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Diagnosed with Allergic Contact Dermatitis

I am a healthy 74 year old woman who woke up with a very itchy rash a few days ago. It started on my shoulder and upper arm. I have a few spots on one breast.

Two years ago I was treated for Lichen Sclerosis. I called my dermatologist and was told I could see her after Christmas. I don't think so. I actually consulted an online dermatologist. I sent photos. He was almost sure I have ACD, and prescribed Clobetasol.
My rash seems to have spread some, and this overthinker is wondering why. (I checked him out - very reputable)

I am almost sure I got it from a mesh soap bag I was given as a gift. I used it several months ago one time and let it hang in the shower. Several days ago, for some reason, I used it again. I even remember concentrating on my under arm to make more bubbles. And boom! The rash occurred. How stupid of me to use it after all that time. Soap will not kill bacteria, fungus, etc.

Does this resonate with anyone? I have no idea what to expect as far as duration. I want to dig my nails into my skin, but I know that's the worst thing to do.

Do I change soap? Detergent? It does not seem necessary, because this never happened before with these products.
Any ideas will be appreciated.

Thanks much!

  1. You may want to use Vanicream body wash or the soap which is free of all chemicals. My allergist/immunologist recommended it for my atopic dermatitis and I have been using it for 6 months and like it. You may also use the vanicream body lotion (free of all chemicals and fragrances) right after your shower or bath to keep your skin moist. Good luck!

    1. Hi Peggy, sorry to hear you are struggling with your eczema. Sounds like those washing products are definitely a trigger. But, I am no expert so it might be worth washing with a good ointment/moisturizer for a few months and seeing how you get on with that. Hope things improve for you! Pete, Moderator.

      1. Could it be fungal?

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