In comparison to how well I've been doing recently, I did, however, have a bit of a rough week this past week. The itching, which had been fairly moderate recently, came back with a vengeance this past Monday and is still going. Despite the itching, my skin looked pretty good for most of the week but really took a turn for the worse on Friday and Saturday (yesterday). My neck/chest area has broken out in the same little bumps that I've experienced in varying degrees all along. This time, however, the pus wasn't the same clear liquid that I had before.... it's more of a solid (like acne). Gross. WHY?!
Yesterday was possibly the worst day to look & feel so awful--I had a gig playing piano for a Purim celebration down the street. I was front-and-center before the eyes of hundreds of strangers. Ooooph. I covered my neck with a big scarf to make my rash less visible and that helped me feel more comfortable, emotionally.
Here's a few pictures from yesterday before I left for the gig:
Still trying to dress well despite the skin.
When I got home, I immediately started a Dead Sea Salt bath and hopped in the tub. It felt so soothing after a long day.
So far today, I'm hanging in there. I'm fasting this morning-afternoon to see if it helps my skin at all. I also drank some edible clay to help detox a little bit. Hoping these things will help relieve my current symptoms somewhat. It's good for the body, anyway, so it's a healthy thing to do regardless.
This really makes me wonder about flares. Is it just a natural cycle that happens regardless of anything? Is it food related? Is it related to the menstrual cycle at all? These are questions that everyone undergoing TSW deals with. Why are there no real answers yet?!
At any rate, I'm still very happy to be off of steroids. At least now I can try to listen to my body's natural signals and figure out what it needs on my own. Just hoping that this current thing settles back down a little bit.