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Possible Freon burn
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Possible Freon burn

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     Back in August of 2007 I was having to put freon in my vehicle.  A few hours after putting some in, I noticed a red patch on my right forearm.  I figured some of the freon may have sprayed on my arm.  I kept putting anti-itch medicated cream on it.  It was circular in size, fitting about 4 nickels side by side in it and warm to the touch.  It looked like my arm touched an engine or pipe or something.  It was itchy.  It lasted about a month then dried up becoming scaly.  It then disappeared barely seeing the circular outline.  Right after the first of the year, it reappeared again.  Same spot, same thing but no freon involved.  I have not eaten or done anything out of the ordinary.  I thought maybe stress may have brought it on.  It looks terrible like I got burned all over again.  I began the anti-itch cream, Gold Bond, and that seem to help.  I have only had one other patch around my chin show up when I tend to get a bit stressed with college, kids, ect.  The doctor prescribed Minocycline (I think) for a yeast infection.  When that comes back I take the pills and it goes away.  Any insight for this would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.
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Freon is certainly capable of causing rather significant injury to the skin.  There are several phases through the normal process of wound healing and many of these phases may take up to a year to year and a half until the wound is totally closed and remodeled.  During that period of time patients can often experience itching in the healing area I can only suppose that this is the reason why you are using gold bond your wounds.   Keep in mind that these injuries are burns, though not caused by fire but caused by the freezing temperature of the Freon, they behave in the same fashion.  Often a person who is recovering from a burn will have a gene in the affected area for a protracted period of time.  Typically this itching responds well to oral antihistamines such as Benadryl, Allegra, or Zyrtec.  Furthermore, the damaged area of skin has difficulties with auto regulating blood flow associated with increases or decreases in temperature.  This may be why you see any increase appearance of the area with various activities.
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