Last week, after a long, long wait, I finally had my patch testing for my suspected allergic contact dermatitis. I wanted to talk about my experience, as I did a lot of googling in the run up to it and couldn’t really find that much other than official ‘medical’ type documents. So, hopefully this will help anyone looking to know what to expect from patch testing (although hopefully not from the results, but we’ll come to that!)
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may be aware that I’ve been suffering with some sort of mystery dermatitis on my lips for some time (well over a year!) now. It appeared out of nowhere – suddenly they became red, cracked, sore and flakey. Not only painful and fairly unsightly, but making it pretty much impossible to wear lipstick for any extended amount of time as this just seemed to irritate the situation further.
Up to this point I’d already tried a lot – numerous GPs appointments and mistaken diagnoses of vitamin deficiency or possible inflammatory disease, giving up dairy (which seemed to work at first but soon made no difference what so ever), and an appointment with an immunologist for pinprick testing to check for histamine type allergies (the instant type reactions you get to say, peanuts) which all came back clear. A referral to a dermatologist (finally!) followed, where she basically banned me from all skincare products (which was unfortunately timed very close to me injuring my eye and having an eye makeup ban, causing me to write probably the most emotional post I’ve ever put up on this blog.) [Read more…]