Remember this post? It feels like forever since I first went to the doctor regarding my strange skin condition. To recap, in August my skin started itching and inflaming on my hands, legs, face, and scalp. Right before getting into the family health clinic on base, it had spread to my inner elbows and down my clavicle. The doctor I saw diagnosed me with guttate psoriasis and told me to cleanse my diet (as it could be linked to an unknown food allergy). I started to be extra careful, and even cut out gluten in case it was a symptom of Celiac disease. My referral through our health insurance got misplaced, and after a month of waiting, I called to check on the referral status. After another week of limbo, I made an appointment with an outside clinic for the earliest date possible: December 27th! I worried a little over Christmas vacation about the future of my skin, and after entirely way too long, I finally saw the dermatologist.
Although my skin looked much better than in did in October, I was really anxious to meet my new doctor. I never had medical problems growing up, so having something “wrong” with me was scary! If it was something related to allergies, I’d be doomed to a life without my favorite foods. If it was something worse then I’d have to treat it, which would cost money and time and patience. Really, good health is such a blessing.
But my meeting with the dermatologist lasted at most ten minutes. He looked at my legs and inspected my scalp and guaranteed it was eczema. Eczema outbreaks are linked with seasonal changes, which aligned perfectly with my history of this terrible looking rash. He gave me a printout on sensitive skin and wrote me a prescription for an intensive healing ointment and a foam for my scalp. While my cream was being mixed in the pharmacy, Ethan bought me a doughnut in the clinic’s cafe to celebrate.
Side Note: When I was in desperate need of a haircut (before the major chopping occurred), I went to Salon DaVinci here in Alaska. The owner said my scalp could benefit from a more natural shampoo; so I decided to go back a month ago and pick up some bottles of the product. Simply put, Simply Organic is bananas. It soothed my scalp when I was having itch fits, and my hair looked healthier and fuller after just one use. You don’t have to wash your hair more than three times a week with this stuff, and now that my hair is shorty short, I wash it even less than that. It’s on the expensive side, but I can feel it working as opposed to the v05 I was using before. If you are prone to scalp issues, ask your stylist, and get this stuff. It made me feel like less of a leper (even before I was prescribed the proper medicines by my derm). Back to the main post.
I’ve been using the two medicines off and on, depending on my level of itchiness each day, but it has really cleared me up– even more-so than the steroid ointment my previous doctor prescribed. I’ve been trying to finish the last of our gluten-free groceries, but have already indulged in breaded chicken, a BLT on toasted bread, and the party food from NYE. I still feel like I’m going to have an outbreak after eating a croissant or french fries from McDonald’s (Ethan’s so happy we can finally have McRomances again), but I think the more I eat normal foods the less weird it will feel.
I consider myself extremely fortunate that my skin condition wasn’t life/lifestyle-threatening after all. Living gluten-free for almost three months straight definitely put my choices into perspective. Luckily we got this diagnosed in time for a wonderful dinner at The Moose’s Tooth this past Saturday. And I had nothing but my taste buds guiding my decision. I’ll cheers to that!
P.S. Remember when I said I wanted to use more of my own photography on the blog? Well, that top image is a first attempt. Of course I kept forgetting to ask Ethan to help me this weekend, so I was left to my own devices on this one. Which means I ending up feeling like a high school-er again, taking artsy Facebook profile pictures of myself. I hope it’ll get better as the posts progress…for both of our sakes!!