Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My skin is dumb...

Really, there is no other way to say it. Ever since eczema decided to surface its genetic self on me back in college, my skin has been a source of frustration.

Now, living in the Pacific Northwest, I face a new challenge--lack of continuous sunlight, which healthy skin thrives on (in healthy doses.)

So today I had an appointment with the dermatologist. My 3rd time seeing him since moving to WA. I explained to him how I'm ALWAYS trying to stay one step ahead of the itch and the scratch, trying to figure out which combination of creams, ointments, and pills to take to ward off the itch of the day.

He almost seemed excited. Apparently he attended this dermatology conference in New Orleans last week where they discussed a new kind of eczema, and what I was describing seemed to be it. I'm now on an 8 week course of new pills. Great. Now I'm an itchy guinea pig.

Did I mention that my skin is DUMB? (Scratch, scratch, scratch...)


Karen said...

Definitely a catchy title! =) Sorry to hear you're dealing with problem skin. I guess it's a good thing your doctor has something ready to try, though. Better than him saying, "Hmmm...I've never seen ANYTHING like this before..." =) Here's hoping it works, and then you can be the star patient of his next medical article!! =)

Sally said...

Ugh. I hate those chronic sicknesses. And despite all it's really wonderful advances Western medicine doesn't seem to be very good at chronic illness. It seems the best they can do is band aid the symptoms. Grant is having some issues lately and it's looking like some sort of autoimmune disorder (although he doesn't have a diagnosis yet). A lifetime of steroid use with all its attendant side effects is pretty much all they can offer. On the side he's trying radical diet and lifestyle change. We'll see how it goes. I hope your new pills work for you!