On the 2nd December last year I licked a couple of Christmas card envelopes and had a severe allergic reaction to the latex used in the glue.
I'd licked envelopes before but I definitely never will again!
I ended up in hospital unable to breathe properly, bright maroon coloured, covered in big pus filled blisters, all swollen up, very sore and burning hot.
Today after five months and three weeks of treatment I've finally been told I don't need to attend the dermatology clinic any more...Yay!!
I've been going three times a week for photo therapy sessions which have worked wonders and made my skin look normal again. I still have patches of skin with a slight redness and three larger patches under my arms, and another on the back of my neck which can be quite sore and itchy but on the whole I look normal...though I'm not quite sure what 'normal' is for me mind...lol...
I'm showering daily with a special emollient cream which I will have to use forever and then rubbing it all over my body four times a day plus I have two different medicine creams for the sore patches, one to use in the morning and one to use at night. I'm still on a Telfast tablet and probably may never come of it but it's a small price to pay for the way I was.
Because latex is plant based its toxins can be linked to almost every fruit and vegetable there is and three weeks ago I had a slight flare-up again.
It mainly affected my eyes and face but didn't affect my breathing.
I can't pin down what it is that's doing it, could be more than one thing, but as it wasn't a bad reaction the dermatologist has decided that enough's enough and I'll just have to live with it.
I have been trying a different fruit or vegetable on a four day basis since the end of January but so far all the ones I like and eat the most of are fine but I do like to try different things so it'll be a gamble from now on, but I'm not going to let that stop me from enjoying my five a day.
Here are a few photos from the first week in January this year, bearing in mind this was a month after the envelopes were licked you can get an idea of the state I was in at the beginning.
The redness covered my whole body and was very hot and painful.
My left eye was badly infected and was actually shut for three weeks, the infection then went into my sinus cavities which was no joke I can tell you.
Altogether it was a good seven or eight weeks before I saw my skin beginning to return to a more normal hue.
Having it on my body was bad enough but having it on my face was horrible.
The old me...lol...
large scabs from the blisters
my eye as it was getting more open and less pus filled