Day 39 was a trip. Got owned by my first real flare. The first 12-13 days of TSW weren’t very torturous because the rash had not yet spread to my ENTIRE body and I was mainly just fixing my scabbed up face. When day 13 rolled around, the itchy red rash spread to my neck, upper chest area, both arms, armpit (small patch), stomach and inner thighs. Days 13 – 38 was an absolute nightmare. I’m talking about blood red rashes with blisters on them. They would burst under the extremely hot water I showered under and I would have to carefully pat dry with paper towels before wrapping myself with a bath towel. This is because of the water from the blisters. Disgusting right? Not to mention the pins and needles feeling I would get throughout the day. Downright uncomfortable.
I started seeing an acupuncturist on Oct 21st. After a few sessions, my rashes were no longer blood red. They turned light brownish. I wasn’t as itchy and could sleep for 4 hrs/day over 2-3 wakeups. Things are still uncomfortable but much more bearable.
Yesterday, I woke up to an itchy sensation all over my body and my face felt itchy and blister-y. Today is even worse. Couldn’t sleep. Showering under hot water (I know it dries the skin) would normally stop the itchiness, but I did so today and it made me scratch even more. Can’t even shower to escape the itchiness. Curse the heatiness, dampness and wind in my body. Ugh.