About a week and a half ago, I was sitting in the basement chatting with Hubs via Skype. He was in Singapore on business at the time. As I was chatting with him, my lower legs started itching. When I looked down, I had several small pinprick looking areas on my legs. Since I had killed a couple of spiders (ugh) in the basement, I thought perhaps I had been bitten by a spider. So, I told Hubs that we needed to spray the basement. He said okay, and we moved on to other topics… like how much we missed each other.
Over the following week or so, my lower legs would start to itch at bizarre times, and especially at night. And the spots seemed to get angrier.
A lot of things went through my mind…
My aunt gets shingles, so I wondered if it could be that. I quickly ruled it out, though, as shingles is usually one-sided pain, tingling, or burning. And the spots were on both legs.
We had visited my great aunt recently, and she had previously been treated for MRSA. Could I have contracted a topical bug somehow? I ruled that out, though, cause what I had did not look anything like the pictures I found on Dr. Google.
Could my husband have brought home bed bugs on his recent trip to Saudi Arabia? Again, Dr Google’s pictures didn’t look anything like my legs, and I launder our sheets like I should, and there hadn’t been any tale tell signs of bedbugs on our mattress cover.
Could I have been exposed to scabies somehow? The spots on my legs didn’t have the typical track marks of scabies, though, so I ruled that out as well.
That’s it, I decided, I must have contracted some funky virus that Dr. Google knew nothing about.
So, since my home remedies for itching had proved ineffective against the itch, I scheduled an appointment with a real doctor.
As I was telling the doctor all the things I thought, he chuckled, and commented that it was apparent that I practices as a nurse for many years prior to having children, because I think too much. LOL.
His diagnosis? Contact dermatitis likely from poison ivy exposure.
I am nearly 35 years old. I have NEVER had poison ivy! Which would explain why I hadn’t thought about it!
But, it makes sense… as I had visited our property in southern Illinois. We contracted to get it cleaned up as it is beyond overgrown from disuse.
So, now I am on a Medrol Dose Pack, and hoping it works. I hate taking steroids, but since the oral Benadryl, Benadryl Cream, Hydrocortisone Cream, and Calamine didn’t work… well, I guess I have to take them.
Note to self- don’t wear capri’s when walking around in overgrown brush!
Have you ever had poison ivy? How did you treat it?