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  • Submitted: Wed, August 15, 2012
  • Updated: Mon, November 26, 2012

  • Reported By: Dr B — Pittsburgh Pennsylvania United States of America
UPMC
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States of America

UPMC University of Pittsburgh Mecical Center "You have allergies to Gold, perfume, soap and your own money!" says the UPMC Dermatology Dept. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

*Consumer Comment: Have You Tossed Things With Perfuming Agents?

*Author of original report: Increasing skin irritation (2ndary to MVA) ???

*Consumer Suggestion: Doesn't Sound Like Shingles

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I'm a sixty year old white man. After getting a skin irritation on my right inner elbow in September 2011, my MD and I thought I had a poison ivy reaction from mowing the lawn.  After six months of the disease progressing to the other arm, neck and left leg, my MD refered me to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Dermatology Department. After multiple visits their MDs gave tests (valued at $2300.00+)  on my low back which initiated more skin reactions on my low back, legs and genitalia.  Their conclusion was "You are allergic to the gold tooth in your mouth (That had been there for 35 years already), purfume and certain unique soaps."  After spending an enormous amount to the dentist to have the gold cap removed my supposed allergy got worse instead of better.  I then decided to investigate other possibilities on the internet.  Where I self diagnosed myself as having "Shingles", the same virus that 98% of the population gets as children as "Chicken Pox" and reoccurs as "Shingles" at a higher and higher rate as the population grows older. I still have it (although better than before because my MD has given me treatment for that virus).  But I had refused to pay the multi-million dollar corporation UPMC for their misdiagnosis and their services.  They turned my debts which Medicare didn't pay over to Delaware collection agency, who are still harassing me! UPMC does not respond  their patients  filing complaints via the internet directly. Instead they get nice young woman on the phone who supposedly will send you the proper UPMC complaint form (Which I still havent after two months).  Their nightly commercials on TV and radion only continue to irritate me and probably my shongles! yours truly, Dr B, BS, DC

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#1 Consumer Comment

Have You Tossed Things With Perfuming Agents?

AUTHOR: Do-do - (USA)

I developed my allergy to perfumes in my 40''s.  If I walk into a department store and the blast of air directed out the door, includes the volatiles from the perfume counter, I will almost always, about a day later, develop a burning sensation, and glowing red rash across my face and forehead that lasts for a couple days.  If i wash a pair of jeans in Gain detergent, then put them on, I will get an intensely itchy line (hives) anywhere where the seams contact my skin...in about a half an hour. If I take an antihistamine (long acting like Clarinex) it will prevent these reactions.  I almost never have these reactions since I began only using non perfumed agents.  Incidently, I had an allergist do skin testing and the reaction to pachuli (sp?) was intense.

But there are other causes for widespread itching (urticaria) including liver disease, renal failure, scabies (although not typically involving the scalp) or other skin parasites (lice) - the dermatologist should have diagnosed those things..also systemic infectious diseases usually viral although itching there is usually transient or, rarely, systemic mastocytosis (skin lesions are usually pigmented and there is dermatographia) or some types of porphyria and occasionally seen in hemolytic syndromes.  I'd start out with liver and kidney function studies and a CBC with diff and peripheral smear exam if a perfume free environment isn't changing anything.  
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#2 Author of original report

Increasing skin irritation (2ndary to MVA) ???

AUTHOR: Dr B - (United States of America)

Misdiagnosis; or side effect of aging and inefficient malfunctioning immune system? In October, 2012, I was involved in a minor car accident which significantly sprained my thoracic and cervical spine. Since then the questionable  "shingles" symptoms have increased from covering 15-25% of my skin to approximately 65% of my skin (scalp, chest, arms, legs and mid & low back (initiated by UPMC's dermatology tests?))!  The sleep alterations with the constant urge to itch has me finally understanding why growing old is  really painful.  This doctor is a lousy patient, who wants answers.  A reoccurring sub cutaneous virus? Such a supposedly simple answer to such a painfully irritating condition.  Or next I'll be told by "profiteers", "Its a newly developed allergy- to the air you are breathing."
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Doesn't Sound Like Shingles

AUTHOR: Do-do - (U.S.A.)

Shingles is always (95% of the time) on one side of the midline and usually involves contiguous dermatomes.  I've never heard of it occurring in the distribution you describe.  What you describe is more likely contact dermatitis - and if you reacted to perfumes in those tests, it's likely the culprit.  Perfumes are present in a lot of things, and soap and laundry detergents as well as fabric softeners are very commonly the cause of contact dermatitis.  Change the brands you use and get "perfume free" detergents etc.  Use plain Ivory soap and eschew any colonges or deoderants that have a lot of perfumy odor. Throw out the Febreeze if you are using it.  Eliminate anything else in your environment that has a perfumy odor.   Worth the try.  It is NOT shingles...I'd almost guarantee you that!
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