I am currently still in a rage - I call my major flares within my constant flare a RAGE - because that is what it feels like - like my body is a hot bloody rage over something! It started on Friday while at work - typically they last 3-5 days and are centered around my PMS time. I am now on day 4 and praying this ends soon! I keep thinking it can't get any worse - but it does. My legs are now a raw bleeding mess - waking up scratching them and my arms to pieces. My neck was doing better, but went back to a red hot mess with this rage. I can find no relief except in my music. Even that is on/off depending on how truly bad I am feeling at any given moment. Have cried every day since Friday. Can't seem to deal with this right now. I keep praying and praying for relief.
Anyway here is my debate - I am terrified of this getting infected. After tomorrow, I will not be going back to work for awhile until my skin clears some. I come into too many germs at work and I am wondering if this latest rage is from my body fighting an infection. I do not have a fever, but it still concerns me as I was not able to keep from scratching at work. I have a prescription for an antibiotic from my derm - he told me to use it whenever I felt I was overloaded with staph on my skin. I don't know for sure if my skin is infected or not - I don't have all the tell tale signs, but I have a few - which are part of TSW - so it is hard to tell. All I know is the swelling on my arms is so much worse - I can barely get my loose fitting shirts on because they are too tight on my arms. Bending my arms is painful because of all the swelling. I know that this is part of TSW, but again,I am also being exposed to a significantly large number of germs at work.
So I will ponder this some more and make a decision by tomorrow. Not happy about taking antibiotics, but then again if it helps even a little, then it will be worth it.