IamA 24 year old girl who constantly looks like I have severe chicken-pox! I have contact allergies to most things, from soaps through preservatives, fabrics, dyes, medical ointments, dust and even water. AMA!
My short bio: Not sure if this AMA will get any interest but people ask me about it in real life, so: I was hospitalised with severe eczema throughout my childhood, including several extended spells in hospital where the doctors basically experimented on me and used me as a teaching resource. The real high point of that was when I was made to soak in a tub of standard eczema treatment (Dermol 500) and it burned most of my skin off within ten minutes.
When I was fifteen I had a patch test which gave me both deep scars and a long list of things to avoid. I have also been told that I have an exceptionally high histamine level, although I cannot confirm the truth of that that since it was done when I was seven. Either way, despite taking lots of very strong antihistamines, if I am scratched, bitten, or brush up against a leaf, leather armchair, kitten or whatever, then my skin will swell up instantly.
My current 'treatment' takes around 4 hours a day, and leaves me with skin looking like you can see in my proof.
My Proof: Apologies for the rather blurry shot, it's surprisingly difficult to get one's own feet to pose.
EDIT: I won't be closing this thread; I'll be going to sleep in half an hour but will answer more questions tomorrow if you have them!
EDIT 2: Still not closing the thread, but I've got to get some groceries, so I'll answer more questions when I get back if you have them. Cheers for the interest, guys!
EDIT 3: Well, I'm going to bed and I'm back to work tomorrow, so if you have any more questions I'll try to either answer them tomorrow morning when I'm getting up, or when I get home in the evening. Thanks to everyone who's already asked, it's been really interesting for me seeing what people are curious about, and nice hearing your stories! Goodnight.
FINAL EDIT: Okay, I'm officially closing this thread now. Thanks guys, it's been fun meeting you all! If you have any further questions feel free to send me a message.