What Am I Allergic To?

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
For the past couple of years, I have been intermittently breaking out into rashes on my lower and upper legs, and it is so painful when it happens, which for the past year has been daily.  They come and go.  Sometimes I am at work, other times I'm trying to go to sleep at night in my bed.  The pain is intense, visceral itching and pain with itching.  The rash is raised.  I saw a dermatologist, but was only given a paper bag of cream samples, a suggestion that I start on Gabapentin (um, no!), and asked to follow up in six weeks.

This morning I got out of the shower and had a rash all over my abdomen--I've only had this happen one other time on the airplane to Australia.  Then I looked in the mirror and saw my forehead had broken out into a red rash.  I have been trying to identify the source of these rashes for a long time, but all of a sudden a light bulb went off and I looked at my bottle of shampoo: Garnier.  It's all I've used for several years now.  Over on Her: Women's Health and Wellness, Garnier is listed as a top-selling shampoo to stay away from due to the chemicals in the product known to cause dermatitis.  I'm going to try eliminating it and see what happens.  We already use natural cleaning products like vinegar and have a pesticide-free yard (we took the pledge, Metro!).  Nothing is working, not even a steroid cream.  I really hope I've found the problem.  Is it Garnier?  Is it something in my work environment?  Help! 


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