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    Eczema like condition raised welts,swelling,itchy,
    audiosapien posted:
    Hello all. I am posting for a friend who is suffering terribly with recurring itchy, rash on face,arms,legs. I took pictures but not sure how to upload.
    This has been going on since 2013 when she moved from California mountains to Taos New Mexico.
    She had eczema as a child ( as did her dad),then in 1999 went through a bad fire where she was badly burned and in burn unit. Oh,the childhood eczema appeared in the same places as this rash...arms,face,legs.
    After recovering from burns, she had no skin problems until 2013. Just before leaving California for Taos,she was exposed again to smoke,ash,high heat in desert from a huge forest fire in her community.
    She works at farming/landscaping and gardening professionally and is 67,otherwise extremely healthy.
    She is in contact with soil and also moved into an early 1979 earthship (building that is earthern,adobe etc...)...There are multiple possible triggers such as fungus,plant allergies( identified these such as cow parsnip) ,plants that lead to photo sensitivity...sun and heat are intolerable. Stress is a factor too.
    The problem is not as bad in winter,but never completely goes away.
    She is using any alternative methods possible...her diet is very healthy,mostly vegetarian and virtually all home grown organic including eggs. She is an herbalist and works with various salves. Oatmeal poultices,ice packs give some relief,but this condition is worsening and doctors here do not know and prescribe prednisone,which worked,but she doesn't want to take it all the time. The rash now looks different than last year. Now it is big raised welts on arms and legs like Hives. Last year was smaller,bumpy rash. Still is itchy and affecting sleep etc...
    Anything sound familiar here or any suggestions?

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