Sticky Skin Has Worsened To Something Unimaginable!
I have had a condition for a year when my skin becomes sticky when it is wet, then becomes normal when it completely drys. All my doctors keeps sending me to other doctors who just basically tell me they think i'm crazy. even my whole family,when i explain my symptoms think it's all in my head. What is so upsetting about it is that I wear plastic gloves to keep whatever it is I've got from them. and I remove the gloves, my fingers actually stick together when I remove them until the skin dries. Now all my fingers, face, lips arms legs everything on my body feels as if there is a thin, film or something that noone else can see, visually but me. I know how my own skin feels normally. sometime it feels like I am actually wearing a mask something. There is some redness but mostly noone, including my doctors can observe anything. My dermotologist says hes never heard of such a thing, and when I told my family this, they think I'm making it all up! Yet I know I've got something i can't even explain to anyone anymore. So i just quit talkig to them about it. I have watched this thing spread from my underarms to my whole body then into my mouth and lips. My eyes also now have the same stickyness around them and now even inside the eye causing vision problems and ocassionally an inability to clear the film from my eyes. There is a severe burning sensation on my face now and believe it or not, I get strange flavors in my mouth, like an extreme salty taste, a bitter peppery taste and now even, if I had to discribe it to anyone , i'd have to call it a bitter, salty mud taste. There is a film in my mouth and teeth too. I can't stand this anymore, I feel like I am a complete freak. I've have strange chest pain and shortness of breath issues, which i think are completely related to my skin issue somehow, because the film I can feel this film down the back of my throat and my breathing worsens like a bad cold that will just not go away. but the doctors just say lose weight, and exercise. Which i'm doing, but Like thats going to help my skin problem. I cant find any answers. I now am on arsinal of vitamins and suppliments trying to find something, ANYTHING that might by chance correct whatever this is.. And I just keep watching it worsen.. It is so disheartening. i met a guy online who said hes had similar symptoms and that he spread it to his whole family through showing inn the same shower.. it seems the only way to make people understand what I've got, is if they had it too. Sure would like to find someone who an relate it ***** out here alone!
There is actually a syndrome called aquired cutaneous adherence, or sticky skin syndrome.
I´ts a known side effects to some medicines used to treat cancer and acne.
Google it to find out for yourselves.
I´ve had it to and i´ts not psychological.
Weird, frighening and hard to deal with though, since this is something new for you and for doctors..
Hard to find help.
sec6565, i´ve sent you a message with some relevant information.
I did have a look at this syndrome,your features are different.Unfortunately we tend to compartmentalize diseases.Having a dermal hallucination to the person is real.And surely before designating anything as psychological must rule out organic disease,but then mind related problems may manifest like real disease.You must make up our mind to get such an evaluation too.If there is a solution elsewhere, there you are wasting time too.
Thanks for your post. i've looked into this to sticky skin syndrome, will these symptoms seem simliar to mine. I have not taken any drugs that are known to been connected to the disorder ie ketoconazole and doxorubicin. My demratoligist prescribed ketoconazole cream and urea cream which seemed to have no effect it. the most recent plan of attack was Triamcinolone acetone. cream. to early to tell as to whether this is an effective treatment. thanks so much for the infomation
Thanks for the post. I understand the fact that the mind can manifest disease, but the progression of my symptoms lead me to believe the the problem is more systemic in nature. Other syptoms (symptoms) that have seemed to progress right along with the skin condition include swelling of feet, joint pain & stiffness (primarirly the knees) temporary shooting pains in the arms & ocassional ringing of the ears. The most bizarre thing about all this is that my doctor has never even taken a sample of my skin to test it for the possiblity of organic disease.
Hi my name is Mike and I know EXACTLEY what you are going through. I suffer from the exact symptoms, and my Dr. ran me around for the past 6 years with zero results. My Dr. told me that he had seen the same symptoms in people who were using illegal drugs, or had psych problems. I knew he was wrong and I kept digging to find the answer 2 months ago. I went to see an acupuncturist and within 30 minutes she had diagnosed and was treating me. Keep in mind I had all of your symptoms and what it boiled town to was a was an allergic reaction to fungus/mold. The way I understand it in Chinese medicine it the sticky feeling came from heat in the blood (not a fever) and the heat is trying to escape and it causes the sticky feeling. The severe burning sensation on my face was a result of a fungal infection that my Dr. never caught. I felt much better in less than a week. I hope this helps or points you in the right direction.
I also have developed sticky skin espcialy the palms of my hands. It has spread to the clothing I wear. If I take off my shirt and don't wash it for a couple days, it then becomes sticky and gummy on it's own. I agree with the theory that it is all related to mold.
Yep, it's *definitely* a reaction to mold in my case. I just finished watching the tv program series "The Doctors" and they discussed black mold and there were 30 symptoms and I have most of them. I have had a roof leak and this warm humid weather is feeding the mold. My mystery is solved. Now I have to get rid of the stuff because it's putting spores in the air and getting in my lungs and on my skin. No matter how often I wash my skin it quickly gets sticky again, and my nose runs and I cough along with constant fatigue.
i have also had sticky skin about 3yrs ago i moved to a house that still had lead pipes,a galvanised steel cold water tank/feed ,the water tank in the loft was uncovered & there was a hole in the roof sounds great i know,throughout the 2yrs & 8mths i lived there my palms,shoulders ect were sticky to touch when wet,& after washing my hair in baby shampoo it was like a birds nest & lots & lots fell out, when normally its very straight & fine,my gp gave me ketoconizole & other potions ect,i had also been to a dermatologist for facial acne (seperate issue) & he prescirbed spironlactone bp they didnt work either,my sticky dry eyes also started around 3yrs ago,I moved again 1yr ago skin felt a little better but eyes are getting worse,instead of sticky skin i now have sore white bumps randomly on skin scalp ect,ive given up hope for myself,i think the only way will be if i died in unexplained circumstances ie post mortom,or if i win the lotto,if you do get answers please let me know & good luck
I have the same condition - it just started. From what I read here it sounds like it will probably get progressively worse. I wonder if it's a side effect of a medication I'm taking, but it's not listed as a side effect in anything available to read. But I know they don't always list all the side effects. It's very scary because no one seems to know what it is. I'm sure it's not psychological - they say that when they don't know.
The Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) published a report on High Dose Ketoconazole Plus Hydrocortisone (HDK+HC) which lists Sticky Skin Syndrome or Acquired cutaneous adherence as a potential side effect of HDK.
Along with sticky skin and chronic eye swelling I now have a problem with my eyelashes folding back up under my eyelids.It of coarse is ugly and very painful.I also have a build up on top of my skin which looks like aging .I can peel this off.A substance seems to come from my scalp that hardens and looks like skin but is pale when it is wet.This is on my entire body but is particularly disturbing on my face and eye area.I had noticed also that it turns dark every few days.If this fungus is causing build-upon top of my skin I can imagine it is the reason for my shortness of breath.It is also building up inside.I am going to Mayo diagnostic clinic next month.I am confident that they will find what so many others have been to complacent to diagnose.I will of coarse come back here with an answer,Meanwhile cut down on suger, fat ,wheat,nuts and so on and stick to fresh vegetables .Fungus feeds on these things.Dr Bonners Pepperment soap and hot baths or showers.Vicks Vapor rub,baby powder will make it easier to manage.Try mold sprays and clean air ducks with good filters.
I have been having sticky skin for a month now. I have abolutely no idea how or why it started. It freaked me out a bit initially but now I have forced myself to accept it and try not to let it psyche me out.
When my skin is wet, it gets a rubbrish texture. Once dry then it feels normal. If I rest my hands on a table, then due to sweat the skin texture again changes and starts sticking to the surfaces. My feet stick to any slippers I wear, my palms stick to most things I hold. I am now trying to find a solution to stop it from deteoriating further and hopefully improve.
Now, after reading through the experiences of a lot of people on the internet, one thing has become apparent, allopathic doctors dont seem to know much about this condition. Also, my assessment is that this is not something 'on' the skin, this is rather something generated 'by' the skin (body). My analysis is that this is something that is the result of some sort of imbalance (maybe a chemical or whatever else) in the body. So our bodies are then excreting some form of chemical through the skin (something like sweat) , then then dries up and feels normal. That is the only explanation which I can think of which explans how it can spread so fast and all over the body. If it were a mold or infection, it would take a bit of time to spread all over.
The other thing is that, at least this is what I believe, that our body can set itself right if we help it. So the next thing to do is to figure out how to boost our immunity and help our body correct its own imbalance.
With this thought process I started to research alternative medicines. For those of you who dont understand yoga, you might not know about a yoga called pranayaam. I am not a yoga practicioner myself, but am just begining to go down this road.
Pranayaam is a simple deep breathing exercise which boosts up the amount of oxygen in the blood. With an hour of deep breathing (check you tube for pranayaam, kapalbhati/Anulom/Vilom, the blood is ..... re-electrified, re-charged ... and this boosts its ability to fight off imbalance/disease and repair the body.
I have researched a yoga guru called Baba Ramdev and seen some of his videos. Wikipedia also has his achievements. He seems to have cured lots of skin issues with this technique. Things like Psorasis , Ezecma (not sure if these are the right spellings) , which people have been struggling with for many years, without any medical science treatement, the body has reparied itself by simply bolstering its own immunity. Read up about it to satisfy yourself that there is a scientific explanation about it all.
I dont want to promote anyone or anything like that, All I am saying is that since we dont have any obvious medicine to sort out this issue, lets take a look at alternative approaches to resolve this issue.
Also, I read in one of the posts that a guy tried accupuncture coz the chinese diagnosis was that it was being caused due to excessive heat within the body. If I remember correctly his post also mentioned that he felt much better soon. So that is also one line of attack we can consider.
Lastly, I usually dont involve in posts like this,but when I hit this issue I realised that people who share this kind of information are really helping others. So I would request you all to please update this (or somewher searchable on the net, ifyou find any improvment with yoga,accupuncture.. any other technique.
All the best, I will update my experience with Pranaayaam after a few days.
Omg! Finally I have had this same thing. I am 47 and about two weeks ago it started and now its like plastic wrap all over my face and most of my body.. it feels so weird and I hate it so bad' as soon as I get wet or sweat or anything like that it gets stick... I am scared about this but on the other hand kind relieved to have found ya'll.... I have been searching on the web for ever and finally I don't feel alone' plz keep your post coming so we all can learn from this and support each other...Thanks
I have the sticky skin as well. I have had psoriasis and eczema for 25 years. The sticky skin started in Jan 2011 though. To me, it seems like it could be due to a mold allergy or from excess stress hormones. I have a lot of other symptoms that seem like dysfunctions of the autonomic nervous system. I still haven't found anyone who has been able to help.
I have the same problem,could be mold it all started about March 1st, 2011 with loss of smell which changed within weeks to a rancid smell and taste. I have moldy animal droppings underneath my mobile home, every time my furnace came on I had to go outside because the air was strangling me. I have been blaming this on a contaminated well,just had it treated but I have not drank the water for 1 month with no signs of improvement. I also left home for 2 days and did not feel better. I don't know where any of you live but mold certainly is looking like it could be the culprit. Please keep posting I am so happy not to be alone! The way I got my family to believe was to show them and let them stick to me , I hope this is not contagious.
The sticky skin thing just started happening to me, mainly on my fingers. I've also been having a lot of severe stomach pain off and on for over a year. I've been taking Zoloft (Sertraline) 50 mg daily for 2 weeks. I may also have a problem with mold. I had some pipes leaking in the wall for a while and there was water damage that reached to the apartment below mine.
Thanks for your input I have experienced sticky skin in various parts of my body Last year I had radiation treatment for prostate cancer The sticky skin started about six months later Have not consulted any one yet with regard to the issue.
I have lived with this horrid condition for 2yrs + now. I have been though chemo and proton radiation and it started after the radiation i have been seen by some of the best drs in sloan kettering. I saw a throat specialist at sloan tell me learn to deal with it and mass general hospital in boston and every one of them passed it off as a sinus infection or just didnt know what it is. i even had a ear nose & throat dr out if holy name hospital teaneck nj tell me he didnt see anything wrong ..
It started out just in my nose then it went to my nose & throat then to ears and the bottoms of my feet now its all over my face everywhere even my rectal and vaginal area .. i have struggled so hard cause it causes my legs to go numb and my go the constant burning where ever it goes ..today was the first day i felt like i wasnt crazy THANK GOD FOR THIS FOURM BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN ON THE BRINK OF SUICUDE .. i have trouble swallowing and chest pains and throwing up ..I dont have a colon anymore and i get intestinal blockages because what is draining down my throat builds up and turns to a molases substance and then i can go ..i found another link that says that doxil a chemo drug i was on is linked to this plus we have had seveal floods so i had been exposed to mold but all i want now is help can someone please tell me how to treat this because it is killing me ..i have trouble urinating too ..it does tend lighten up from time to time but never goes away completely. When it comes back each time its more sever than before ..i get a high fwver out of the blue a day or so before it hits then it seems to come out of my pores and eyes nose ears everywhere ..please help!
hey , i have the same as you.i become sick as my roomate three years ago. No i don't really know if i ve sticky skin but all my clothes are broken after one week . it's like if there was soemthing that make them stick to my skin . i also have exactely the same problem as you have with your eyes but especially in the morning. i can say my eyes as my mouth are dry all the time. i also develloped some kind of rosacea on my feet, hands and ears. thos parts of the body are red plus it's also really hot. i feel bad all the time becasue all my clothes destroy so fast now even if i don't wash them. With my family it's ok now because we tested thos facts. when a jumper took three days to be broken with me it took two months for the others menbers of the family . it's the ame with bedsheets. it's like there is a sticky film on the clothes , especially when i sweat and than everything stuck in it. if my skin is still a bit wet and i wear something all the fibers stick to the skin . the biggest problemn for the clothes is the money it cost. but for the rest , sticky eyes , dry mouth , redness of the fingers , it's just a serious handicapt in my life. i really also have problems with the regulation of temperature of my body now. it's horrible...i m always cold...it become so hard. if someone have the same experience please share.
I first noticed that my underarm area was sticky after my shower, so I assumed that I had not rinsed well. I would jump back in the shower and rinse again, to no avail! I also noticed that my face still felt sticky after cleansing and, once again, assumed it was from failure to rinse or cleanse well enough, A few weeks ago, after enjoying several days of outdoor festivals, I began noticing that paper towels were sticking to my hands when I tried to dry. However, in every case, my skin was fine when it dried! I have found that drying with a hair dryer works really well to shorten the duration of this problem. Once I figured that out, I promptly forgot about it until last night when I mentioned it to my sister. She found this forum. I had until then assumed that it was from the number of capsules that I take in a day (4 potassium, 1 prilosec, and 1 celebrex). I figured that was a lot of 'gel' for my body to absorb! I don't have a mold problem in my house, so I think I can rule that out, but maybe I was just wrong about the capsules causing it, also! Maybe I do need to further research this (I did ask my family doctor about it, but they'd never heard of anything like that!)
I recently noticed that my skin has been sticky all over my body like glue or some residue from tape...
Now the thing that sets me apart from the rest of you is that.. I used some type of hair care product from Regis called "sculpting mud".. And ever since I applied it, my hands feel like I still have the product(which was very sticky) on em..
I recently cut all my hair off because it seemed to never wash out.. I've noticed whenever I work out and get all sweaty, my whole body seems to be very sticky.. And actually seems to get worse when I shower, and dry with a towel..
I've tried several different bodywashes, dish soap, olive oil, milk.. I mean you name it and I've tried it..
My whole family thinks I'm just imagining this problem.. And I don't know if its due to that product I mentioned or mold or whatever it is..
But this is very miserable, I hate feeling sticky.. Especially all over my body... I guess I'm gonna try to see a dermatologist asap.. But if anyone has any suggestions that might help, I'd appreciate it..
Hi, i have had sticky sin for around 2 1/2 years now. My skin on the inside of my legs is really bad. When ever i pull my legs apart and forget like when i have been asleep my legs stick together and leave massive bruises. It also hurts like mad and i can not even light touch my legs as they are very painful. My GP has never herd or Sean anything like it before. Mine is, im guessing, because of my many medications. I suffer from 3 chronic pain diseases, Psoriasis and several other complaints. I hate this sticky skin syndrome and have now noticed that my arms and private below bits have now got it to. I sympathise with all that have this complaint.
I have all the symptoms discussed by the people above. I think it would be beneficial to discuss our medications and medical history. I noticed this problem after having dental caps put on and I have had chemo for breast cancer. I currently take lortab for nerve pain. I step on a bath mat after my shower and my feet stick and I drag the mat with me. I have ringing in my ears and colon problems. My skin itches and I have redness and edema. I have been to dozens of drs and my family thinks I'm imagining everything.
I have the same symptoms as you. I have had breast & lymph node cancer with radiation and chemo 27 years ago. Have had a brain aneurysm 2006. Have been to every specialist known to mankind. Had problems after capping 4 teeth. Symptoms are sticky eyes, nose, scalp and skin. I have very thick saliva. Constipation alternating with diarrhea. My skin looks leathery and I lose control of my bowel frequently. Have had a colonoscopy. Double vision. High blood pressure. Dizziness. I am unusually cold. Extreme itchiness and redness. I don't mention this anymore because people and doctors think I'm crazy I don't have candidiasis. Does anyone know what might help? Doctors can find nothing.
After reading the comments, I am sure that this is a mental problem. At the very least, please talk to a psychiatrist and see what they can do for you. If it works, you're problem has been solved. If not, what's the harm? Also, if you do decide to take this route, please don't be afraid to share it here, so that others can make the right decision.
For those of you who are skeptical: I used to be like you; I used to think that my problem was real (it felt real to me, of course), and when I was told that I should see a psychiatrist, I didn't believe them. I tried alternative medicine, and that helped for a little while (less than a month), but then my problem started back up. After that, I finally gave in and saw a professional. My problem started to go away, and now, after 3 years (2 without medication), it is gone for good.
Just remember, mental problems aren't anything to be shy about, and those who recommend those sorts of treatment aren't trying to harm or scam you; they're just trying to help. While the same can be said for those many of those who are in the business of alternative medicine, they have no research to back up their claims, whereas that is what the whole scientific community is all about.
Please make the right decision, and at least give the psychiatrist a try.
I've had very similar issues for 20 years....after tons of research I am convinced this is a thyroid rooted issue...the thyroid can be poisoned by
mercury from dental fillings...or chemicals in food.....fluoride....thereby suppressing the entire immune system...and also is related to low grade dental infections causing blocked energy flow through meridians in the teeth. U can actually test the voltage
from the teeth w/ a mila volt meter and prove this theory.
test your basil body temperature,......under arm pit...
and check other symptoms for hypothyroid....I know it
sounds wierd...but " it is where it aint"..
the thyroid controls everything.....!!
I just read your rather desperate message in Sticky Paws, ans I could have been reading my own diary. I have all your symptoms plus a few.it
However, I do have some sort of good news....I have found a way to control "sticky paws"...at least on a took me at least two months to convince my family that there was anything wrong at all, and I have seen four dermatologist, none of whome dis any testing or sampling, none of whom prescribed any relief, aand one who never got within five feet of me.I have found a way to control "sticky Paws"...at least on a limited basis. First, wash hands into the palm of one thoroughly with an anti-fungal soap. Rinse and dry gently, then pour about a teaspoon of a throat rinse called Biotene in the palm of one hand and rub hands together briskly, not forgetting beween fingers. This time, allow to dry naturally and then.... believe it or not...coat both hand with BABY POWDER! Shake off excess. This will keep ypur hand dry for four or five hours IF you do not handle anything wet or damp. This isn't a perfect solution but it's better that nothing! Hope it works for you. If you have come up with any tips for aany of mmy symptoms, PLEASE let me know. . Many thanks After all, we sufferershavee to stick together.
Hi all, I have the same condition too. It started after long term antibiotic use for lyme disease and the doctor prescribed an antimicrobial as well. I finally found the answer after dealing with this condition for a year and being on the brink of my sanity. No doctor could figure out what was causing it or how to fix it, until I went to an Infectious Disease doctor at John Hopkins. She told me it is a condition called microbiome imblance from all the antibiotics I have been on. It started with head sweats and turned into a sticky mixture all over the body. It was three layers thick on the face and I was slowly losing it. My doctor said to start using probiotics. This is a real condition and I know it sounds bizarre I was told to see a psychiatrist by my therapist even though I had documentation from other doctors that something medical was going on they just could figure out what. I have been on probiotics for 6-7 months now and it is slowly and I mean slowing working. I'm still trying to remain calm through all this because stress makes it worse. I've been put on medicine to keep me calm while it heals. This has got to be by far the worst thing I've ever dealt with.
My skin feels rubbery or waxy when dry. I saw an Infectious disease doctor at John Hopkins in Baltimore Maryland. I hope this will help someone else. This condition is horrid. She told me only time and probiotics would help me. She couldn't promise that my skin would regrow good bacteria on it. She said "that we don't know the answer to yet." We have good and bad bacteria and yeast on our skin, sinuses, bowel, vaginal area. When we disturb it's balance through drugs we create this problem. stress and sugar feed the problem too. I had skin issues for years both red face and acne but, never this. I forget how to spell the term for red face.
I first noticed this condition and been trying to heal for 7 years. However it has been present for over 25 and has caused even worse problems. It is wrapped over my entire body and feels like I have been wound with thousands of hairs. It starts off sticky, then dries. When it dries, it breaks up into fine thread like substance and it wrapped all over entire body including mouth. Everyone thinks Im crazy and the doctors have been no help. I never talk to anyone about this because.....how do you rationally explain this. It is physical, tangible, and the build up has been going on for over 20 years.It is so painful sometimes as my body is strangling itself. The stuff is anchored by hair and under finger and toenails. I have tried everything. Its dissolved by water, witch hazel, or taking a bath with vinegar. The only problem is, the build up is so thick that, when I dry off it hardens and my body starts to tighten and seize. Its literally like I'm wrapped in layers of fine thread and it feels like that too. The only solution I have found, and this a completley random solution: I tried a black light thinking it might react, and it does. It dissolves under exposure. However its so thick and everywhere on my body and such a severe case of it, that It works, but I never get rid of it all. I have been to doctors and emergency rooms as its in mouth throat and strangles my neck. As Im writing this is so bad I can barely type. I may go to emergency room again today, but Im using the lblack light again as it gives relief.
A checked me over, at first he wasn't too sure. I gave him a day or so after taking some samples of skin surface stuff. The result was that my body was trying to extract something (a chemical or more).
There are certain cleaning products I can't get too much of. One is Lysol, too much will cause problems for me especially when the air is filled with other stuff. One morning I had cleaned a bunch of stuff at my work place and it was all in the air conditioning. I Lysol everything. That day I had chills and a fever. I thought I was coming down with the flu. But it felt like I was about to die. Seriously! I immediately took a hot shower and saw water beading off and the waxy sticky film was all over my body. Couldn't wash it off no matter what I used. I had the hottest water on as well. When I was done and I dried off I went into a blanket and couldn't take it any more. I took an asprin prior to going into the blanket. I then tried to sweat and sleep. After three hours of sweating and sleeping I woke and felt better. My body felt normal again. I took another shower and noticed everything was fine again.
This happened again not long ago. I was able to trace everything back to Lysol as the culprit. When I am exposed to a lot of it my body quickly reacts.
So the sticky waxy stuff is actually sweat (oils) and what ever it is extracting. This is not GMO like someone claimed. There is obviously something your body doesn't like and it is trying to get rid of it. One of our bodies defenses against toxins inside is to sweat and the other is a fever.
To wash it off is good but to sweat it all out first is better. Remember to drink water to help sweat. My condition didn't allow me to do anything but to wrap up in a blanket and sweat it all out as I shivered and wondered whether I was about to die or not.
Good to have two people look at it. First your internist and the second is to have an allergist or dermatologist.
I also have sticky fingers when wet, and it is now on my face. I have resorted to wearing rubber gloves when I shower, and put my makeup on. My hair has always been straight as a stick, but now it is curly.
Several months ago, I had a leak under the sink. I discovered the black spots on the linoleum was not dirt, but mold. I knew nothing about how to clean the floor, but I read vinegar and Lysol would kill the mold, so I sprayed the Lysol everywhere, and washed the floor with vinegar. I did not know what the life cycle of mold was, but soon found out. Upon dying, microscopic spores are released into the air. In my case, they dispersed everywhere!
I bought a dehumidifier, and it runs constantly. Go to "The Mold Blog," for lots of information. I also bought a mold test kit, and had it analyzed.
No one believes me, and my daughter thinks I am deluded. I bought shampoo with Tea Tree Oil, and hoping that works.
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