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If it's not one thing it's another

An age ago, when I was in my teens, I suffered from the condition known as pityriasis versicolor on my upper body. Although it's a fairly harmless, non-infectious disease, it caused me no end of embarrassment while I was at that crucial age between 15 and 20 years old -- not only were my chest and shoulders a funny colour, but the cure involved the liberal and oft-repeated application of a strong-smelling selenium sulfide shampoo on the affected areas.

In the end though, I was cured; but I never forgot how awful it made me feel to have something wrong with my skin, and have people stare at me. So when last week I noticed the tell-tale discolourations and flakings appear on my eyelids, I knew that I had to act. I rushed out and got the selenium sulfide, and daubed it on the spots. That was two days ago. I can now open my eyes a crack and see that I've made things a lot worse. The burning sensation is slowly subsiding, but my eyelids are red, puffy and inflamed, and still flaking. I look like a scarecrow, and I've got an interview on Tuesday...

I'll make another doctor's appointment, but by golly! lately, if it's not one thing it's another. :(



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Sep. 30th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
Yike! I'm glad you're seeing the doc, but what a drag to be going to an interview with something going on with your skin. (And I had a thing that was diagnosed by one doc as pityriasis rosea -- though another doc said it was something else -- and I'm with you on the no fun. If I remember right I had it in the winter where I could hide it well. It itched so badly I was crazy from it.)

I hope it gets better soon! And that it's at least looking a lot better by Tuesday.
Sep. 30th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you; I hope so too. Of all the things to happen to a person when they want to make a good first impression, a facial rash isn't helping them to feel most at ease and confident. Though in hindsight, I believe I would have been better off leaving it as it was, or try to cover up with makeup, than to self-medicate. I overdosed on the shampoo, and now I'm paying the price for it (and of all the things to OD on, this has got to be the lamest of the lame).
Sep. 30th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds so uncomfortable for you! :;hugs you gently:: Hope the doctor can suggest something to make you feel better.
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds so uncomfortable for you!

It is! I'd forgotten how much that stuff stings, or that I had to wash it off after 10 minutes...For now, a cold wet flannel works best, though.

Thaks for the well-wishes. I'm sure I'll be fine.
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Gosh I hope the swelling from the self-medicating has gone down by the time you have your interview so that you can cover it with make-up.

And then get something to make it feel better and go away properly.
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
If this whole experience has taught me a lesson, it is never to self-medicate; not even when I think I know the answer. It seems that in all the intervening years, I've forgotten how to use the shampoo most effectively...and of course, I ought to have remembered that skin is thinner on the eyelids. Hopefully though, things will start to look better in a day or two.
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Sep. 30th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I wish I'd stopped to think, but clearly, I didn't...and I've only got myself to blame. Still, your sympathy is much appreciated.
Sep. 30th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oh dear ... OUCH.

It should calm down enough in time for the interview I hope. I've had allergy reactions before that caused my eye area to be inflamed and crusty ... it really is a delicate area!

Get better soon! ::hugs::
Sep. 30th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
'Ouch' is certainly the right word to use under the circumstances. Thanks for your well-wishes!
Sep. 30th, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
Sounds awful, but maybe it will be okay by the time you get to the interview? Dare I suggest some over-the-counter antihistamines may help? (I don't think they can cause harm, anyway)

At least if you go to the doctor, he may be able to give you some useful advice. It may not be what you think it is, anyway. *hugs*

If the worst happens, you can explain to them it's an allergic reaction to a new product (you don't have to say what), and you don't normally look like that!
Oct. 1st, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
Thanks! I never thought of the 'allergic reaction to a new product' excuse/explanation...it's a good one, I might use it!
Sep. 30th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, no! I'm so sorry! *hugs* I had really bad acne on my face when I was younger, so I know the kind of embarrassment that comes from skin problems.
Oct. 1st, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
The girls locker room at school was the one place I wanted to avoid as much as possible in those says, and my truancy sky rocketed at PE time. Igot quite inventives at thinking up excuses as to why I could not participate in the school's sporting events.
Oct. 1st, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
Ach! You're smart to be so proactive.

I was plagued by skin problems when I was a teen, more prosaic than yours, however.
Oct. 1st, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
Well, obviously since I made things worse, I wasn't that smart...but I know what you mean. Thanks.
Oct. 1st, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
Oh no! Sorry to hear that, I'm with you though, I constantly self medicate, clearly considering myself a much better doctor than a trained professional! Hope things have cleared up by Tuesday!! And that things move along better from now on xx
Oct. 1st, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
Hope things have cleared up by Tuesday!!

Thank you! Since no one brought it up today, I'm thinking that it may not be as bad as I feared it might be -- though I did wear a lot of makeup today (a lot for me, anyway...I never normally bother with foundation).
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