Hello and thanks for taking the time to read my post.
I am an Irish man living in Japan and have been suffering from a mysterious skin condition which has me driven to the point of insanity. If anyone on here could shed light on the issue I would be forever grateful!!
My problem started perhaps six months ago with large patches of itchy, dry and scaly skin. Being in the midst of a dry, cold Japanese winter, I put it down to a case of seasonally aggravated atopy, which I have suffered from in the past. However, as the weather improved, things actually got worse. I developed an unbearably itchy scalp which began to develop dandruff symptoms and (minor) hair thinning. At this point I decided a trip to the doctor was inevitable so I visited my local dermatologist. He diagnosed a food allergy and put me on high dose antihistamines and steroid ointments.
The steroid ointments I was prescribed certainly cleared the symptoms temporarily. However, they came back with vengeance within a couple of weeks. Frustrated, I decided to try another dermatologist, who put me on a combination of antihistamines, steroid ointments and a Chinese herbal anti-inflammatory. Again, the steroids hid the symptoms away temporarily only for them to return as soon as I stop applying them.
I have been doing an unholy amount of research on my symptoms. Sometimes the rash takes a ring like appearance, not unlike ringworm. Other times it is just a splotchy red eczema-like rash. My feet have symptoms similar to athlete's foot, while my scalp remains maddeningly itchy. I am convinced I have a tinea-type infection but doctors have dismissed this- my wife would have caught it too if I have indeed got tinea (?). The doctors stubbornly refuse to do any sort of tests which is very frustrating indeed.
I have just recently developed severe pompholyx blisters on my hands and feet, just to add to the list!
As I have stated, the rashes' appearance changes week on week but I'll upload a picture or two soon of the current appearance.
Thank you in advance and my apologies for the length of my post.