Allergies and Eczema

I have known that I have severe eczema all my life, so I have dealt with eczema flairs. I have had allergies as well. I am used to avoiding certain foods and products and asking if things contain my allergens. I switched to a new school. My new school did not allow open shoes, such as flip flops. So I mostly wore tennis shoes. In my sophomore year of high school my feet started itching really badly, I would get home and just claw my feet. My doctor put me on high doses of prednisone. My feet just would not get better. It got to the point that my feet were so infected and swollen that I could not even put on closed in shoes. My school allowed me to wear flip flops. Doing anything on my feet was unbelievably painful. I went to a dermatologist, and she did a patch test, which showed that I was severely allergic to propylene glycol. All of my makeup, soap, shampoo, lotions, etc. contained it. It had gotten to the point that my primary doctor and dermatologist were afraid I was going to lose my feet to infection. It was my Junior year of high school before my feet were able to completely heal. I am now 24 and I still have the scars on my feet. I still deal with flairs. Now I avoid propylene glycol in as much stuff as I can. I want to educate as many people as I can about the severe eczema and propylene glycol.
— anonymous Allergista reader

For about five minutes, I've been trying to figure out how to begin my response and all I can think is "WOW". You caught it right in time! This is definitely one of, if not THE most severe propylene glycol story I've heard. Bravo to your doctor for doing that patch test. Without it, you probably would have lost your feet! I can't recommend getting extensive patch testing ENOUGH (EVERYBODY, DO IT). It changed my world as well. Without it, it's scary to think what type of shape either of us would be in!

You've come out of this a stronger and more knowledgeable person and let your scars be a reminder of that. Cheers to your future and thank you for sharing your story!

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