I went to sleep Sunday morning. I woke up with my left wrist itching, my toes itching (especially my left foot toes) and my right arm (where my PICC used to be in 2008) itching. I looked at my wrist first. It was a very odd looking rash. There was a semi rectangular shaped puffy area that was slightly pink from scratching in the middle of the night. Then there was a clearing around that – and the clearing was surrounded by circular shaped bumps. My immediate thought was that I was bit by a mosquito or had some kind of contact dermatitis.
I wear my watch all of the time truth be told. The only time I remove it is when I wash dishes or take a shower/bath. I thought maybe something had gotten on the inside of the watch and caused the irritation even though where the main part of the “rash” – wasn’t where my watch hit. So – painfully, I removed my watch. I look at my watch A LOT. I’m constantly looking at it for either the time or the date. I got some sterile gauze out of the first aid kit and pulled out my supply of cream. I looked at the rash a while before washing it and putting on some hydro-cortisone cream on it. I covered it with sterile gauze and used my Mefix to cover the gauze. The last thing I needed were blisters from a band-aid.
I was so busy with my wrist that I didn’t look at my toes, but there was also a huge bump on where my picc line used to be. Obviously my histamine reactions were working double time. I went to the doctor’s for my PICC dressing change and showed my wrist. She didn’t seem too concerned (I wasn’t concerned either), but told me that I should probably remove my watch for a couple of days. I alternated between using anti-fungal cream and anti-bacterial cream. I didn’t know (still don’t) what it was, but wanted to cover all my bases. Sometimes I left it open to air and sometimes I used the sterile gauze Mefix method.
I realized by Wednesday that my toes were really itchy. I began to investigate and saw blisters on the side of my toes. I wasn’t s ure what it was, but used some anti-fungal cream on them (it helps with the itching). I showed my wrist again to the lady that changed my dressing on Thursday and told her about my toes. My wrist was even worse. She went to speak to my Lyme doctor to tell him about the two issues and he came out later to look at them. He thought it might be a reaction to one of the meds I’m on this week, but the rashes showed up before I started taking them. However, the medicines might be exacerbating the issue. We also are concerned for yeast. So he asked me to stop the one med so I could begin a 3 day regiment of Diflucan. For documentation and for those that are curious, here is a photo of the rash on day 4 of the rash. The tiny spotted rashes were there on Monday – but not there at my appointment. They reappeared on Wednesday