Thursday, February 10, 2011

skin issues

All my life I've suffered from very "delicate" skin.

Since I was little girl I always needed to make sure that the jewelry I wore was the "real deal" and not the "cheapo" kind cause otherwise I will break out and my ears or neck would get infected. Even during the 80's when plastic swatch watches were "cool" (and in some cases wearing more than one was the "in style fashion) I had take it off once in a while and always to sleep because if humidity would stay under the watch I would also develop some kind of rash....

But most of these skin conditions have always come and gone, some affect me during certain periods of my life and others I am sure get affected by season, weather, etc... Although I must say that I've always managed to control them, for example I know that 'till today I cannot sleep with any kind of jewelry on, so the only thing I wear to bed is my wedding band. Also I stop using a watch long time ago (for several reasons but the allergy reaction included).

A couple of year ago I started getting some puffy, swollen eyes in the morning, at the time we were visiting my mother in law in Maryland so we thought it was probably the change of weather and the city air that was different from the island air and was affecting me... Then after a few weeks it got better. After a while on and off it started happening again, until a few weeks ago that it came back with a vengeance, now lately my eyes are super swollen in the morning, itchy and my eyes lids at times seem like they are going to explode.

So I went to see the eye doctor and she send me some eye drops as well as an ointment to put on them, it help but didn't get rid of it, finally the last appointment I had with her, she said that the situation is skin related and not my eyes. So, yesterday I had a dermatologist appointment for my eyes and also about a mole that I've always had in my tummy but lately is being changing shape and kind of growing.

The doctor said that it could be eczema (which in the past doctors have said I have) or psoriasis, and with the mole all she wants to do is rule out melanoma. Tomorrow I have to go back to the hospital as the doctor wants to do two biopsy (on my tummy for the mole as well as another little rash I have there that she thinks might be the same as what's affecting my eyes).

I have to say I am not looking forward to these biopsy, I've never had any surgery or anything of the sort, so it makes me kind of scared... Still I do know that if that's what it takes for my skin to get better and specially my eyes to heal, then I guess I must do it.

From my point of view and my symptoms (although I'm no doctor) I really think it's eczema, specially because if I google Psoriasis and look at the pictures (besides having nightmares at night), the stuff that shows there looks nothing like me or my condition, in fact my outbreaks are not even noticeable unless I tell you exactly where I have them, still my eyes are itchy and my tummy too.

Please keep in your prayers and send me some good vibes so hopefully tomorrow the biopsy procedure is not too bad and both results are not critical, thanks in advance for thinking of me tomorrow!

Have a great day!

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Happy Days said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am assuming they are going to remove the "spots" right? Then send it off to be checked. I went to the Dermatologist recently for several skin mole thingies I had and none of them were of any account...just things that grow when you get old...eeek...Am I old??? I didn't think so, but I guess I 62...yuck. Good luck today, it won't be bad, you'll see. And probably nothing to worry about. Hopefully someone can tell you about your skin problem. ...debbie

Colleen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hope everything goes well tomorrow, and the biopsy is negative! Good luck with the skin problem, too. I've been dealing with acne since I was 12, and so I know how frustrating it can be trying to figure out what's going on with your skin!

Anna E said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Will send my best wishes and hope you get a clarity about what is going on, and what the treatment is. I have suffered from eczema since childhood (atopic dermatitis), also called "allergy eczema", and have also had the kind of swollen eyelids, you talk about. For me it turned out, that I was allergic towards my dog (!) and to dust mites (those living in matresses, carpets and furniture in humid houses etc.), so I now, unfortunately, live without any indoor animals, and with very few curtains, and carpets, wash the pillow and duvet 3-4 times every year, change matress once every 10 years.. So in case it has anything to do with allergy (which I hope not!) it is important you find out what kind of allergy it is. Could perhaps also be food related?
Anyway, am sure it is nothing "bad", and you will be well soon.

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Praying for you today!

Janelle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

sending you good vibes that everything will turn out well and you can get down to the bottom of the problem. it can be very frustrating! my skin is also very sensitive and like you the allergies come and go. hopefully they go soon.
have a great weekend!

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