this whole round right out of college with hives. Never had them before or since. Doctors (full body exam - we all missed a big clue), blood tests, changed detergents etc. Finally I notice (duh!) that every single patch was below the waist. Stopped wearing stockings. No more hives. Don't give up, don't rule anything out until you've eliminated it for a few weeks.

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on June 19, 2012
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All my skin issues started after 45 years old, but my food allergies started around 40 (they just called it eczema), in my case my eczema is related to my food allergies.

Contact dermatitis can either be an irritant or allergy, my guess you'll need to go through a long list of changing soaps, creams, etc. to work it out, potentially you are allergic to a fiber in your clothing, bedding or latex, nylon (if you use gloves to wash dishes)....allergy testing might be a good place to start to narrow it down for you before going through all that....it could literally be anything.

good luck!!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 19, 2012
at 04:52 PM

Ruling out everything can take a while. Start with things that changed just before you started have problems. I went through this whole round right out of college with hives. Never had them before or since. Doctors (full body exam - we all missed a big clue), blood tests, changed detergents etc. Finally I notice (duh!) that every single patch was below the waist. Stopped wearing stockings. No more hives. Don't give up, don't rule anything out until you've eliminated it for a few weeks.

Ada8bc57e46ceb7fe5741f635b2632fc

(25)

on June 20, 2012
at 12:00 PM

I did change to a new soap (glycerin based) a day or so before I noticed the bumps. Im now two days off using that soap and back to using Dr. Bronners and cold showers. I also think it could be a developing grass allergy as I also noticed an itchy bump on my elbow after I dove for a ball in baseball a couple weeks ago. Thanks for your insights!

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