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I am a writer and artist with the soul of a swing-dancing Pony Express rider. Interests include consumerism, classic films, environmental issues, scent-free living, health, science, writing, and robots. My blog reflects exploration in word and image. I can’t promise how often I will or won't post. 2017 explores identity and boundaries beginning with nature vs. man.

What's Going On With My Skin—Allergic Eczema or Psoriasis?

Skin issues are not only embarrassing they hurt. We all have secrets. When it comes to eczema, psoriasis, or atopic dermatitis we need to put on our detective hat, notice our environment, then go to the dermatologist and share these details. Please note that I am not a doctor. For years I thought my elbow, hand, leg, and scalp battle was with psoriasis. It turned out to be general skin inflammation and allergic dermatitis. Personal care products containing fragrance and sodium laurel sulfate and dog proteins from their saliva, skin, and urine were the main culprits causing my grief.
So here's the deal with pet allergens, as told to me by my allergist, they stick around and can take about a year to break down. Long story short, the only prudent decision for me was to re-home my cat and dog and avoid places where pets go. Interacting with friends coated in pet allergens became tricky. I came up with the "hugging shirt" as a temporary layer over my clothes to get a hug in but then shed the hugging shirt and put it into a plastic bag.
When I lived in a third-floor walk-up apartment. The neighbor on the second floor used the same stairs to take his dog out. I had to stop wearing dresses and cover up my legs to prevent daily flares after using the stairs. No more sandals. Socks with boots became my new normal.

The point here is to offer a heads-up about the invisible stuff in our environments that can cause health issues. It's all about establishing a fresh routine supporting choices that reduce irritant exposure, so bare skin gets its time to shine.

Alice Childress said, "Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave, and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way."
Need some allergy-friendly tips? In this post, I discuss cleaning routines and changing into indoor clothes. I'm not one for wearing my shoes in the house because it creates more housework.

My fragrance-free blog posts might help with understanding this invisible world. Perhaps begin with this one. And, "How To Go Fragrance-Free, Part One: Squeaky Clean."

Here is a photo slideshow of psoriasis v eczema images at healthline.com.

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