This past Nov. my chin and nose areas started to look red and had lots of red dots. The doctor wasn't sure what I had, so he gave me some steroid cream which didn't do too much. I saw my sleep disorder doctor who thot it was rosacea and gave me some gel which really stung. I endured for hours and by the next day was begging for an appointment with my regular doctor. Then he guessed impetigo and gave me anti-bacterial cream and pills to add to the corticosteroid one. The cream didn't hurt and it seemed to go away a bit.
The problem is that impetigo is contagious. I don't want to contaminate the whole universe by giving it to every random person I meet, right?
Well, aren't we all in luck! I know how to deal with contamination issues. After all I have OCD!
Contamination is right up my ally. I just have to wash my hands every time I touch my face. OK. I know how to do that AND I am conscientious enuf to actually follow thru. After all, this is a REAL contamination situation, not imaginary germs. I can handle this.
So now along with my facial problems, I also have really dry hands from washing them so often. I try hard not to touch my face by my nose and mouth. Amazing how often my face itches! Ever try scratching your mouth area without touching it? If you stick your tongue under your lip and stretch it, with any luck the itch goes away. Good thing I don't have a job where I'm dealing with people because I sure make some weird faces. My dogs haven't complained- yet. I wonder what all the people on the cruise ship are going to think about these weird facial contortions, tho?
Actually, I don't want to have this problem when I go on vacation next week. So tonight I started looking on the internet for alternative skin conditions. I found one that fits what's been going on with me- perioral dermatitis. Rash around the mouth. Not contagious, gets exacerbated by topical steroid creams but does respond to erythromycin which is what I have been taking, on and off, 3 times now. They're not sure what causes this but do say being out in the cold is one. This year I've been taking the dogs outside for a walk/play nearly every day for over a half hour at a time!
Normally I'm not really a outdoor-in-40-below kind of girl. I' m more a 'sit-by-the-window-reading-a- book-feeling-sorry-for-all-those-who-have-to-go-out person. But I will do for my dogs what I won't do for me. I will be mentioning this to my doctor when I go again Friday morning. I will also be stopping that steroid cream!
Is this the universe's idea of a funny joke?