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8/26/09 9:29 P

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8/26/09 7:04 P

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This is a rather "late" post... but as someone who has had the condition, I can vouch wholeheartedly for the sunlight/tanning cure. It was the ONLY thing that actually worked! And, yes, even with sun exposure it can take anywhere from 6 to 14 weeks to heal.

If it's still bothering you, try getting some moderate sun exposure during peak UVB/Vit D hours[about 10 - 20 minutes without sunscreen a few times a week and/or daily between 10am-2pm (as close to "solar noon" as possible). Odd as it may sound and/or as counter-intuitive as it may seem, the same hours we are told to avoid are actually the "healthiest" ones for us, especially in terms of Vit D. Check out Dr. Mercola's site for more on safe/sane sun exposure and its many health benefits]. This should be enough to clear it up sooner rather than later; though, ideally you want to expose the rash itself to sunlight - while a walk at lunchtime will have its own rewards it might not yield the most optimum results for the rash. Sunbathing (according to the guidelines above) is your best bet on this one. If you are bothered by symptoms (itching, etc.) while healing some Benadryl should do the trick nicely.

I hope it's mostly all gone by now... and if not, that it heals up soon! It's a rash to drive a person mad, that's for sure, lol!

The link to Dr. Mercola's site (safe sun, etc.) is below, if you're interested.

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7/13/09 10:10 P

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Ha Ha! No, don't use lots of soap. I used to be addicted to television Soap Opera shows and the name on here that was soap and fan together was taken by someone else. So I am Soapnut, now formerly Soapnut. There is a product for washing clothes called "soap nuts" that someone else on SPARK told me about because they were confused as to why I go by "Soapnut". They are supposedly really good for allergies and skin problems but I haven't tried them yet. I use All Free and Clear. I have used lots of products to bathe with for dry skin, thinking it was the "soap" or detergent I use. Never tried Emulsifying Ointment but will look for it. Thanks for the info.

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SOAPNUT - Given your username, I wondered if you use lots of soap! I don't (except for moisturising liquid soap on hands/face) because soap is VERY drying to an already dry condition. Instead, for years I have used Emulsifying Ointment. That is a very good substitute, so with that AND the Fish Oil, the last few months my skin is now normal.

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Thanks for the suggestion, I will look into that. My husband takes the Omega-3 Fish Oil capsules for his cholesterol too. He is on different meds from me. No side effects for him. It is not fun dealing with dry skin and trying everything to heal it which has been my challenge for the past 3 years or so. Even switched meds to see if that would work but it didn't make any difference. Also have a friend whose red dry itchy skin condition has challenged doctors for over 10 years so much so that she attends seminars as a guinea pig patient. I don't know if she has ever been suggested to take the Fish Oil caps or not, I will ask. Again thanks and glad you found what works for you.

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SOAPNUT - re the dry skin - I suffer(ed) that big-time until recently. My dietician put me on Omega-3 Fish Oil - (2x 1000mg capsules, 3x daily) because of cholesterol problems. My dry, rough and scaly skin has now gone and my skin looks good. My elbows were so dry, they were cracked on often stung. Fish Oil is very good for that condition as well.

You say you are on BP medication - if you decide to try the Fish Oil, check with your Doctor because it can interfere with some meds, e.g. Warfarin, so if there are no contra-indications it is worth a try.

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Bless you and good luck! My there are a lot of skin diseases out there and boy do they all look similar. Get a second opinion or a third if you can. I am suffering from dry skin due to a BP medication reaction and doing reasearch on how to treat and hopefully rid myself of it has really shocked me how common skin problems are. The prescriptions I have used from the dermatologists so far have only lessened symptoms.

And FYI-shot reactions can get worse-my daughter developed large knots on her neck and the back of her head when she took them and had to give them up.

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I was just diagnosed with this a few weeks ago. I thought it was a systemic reaction to my allergy shots (although it didn't help that I actually DID have a systemic reaction to the shots that day - blotchy skin and feeling like my throat was tightening).

To make a long story short, my allergist said this condition is completely harmless. They don't know what causes it but it rarely comes back once you've had it. If the rash itches, take Benadryl (by mouth - not the spray) and that should help. I believe he said it would go away completely in 6-8 weeks.

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www.mayoclinic.com/health/pityriasis
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LENORE - above is a link to the Mayo Clinic. It shows treatments etc. Hope it is of help.

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my sister might have it. she looked on web md and they have a picture of it and it looks just like it. what can she get over the counter? she doesn't have medical insurance and she owes the lab money. thanks.

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My husband had it a couple of years ago; it nearly drove him crazy! He wound up having to take steroids for about a month and the dermotologist gave him some sort of cream/ointment. In addition, he found that suntanning also helped.
Hope this helps!

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have you ever had this condition? what did you do about it?

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