Itching, Burning, Swelling, Scratching, Welting, Glazing, Oozing, Picking… How am I going to get through the night without scratching my skin off?
Any fellow Rash Ragers out there? This was me a year and half ago – for 3 months. I had never experienced anything like before, so what was going on? Little did I know at the time, this angry, uncomfortable rash would become one of the biggest blessings in my life.
My journey to healing is here in a nutshell: after trying the usual OTC allergy products and wide array of anti-itch eczema creams with no real relief, I resorted to the heavy stuff per my primary care physician, an MD. I took a prescription steroid to calm the swelling and found that it worked! Ah, sweet relief from the relentless rashes… for one week, until they returned with a vengeance and now on other places on my body! This was not some low grade inflammation silently squeaking for my attention. This was full on RASH RAGE manifest on my face and neck – disfiguring my appearance and letting me and the world know something was wrong.
Scared and frustrated, I raced around western medicine block – first, visiting an Allergist, where patch testing showed no food or environmental allergies. Next, I visited a Dermatologist resulting in another prescription steroid to treat the symptoms. This helped at first and then turned into whack a mole with the rashes resurfacing on my scalp.
Still scared and frustrated, I turned towards “complementary” healers. I had a one-time visit with a highly skilled Nutritionist, who LISTENED to what I thought the catalyst of this condition was and also asked about my entire health history with the purpose of understanding the underlying cause. In this two hour session of talking about diet, lifestyle and doing extensive muscle testing, I learned that I was in fact highly allergic to certain, specific food groups and was suffering from intestinal permeability, aka leaky gut. Virtually every food I put into my body was not being digested properly and particles of food were escaping through small tiny fissures in my small intestine and being seen by my bloodstream as foreign invaders – manifesting as rashes on my skin. The genesis of all of this was manifold (overuse of antibiotics post 2nd pregnancy, stressful job, a tainted imported mushroom fungus, and overeating supposedly healthy whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Finding this compassionate healer, who validated my own intuition about what was going and provided resources to help heal the root cause of this, was a huge blessing and the beginning of my foundational healing.
As this healer was out of my area and hard for me to revisit, I worked in earnest from the Inside Out following the dietary resources he provided me and continued my own experimental research on restoring intestinal health. I treated myself from the Outside In with nature’s most powerful medicine, essential oils, and used helichrysum to “stitch” up the rash wounds, frankincense to calm the inflammation and peppermint to stop the itching.
I’ve learned when it comes to your health, Trust Your Intuition, Be Your Own Healthcare Quarterback and find the right healer for you. Most importantly, be Your Own Healer and implement what you know is right for your body. I was blessed with Rash Rage as my body screamed to me that something was wrong and forced me to make changes that ultimately have restored me to optimal health.