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Stocked Up on Soup and Dermatologist Visit

March 12th, 2017 at 09:45 am

Today was not a no spend day as we went to Winco and stocked up on more soup. I will be glad when cold and flu season is over, because about all my kids are eating right now is soup. They are, at least, adding eggs into it to increase the protein content. If I were making it from scratch, there is no way I could keep up with their consumption right now.

Yesterday I had my appointment with the dermatologist. Apparently I have three different things wrong with me, two of which are treatable and one that is not. He gave me a cream for the patch under my nose (and I sometimes get it by my right eye, too) that will not heal and an ointment for the rashes on my fingers. Already there has been tremendous improvement and they don't itch all the time.

The non-treatable thing is called knuckle pads. It's a thickening of the skin over the knuckles and is generally hereditary. It is also a sign of insulin resistance, which I've had for years, and diabetes (which I don't have and have never come close to having).

On the bright side, he does not think I am actually allergic to nightshades, but getting nightshades on the rashes can aggravate them. Just like chopping onions and garlic and getting their juices on the rash can aggravate them. Mostly because the juice of these things cause pain if left on the skin. Once the rashes heal I should be okay if I get it on my skin.

So I decided to try eating them again and was very careful not to get them on my hands or the skin above my lips. No reaction. I am still going to be careful about reintroducing peppers, but it's nice to think I may get to have all the Mexican foods I love back.

I've had to switch out all my products. Even though they were all supposedly safe for my skin, they aren't. One lotion that claims to be good for eczema has alcohol in it, near the start of the ingredients. Alcohol dries the skin out and has no business being in skin cream.

So I've bought Kiss My Face olive oil soap, the only ingredients of which are saponified olive oil, water, and salt and am to use it on my face, not just my hands. I have Neutregena Norwegian hand cream and am supposed to use it every time after I wash my hands. Just a tiny amount though, not slopped on like most people do with lotion. I've got Bio-Kleen laundry soap that is unscented. I was using citrus, but no scents at all. I already used the free and clear Bounce.

I have Seventh Generation free and clear dishwashing liquid, but I have to use rubber gloves from now on every time I do the dishes. Dishwashing liquid is not good for hands (not even the Palmolive, you're soaking in it one) and I am not to get it on my hands.

I washed all of my bedding yesterday and I think it is already making a difference there, too. Between the co-pay and all the soap, lotion, prescriptions, and cleaning products, I spent about $125. Better than I'd hoped, but more than I wanted to spend. Still, if it heals my hands, I'm all for it.

7 Responses to “Stocked Up on Soup and Dermatologist Visit”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    You might even try straight up olive or coconut oil on your hands for moisture. I'd be happy to have onions and garlic back in my life too!

  2. Carol Says:

    Good news! So important for everyone, but especially for your life, to be able to use your hands comfortably.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I believe Seventh Generation is in a class-action suit; I would check out whether the claims they made in the past affect your condition.

    I had a similar whoopee! feeling when my doctor said I need not follow the dialysis diet until (hopefully never) I am in dialysis.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Sorry about all the illness and soup consumption. Hope everyone gets healthy fast!

    Sounds like your doctor's appointment was very beneficial. Hope you can find some relief.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    CB--I'll look into that.

  6. Deb Says:

    Norwegian hand cream is my favorite. So thick and moisturizing I picked up samples of it at a dermatologist's office. My hands have never felt so good since using it.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm glad you got some answers!

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