Idiopathic Chronic dermatitis

Scott tscottd at home.com
Tue Jun 15 22:54:22 EST 1999

Thank you for your help, but I too have undergone several eries of "prick"
tests.  SubQ and intradermal.  No significant results ever came of it.  And all
latex antigens produced negative results.

scholzfam5 at mindspring.com wrote:

> Hi Scott,
> Well, the only thing I can tell you about the allergy testing, is, is that
> when your RAST test for latex came back negative it could have been wrong.
> My son was tested RAST for latex and it was negative, but then our
> allergist, who is world known, said she wanted to test him with the prick
> test.  BOOM, he was positive.  She said the skin test is more sensitive than
> rast testing.  Just make sure when you test that you don't have any
> antihystimines for at least 3-4 days prior, they can give false negatives.
> Secondly, the creams you reffered to can have long lasting damaging effects.
> First of all you can develop a sensitivity/allergy to them.  Secondly, using
> thim for more than a couple of weeks can cause thinning of the skin which in
> turn will cause more scaring and also diminish the skins protective
> abilities.  I learned this information from our second dermatologist for my
> son after his first one had him on 7 different steroid creams/ointments and
> also betamethazone solution.  The integraty of his skin has been compromised
> so much that he can get a simple tiny scratch infected.  And he has scars
> from all the rashes he has had too.  So PLEASE, be careful.
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> Scott wrote in message <3765E48C.B20BB2DB at home.com>...
> >I have had for nearly 3 years a moderate to severe dermatitis on both
> >hands.  Only the palmar surface of the fingers are affected, with
> >occasional spreading to the palms.  Tiny blisters form that rupture
> >through the skin and create tiny open sores that heel slowly.  At times
> >my hands have become lichonified with thick, irritable skin.  The onset
> >of this dermatitis did not accompany any changes in my life or home.  No
> >detergents, soaps, clothing, furniture, etc. were changed either.
> >    I have been worked up by an immunologist who told me that he did not
> >know what the cause was treated me empirically with a steroid cream.  I
> >was tested for every allergen that he ( the immunologist) suspected.
> >Now, I am a medical student and the obvious suspect is latex.  However,
> >I have tested negative for a latex RAST, and the symptoms seem to be
> >independent of glove type, size, latex v. non latex, powdered v non
> >powdered, etc...  It does not seem to matter if have been wearing gloves
> >alot or not.
> >
> >QUESTION #1    Does anyone have any ideas as to what may be causing
> >this?  Or has anyone seen someone with some kind of hypersensitivity
> >that is limited to only a portion of the hands?
> >
> >Question#2  What are the possible side effects of long-term
> >corticosteroid cream (fluocinonide 0.1%) application to the hands, as it
> >seems I may be forced to use this for years to come?
> >
> >Thank you for your help
> >Scott
> >

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