In the last post, I showed some more pictures of the hard water images, and also talked about scrubbing my skin with the exfoliating pad. I wanted to update about this whole experience.
Well, if you remember, I had this strange white build-up on my skin, which I believed to be hard water residue, along with dead skin cells and soap scum. So my wife helped me take another bath with distilled water, and also scrubbed me thoroughly.
In hindsight, I think we scrubbed a little too hard. We scrubbed my skin so hard to get off the residue, that afterward, my skin was itching me to death. I think I really irritated it. It wasn’t “Cholinergic Urticaria” type itching when hot, but just general itching.
It felt really uncomfortable, and if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t have scrubbed it that hard. In fact, it put me in a rather bad mood all day. I got in one of those, “I hate these hives, why me???” type of moods.
Anyway, I put on some of my generic lotion, which really doesn’t work well. It tends to not absorb into the skin, and didn’t really moisturize well. I decided that I needed something better.
So I did some research online for a really good brand of lotion or emollients. I know that lotion won’t cure cholinergic urticaria, but I am always on the lookout for anything safe that can lesson symptoms and make my skin feel better.
After some research, I found that a brand named “Eucerin” was a good brand. It even had one review of someone who uses it who apparently gets a prickly type hives as well. It had excellent reviews on Amazon.com. So I decided I would go to the local supermarket and pick up some. The stuff certainly isn’t cheap. It cost $7.99 for an 8 oz. bottle (while most other brands would cost only about $4-5).
What Was the Eucerin Lotion Like? Is it Worth It?
So I gave it a shot, since it really had great reviews. When I got home, I immediately put some on. It is very thick, kind of like an ointment rather than a lotion. It rubs into the skin very well, and felt as if it was really good stuff.
After I applied it, I could immediately sense that it was much better quality than my old generic lotion. I guess you get what you pay for, as this was more expensive.
The interesting thing is that it made my skin feel very moist and cool, which is great. Not only that, it has helped dramatically with my skin quality, and yes, even my hives (although it isn’t a cure).
Instead of my skin feeling all dry and “icky,” it feels moisturized and cool now (without feeling too greasy). Not only that, but it has pushed back my hives sensitivity dramatically. Instead of having an attack right away, it seems as if my heat threshold is much higher with this cream.
The reason I found this brand is because I was googling a good lotion to use with dry skin or eczema. As it turned out, some people even said this brand helped clear most of their dry flaky skin and eczema. It is a frequent referred brand by dermatologists.
So the moral of the story is this: I would recommend anyone with cholinergic urticaria to find a great skin moisturizer. This is one great brand that I would recommend 100%. It is kind of pricey, but to me it is worth its price. It won’t cure your hives (most likely), but it can make your skin so much more comfortable, and may lessen the reactiveness or threshold of your CU. But always follow doctors orders over any advice I give.
Update on Showers and Hard Water
I have still been on my regimen of taking showers only with distilled water. I also changed soaps to a moisturizing soap (by dove), which replaces my terrible drying dial soap. So this too with the lotion is helping my skin look and feel amazing.
I think the Eucerin company makes a cleanser for the body, and I may look in to that at some point, because they make great products. But as of right now, the dove sensitive skin soap is a great product too.
I plan to continue taking the distilled water baths. It feels so much better, and I can now do it with just 1 gallon of water. In fact, I have even considered doing this for a month or two more just to see if the soft water does anything (before buying a water softener). I only bathe about 2-3 times per week with this method.
So far, I still have had a few prickles, but my skin seems to be slowly improving, especially since applying the new lotion and newer soap. Only time will tell if I can completely overcome the hives by using purified water and lotion.
Well that about does it in terms of updating on the hives.