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1/17/19 1:49 A

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Hi Dottie - yea the bath thing only works like 2-4 hours, at least for me and poison ivy.

It occurs to me that when the liver is working hard to detox sometimes people start having itching and blisters.

I realized I misspelled the word ďfunctionalĒ.

Sorry I havenít been back on just every day. I continue to work on my cancer treatments and it all takes time... Past time for bed so I need to be getting the sleep I need to heal and get well.

I end up going to health food stores a lot but I know in small towns there isnít much of a choice. I lived 6-7 years in a town 580+/-5 or so people and to live near a town of 500,000+ with quite a few health food stores is a novelty - yet I still find myself shopping at places like Vitacost.com, vitaminshoppe.com, iherb.com and sometimes puritanspride.com ... sometimes the store brands are pretty good, and a lot of times they are short the amounts they claim to have. The other issues for me are watching to make sure they donít contain fillers or ingredients that I have reactions to (intolerances etc) like soy derivatives, shellfish, pork/porcine (like what is a heir ďgelatinĒ made from? some use pork, some use beef/bovine, shellfish, or a vegetable based gelatin etc). I also donít do well with synthetic vitamin e (if it ends in -ryls, it is synthetic. If it ends -rols then it is a natural vitamin E, but they should have all the forms together for better integration and absorption for the body (alpha beta etc)
mAo anyway I am still learning and I especially have stupid for my name where it comes to allowing myself have the sleep I need to heal!!

Take care of yourself!!

Julia

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1/2/19 9:54 P

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I tried the hot/hotter bath just the other day with epsom salts and some lavender oil. Felt great, smelled sublime, but relief only lasted for less than an hour. My next bath (when I can use the bathroom that long) will include the baking soda, which I'd forgotten was such a help with my daughter when she had chicken pox.

I have to search out some decent vitamins again. I used a very reputable company for my supplements in the past but got mad and canceled my account because they had stopped carrying my perfectly wonderful multivitamin, then a few months later, reworked their whole website leaving me incapable of even searching for the other items I used to buy regularly. It was probably a dumb thing to do, but stupid seems to be my middle name lately.

I also recall reading about colloidal oatmeal and will look for that for its skin-healing properties.

Thank you for responding so quickly last night. I look forward to hearing any ideas you may glean from any fibro-friends you know.

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1/2/19 1:12 A

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Wow, I feel for you, Dottie! And what a cruddy way to celebrate my birthday last year, having a fire burn your house and disrupt your lives!!

Not a doctor either. I have had blisters of various sorts come and go, but not sure it has much to do with stress other than as a reaction to inflammatory foods... I will ask one of my friends who has fibromyalgia and see if she also gets itchy blisters.

Most of my experience with itchy blisters has come with poison ivy or shingles. Iím fixing to get to bed so will be pondering and suggest other things too... but here are some things I think of, both as possible causes as possible topical things that might help. Willl be random... sorry. I just finished my blog and had a big day and Iím overdue for some sleep.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) and L-Lysine are two nutrients that help with nerve endings and really a good B-complex supplement for nerve related issues, as is Vitamin C (I take over 100 grams Vitamin C by IV for my cancer issues). As much possible, eating quality foods high in the nutrients is better than supplements, but you are working with a full plate already with the stress you have had. Iím still learning how to manage stress myself.

Do you have access to Funcional Medicine doctor in your area?

What about essential oils ? Are you familiar with aromatherapy where you could diffuse healthy oils that help reduce stress level? I would recommend you find a qualified practitioner because some oils like peppermint would burn and sting your skin even when healthy. So with blisters that are open, it stings like fury (yep, not bright, but I have done it.). Peppermint is healing for some areas but for now, bd side I donít know what you already know of or have experience with, I wouldnít put it on your skin.

Peppermint tea is considered ďcoolingĒ so that might be something to try, as a nutritious drink.

Iíve known of kidney patients who suffered with itching as the body tried to process the toxins remaining because of the kidneys not functioning. Not sure that is related.
mFor me a nice warm to as gradually hot as I can stand it bath with baking soda and epsom salts and a few drops of lavender oil relieves a lot of itchiness. If the blisters are open... not sure, canít rememver except with the poison ivy - that one I benefit from a deal where I got in a warm shower and kept gradually turning water hotter and hotter where it was almost too hot (for me about 118-120 is about as hot as I can stand)... it seems counterintuitive but my ivy blisters would get itchier and itchier and I would just rub and rub with flat sides of hands, not fingertips. Keep running it 10-15 minutes and suddenly the nerves ďpass outĒ and I would feel no more itching for 3-4 hours (enough for some blessed healing sleep!). Repeated that several times a day. I learned it on the internet years ago and have done it through 2-3 different poison ivy exposure episodes and one round of shingles. I have NO idea if this is appropriate for your situation but water in general will cite a multitude of issues (drinking water too - assuming itís pure water, not tap with who knows what chemicals and crud.).

Sorry I am yammering oh but I am about to conk out. Will check on here hopefully later.

I just noticed this team was originally set up to be private, so that may be wjy it has been inactive - no one knows about it!!!

Hope you get some relief soon! Prayers for you too!!

Julia

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1/1/19 7:28 P

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I've suffered from depression since I was fifteen. I've had tiny blisters that get itchy, usually before I notice them, Whether I scratch them from the beginning or not, they open and turn into little sores. They itch like crazy and ever since I was a small child I've never been able to leave marks on my body alone. My MD diagnosed it as a nervous rash aka stress rash.

Over the past few years, I've gone through a lot with being my mom's only caregiver for the past several years as her health worsened. We lost our home to a fire on Jan 18, 2018, were taken in by my daughter. Before a month was out, Mom had to be hospitalized & I had hospice called in and she was transferred to a nursing facility with hospice care until her passing Jun 2.
I have been living with my daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren for nearly a year now, sharing a room with both my 2-yr old & 17-yr old granddaughters. Obviously it's been extremely stressful.

Currently I have the rash on both arms, my upper back, both lower legs, and a few spots on my abdomen. Due to my inability to keep from scratching, I now look like I suffer from leprosy. The itching is more than distracting! I've used benedryl oral & topical, have a 2% hydrocortisone cream, clear calamine gel. which have sometimes helped only to clear my skin a little during sleep hours, but as soon as I awaken I'm aware of the itching and the scratching cycle begins.

I need help!!! All suggestions are welcome, as I can't live like this on top of Fibromyalgia and Major Depression.

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