@ERYTHRODERMA@

|Critical State and a Psychosomatic Factor|




Within the day I went to my parents' house with my mother by taxi.
Unstable skin condition, severe itch and pain, exhousted body unabled me to do any work or lead daily living by myself any more. I resigned me and my daughter to the care of my mother. That was the only way to survive. I completely dropped out of a normal social life.

I devoted myself to give my body a rest for early recovery.
Though hot spring bath had already finished, 2 times-a-day (not long-time) bathing was indispensable for me to calm searing pain, itch and dryness of my skin.
I could hardly walk; I spend all day lying or sitting.

My daughter, too, still had significant AD widely on her extremities and so on. She woke up 4 or 5 times a night crying from itch. We spend every sleepless night snuggling each other.

I set up a showerhead filter to remove chlorine from shower water which was said to increase dryness. It was more comfortable, but there was no significant improvement of my skin.

In spite of plenty of rest, my AD didn't recuperated except secondary added folliculitis and palmar pustules.
And finally a few months later, I found a fatally serious sign.
My arm was diffusely red. Not red papules or macula but diffuse basal erythema was appearing and spreading. Within a few months, it spreaded on and on to nearly whole body skin excluding head, face, palms and soles.
I knew it. It was "erythroderma" .....!

It is the severest phase of eczema (including AD) and some other skin diseases. The patients' skin diffesely change to red without leaving normal skin color. It usually accompanies quite a few scaling and in chronic cases, accompanies lichenous change as well.
Lichenous change is the peculiarity of chronic stage of eczema.

I had known the seriousness of the fact.
Chronic eczema is considerablly difficult to cure, and erythroderma is an extreme situation. I could remember no patient who had recovered from erythroderma due to chronic eczema in my experience as one delmatologist.

I found myself strayed into a long long labyrinth. Will I be able to reach a way out someday in my life? .....I didn't have the answer.
Losing my way, I would go to see a doctor and submit me to his order if I were not a delmatologist. But I rather thought this situation all the more impossible to cure by modern medicine.
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By the way, I detected one worsening factor of my symptoms untill that time.
It was a mental stress from the relation between my husband.

He kept staying our condominium to commute his workplace. He came to see us on weekends.
I and my mother couldn't help noticing that every his stay was followed by obious deterioration of my AD.

Interestingly, I had never noticed that I had been feeling stressful about him. Unconscious stressor more likely incur psychosomatic disorder.
I had been unhappy with him though I tried not to be conscious of it.

My husband and I got a divorce. It somewhat reduced the unstability of my symptoms.


......Two years and five months have passed since the aggravation.







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