Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A Finger Flare??

For the last year or so since my skin became all normal, I have had a few dry itchy patches here and there on my body - mostly a few spots on forearm and hands.  Well I've had a patch of regular eczema like skin on my pinky finger of my right hand.  Nothing major or bothersome.  But since my 3rd year anniversary of TSW last month, this patch has turned into a flare - swollen and oozing!  I have not oozed in about 2 years!!!!   Seeing ooze on the gauze was very discouraging for all of 10 seconds.  I am treating it like I did my previous hand flares - with silvadene and an antibiotic ointment.  It hasn't spread nor gotten any worse, but neither is it getting better.  I wish my camera was easier to access right now.  I'll take a picture when I find it.

In all honesty it's really not a big deal - it is on the top and right side of the finger only and goes from the nail bed to the larger knuckle.  So about 1 inch by 1.25 inches at most.  The only problem I have is it stings when I do dishes and I often have a lot of dishes on a regular basis - kids help out 80% of the time so I can't complain.  I think I was in denial the first week I saw the ooze.  Now I'm just like: "If that's all my 3 year 'anniversary flare' is going to amount to then bring it!!"

So many people with TSW complain of anniversary flares.  I can't wrap my head around how this can be from a medical point of view.  I have heard all the arguments and theories on why these occur but none of them make sense.  But it is what it is!  I'm just very thankful mine is so isolated!!!

That is all I have to report!  Going away soon on a trip!  More on that soon!  Hope y'all are finding some peace and pain free days!

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