I’ve Always Been a Little Rash (Pun Intended).

April 27, 2012

So, I’ve got this rash (cutting to the chase, I know).

It’s in my right armpit.  Well, not exactly the armpit- it snuggles up to that little pokey fat that sticks out between the armpit and chest.  The pokey that models don’t have.

It’s small, maybe three-quarters of an inch long, less than half an inch wide.  It itches like a mother f$%#@$.  And it’s been there for at least a month.  I don’t really know how many weeks anymore because I’ve been ignoring it for so long- if ignoring and scratching at the same time is possible.

Honestly, I haven’t had time to make the effort to pull out a hand mirror and examine my armpit pokey, so I’ve just been slathering it with cortisone cream and calling it a spider bite.  But the other day I’d finally had enough and assessed the situation, and I’m pretty sure it’s eczema.

I know eczema can be caused by food or environmental sensitivities, but I’ve evaluated my diet, and I’ve been eating the same foods I’ve eaten for twenty years, with the exception of switching from soy milk to almond milk 8 or 9 months ago (that’s another post in itself, and I’ve never shown signs of allergy to any nuts before).

And while I’m no Pat Welsh, I did just single-handedly take out a twenty-five foot section of honeysuckle (beast of a plant, I tell you).  But I wasn’t naked.  Or tucking honeysuckle roots into my shirt.

The think is, my little rash is becoming immune to the cortisone, and while calendula cream feels real nice, it doesn’t do a thing for this patch.  Plus, treating it is like sweeping the dirt under the carpet.  I want to know what’s causing it so I can get rid of it.

Any dermatological sages out there?

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5 Responses to I’ve Always Been a Little Rash (Pun Intended).

  1. Tina on April 27, 2012 at 7:02 am

    If it is eczema, try Monkey Balm. That stuff is amazing!


  2. Mom on April 27, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Is it possible there was poison ivy near all of that honey suckle??? It is pretty, green and has clusters of 3 leaves, on a vine(stem a little red) each leaf is shaped liike a pointed mitten. Google it if you aren’t sure.You might need a cortosone shot if it is… and something stronger for topical.


    thesweet Reply:

    Yes, possibly, but it’s not weeping, and the only spot is in my armpit pokey. It is flat and dryish on top, but dark (red-brown).


  3. Christy D on April 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    My aunt has excema, and she uses the eucalyptus oil from Bath & Body works on it, and that has seemed to help it. She used to have a prescription cream from the doctor but it didn’t work. Maybe try that if it’s excema.


  4. Laural Out Loud on April 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I get little patches every now and then, and the only thing that has helped (and believe me, I tried EVERYTHING) is prescription strength steroid cream. I didn’t want to use it, since I try to live as naturally as possible, but I also didn’t want to walk around with scaly itchy skin. Once it clears up, it’s usually quite some time before it reappears, so at least I’m not dosing myself with steroid cream very often.


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