Awhile back, I developed an itchy rash on my leg. It then spread to my love handles. I went to the doctor and was "diagnosed" with contact dermatitis. I removed the suspected irritant(s) from my life. The rash on my love handles eventually went away, but my legs progressively got worse. They began to itch so bad that my legs were scabbing. Now it's on my arm and has started appearing on my stomach. I was up late last night scratching and tossing and turning. So today, I finally went to a dermatologist.
I don't want to gross anyone out, so if you want to see what my leg looked like at the beginning of April 2012 click here to see a photo. I'm the only one in my house with this "ailment".
Unfortunately, the dermatologist seemed just as stumped as my physician, citing it could be a number of things. For a moment, I felt hopeless. Then the dermatologist offered to perform a biopsy of the rash to get an accurate assessment of the cause. She was nearly certain it wasn't contact dermatitis due to the fact that the rash still exists after removing the suspect irritant. Much to my surprise, they were willing to do the biopsy right then and there in house. Of course, I'd never had a biopsy for anything so I didn't know what the protocol was or what to expect.
Basically, she numbed my arm and then began doing whatever it is they do and finally stitching the area. To be honest, it was the "tug" of the stitches that got to me. I'm prone to becoming lightheaded and sometimes passing out during medical procedures. I did not watch the biopsy part, nor have I taken a gander at my stitches underneath the standard bandage. Not feelin' it. In fact, I may have to have someone else change my bandage each night. I don't do well with medical stuff. I have to cover my eyes during Grey's Anatomy.
I will find out the biopsy results in about a week. In the meantime, I've been given an antibiotic, anti-itch, sleep aid and topical steroids.