The rash appeared suddenly. It was located on the left side of the lower part of my abdomen. I wasn’t sure what had brought it on, but I knew what it wasn’t. As a nurse with over two decades of experience, more than half of which had been spent working with kids who have all kinds of skin ailments, this rash was completely unfamiliar to me.
I did my mental checklist of common things that cause rashes and I couldn’t imagine what could have caused my rash. I hadn’t started using new laundry detergent. I didn’t have a latex allergy. I hadn’t started using new lotions, creams, soaps, etc. And I hadn’t had anything unusual to eat or drink. My rash was a mystery.
Medication for the Rash
I knew that it wasn’t hives and that it was not fungal. The red, raised bumps didn’t look like anything I had seen before. The rash didn’t itch and wasn’t painful, so I decided to wait and see if it would go away on its own.
A few days later, I still had the rash and it was spreading, so I decided to try taking antihistamines. In the past, I had taken antihistamines to effectively treat hives. Two days later, the rash wasn’t any better. It had continued to spread and was now all over my trunk, my back, and my chest. It was time to make an appointment with my doctor.
A Diagnosis for the Rash
After my doctor assessed the rash and asked me the usual questions about the history of it, he suggested I try taking antihistamines. I let him know I had already tried that and it hadn’t worked. He said the rash looked like pityriasis rosea and he gave me a prescription for stronger antihistamines and for some skin lotion.
My doctor told me to try the stronger antihistamine for two weeks. If I still had the rash after two weeks, or if the rash got worse, I would need to see a dermatologist. After two weeks, the rash was still there.
I went to the dermatologist and he confirmed that I probably had pityriasis rosea. The information the dermatologist gave me was not good. This type of rash usually had no known cause, was often chronic (meaning it would randomly come and go for the rest of my life), had no known cure, and usually lasted for several weeks or months.
The doctor told me to monitor the rash and to make another appointment with him if it had not gone away within a month. On the next visit I would need to have blood drawn and he would take a sample of the rash.
A Natural Cure for the Rash
The day after my visit with the dermatologist, I felt extremely exhausted, so I stayed home. While at home I ended up watching one of my favorite medical shows, the Dr. Oz show. As luck would have it, he was talking about people who had unhealthy intestines due to an overgrowth of yeast.
Realizing that I had a lot of the symptoms of yeast overgrowth (including a rash), I did the quick, easy saliva test that Dr. Oz recommended. Sure enough, within a few minutes it was clear that I had an overgrowth of yeast.
For the next two weeks, I followed Dr. Oz’s recommendation to combat yeast overgrowth. I drastically cut back on my sugar and starch intake. After the first week the rash was half gone and by the end of the second week it was completely gone. It has been nine months since my rash disappeared. I have continued to monitor my sugar and starch intake and the rash has not returned.
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