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Had Lunch Out with S. and ate too much. Have been spending the rest of the day digesting, puttering around, and waiting for the Internet to do something interesting.

Have to make an appointment with a dermatologist, or conceivably an allergist: my hands and fingers (and occasionally toes) keep developing small clusters of tiny, itchy, slightly inflamed blisters for no known cause. My GP's only idea (other than asking the usual questions about changes in detergent, etc.) was to test me for rheumatoid arthritis. Which I don't have, thank goodness.

(My objection to the contact dermatitis theory is: why would it affect my toes? Other than in the shower, there's nothing that both hands and feet come in contact with, except perhaps cat hair.)

Usually any given cluster will itch for a while, then stop, then start up again, so I really couldn't tell you whether cortisone creams work. They don't work immediately, I can say that. If it is an allergy, would Benadryl, or, better yet, Claratin, help, do you think?

My other idea is that it may be an id reaction, which (to generalize and probably mistranslate) is an itchy dermatological reaction on the body to a condition somewhere else in or on the body. It would be unusual for it to affect just the hands and feet, but I suppose not impossible.

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np_complete
Aug. 18th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
You've given me the thought to try changing to the least allergenic, most unscented body wash I can find. That's something that would affect my hands and feet together.

I now think (after doing a lot of reading) that I may actually have two different things going on, one on the backs and one on the palms of my hands! Because, although both blister, the blisters are very different and behave differently. Plus, I had the pompholyx-like blisters years before the current, back-of-the-hands blisters showed up.
glory_jean
Aug. 18th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Can't hurt to try the low additive stuff.

I may actually have two different things going on

Isn't that just typical? Sadly many sources refuse to acknowledge that contact dermatitis and other skin allergies manifest in many different ways.