What the Heck Happened to Spring?

Yes, we had an odd snowfall in March (5″). Winter lingered. The DC metro area had a total of 7 different snow events. The cold weather has felt so good on my skin. Suddenly, yesterday, the high temperature for the day was 81. What! Where the heck did my spring go? Ugh! Where are the … Continue reading

Autoimmune Urticiaria

From the Indian Journal of Dermatology shared on NIH CHRONIC AUTOIMMUNE URTICARIA: WHERE WE STAND? C L Goh and K T Tan Author information ► Article notes ► Copyright and License information ► Chronic urticaria (CU) is defined as urticaria persisting daily or almost daily for more than six weeks. It causes severe impairment on the quality of life.[1] CU includes physical … Continue reading

Urticaria & Angioedema Algorithm From Goldman’s Cecil Medicine

The Best Algorithm Goldman’s Cecil Medicine: 24th Edition, Volume 2; ISBN 978-1-4377-1604-7; Copyright 2012 Chapter 260, Page 163 Diagnosis algorithm for primary cutaneous vasculitis (KAWAKAMI algorithm). ANCA, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody; Ig, immunoglobulin; MPO, myeloperoxidase; PR3, proteinase 3; SLE, systemic lupus erythematosus.

Ruby Red Slippers, They Ain’t!

But, They Certainly Will Do! This photo may mean nothing to you, but it means the world to me. This is the 3rd time in 8 days I’ve worn something other than Crocs! Yes! I can’t tell you how many months it’s been since I’ve gotten to wear “normal” shoes in public for more than … Continue reading

The Temps Are Rising, Why Does My Mood Go Down?

Cholinergic Urticaria As you may know, my doctors disagree with each other on whether I have Sweet’s Syndrome or Urticarial Vasculitis. Regardless of the official diagnosis, urticaria is absolutely a major part of this auto-immune disease that’s brewing inside. As I look at the WeatherBug on my phone, I see the temps are now creeping into … Continue reading

The End of the Madness? Welcome, Rhoda!

After a horrible injection site reaction in my arm, I get to stop the nightly bee stings! The last one felt like a constant bee sting that covered the area from my underarms to my elbow–more like a bee with a javelin-sized stinger. The evolution was impressive, I must admit. The shot was given at … Continue reading

Schnitzler Syndrome: Another Form of Neutrophilic Dermatosis

Schnitzler Syndrome is another disease that presents with urticaria and similar to Sweet’s Syndrome and my own presentation. I’m sharing information about this one too because it is also very rare. I do not know by numbers if it is as rare as Sweet’s. For more information from this source, go to: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3018454/ The Schnitzler syndrome … Continue reading

Behcet’s Syndrome: Another Form of Neutrophilic Dermatosis

NORD’s information on Behcet’s Synonymos of Behcet’s Syndrome Adamantiades-Behcet’s syndrome BD Behcet’s disease Disorder Subdivisions Neuro-Behcet Ocular-Behcet Vasculo-Behcet General Discussion Behcet’s syndrome is a rare multisystem inflammatory disorder characterized by ulcers affecting the mouth and genitals, various skin lesions, and abnormalities affecting the eyes. Symptoms include mucous membrane lesions of the mouth (canker sores) and … Continue reading