The following is a post by Ahmed, 25 Years old, Cairo.
I posted some comments here and there on this site, but I thought I should explain how it started with me and all its signs.
First I wanna make it clear that my grandpa and mother both had it, and I started to have it by the age of 14. It started when I was taking a shower, and after the shower it comes very strong and lasts for like 15 to 30 minutes.
I kept scratching my body like crazy and it would turn a red color. Then it developed and started to come out when I sweat, and If I scratch my body during sweat, it would come very strong. My body not only got red, but also I would get some blisters on my chest that later turn to dead skin and fell off (or I could easily remove it).
Then it developed more so when I experienced any temperature change or if my clothes touched my skin in a scratchy way. If I changed my clothes, or if some one touch me–like when a friend put his hand on my shoulder–it would also come out. And of course, with sweat it gets more faster and painful or any liquids in general. I also can rub off a lot of dead skin after showering.
So day after day for almost 11 years now and it hasn’t come to an end. So adding to the other health problem I have, it is almost impossible for me to go out of the house for any kind of reason (specially in summer). I can’t work! I can’t get married! … I can’t … I can’t … I can’t…
So some people said it will end at certain age by itself, so I was asking what If it didn’t?! How could we live , work, get married, or have a life!
I am not complaining, but I feel kind of lost. I was hoping to share this to get any information or tips about how every one is living his life and How we could go on?!
Sorry for the long speech…
Hope it gets better for everyone..