Bedtime and Health Revamp

Sleep

Although I have not revealed here, over the past few months I have been having bad sleep problems. Some were lasting the odd days to a few days, where I had insufficient quality of  sleep. I put my lack of sleep down due to the upset with the dentist experience I had and maybe worrying about it.
Lack of sleep makes me feel tired, grouchy on myself and it can make me feel low, or fed up. My motivations levels can drop and I can eventually start to eat unhealthily, which you will remember in one of my earlier posts, I did reveal me slipping up in that area and I have again, today. So I need to get myself sorted here and remind myself why I do this and the benefits for me.

Those who I chat with via Facebook quite regular, may find that I will not be on at night most times now, because I want that hour or two away from any bright screen, to allow myself to settle for bed. I have already been doing it at times and I have noticed the difference on those days. (I will also stop myself going on very late at night there, or browsing the web in general on bad sleep days and find my alternative that will be better to aid sleep.) I will answer any FB messages in the morning if I have time. If it is important and you know my mobile number, then it advisable to text and I will answer back when I can.

Rash

On top of this, my contact dermatitis I had under control has started flaring up and a rash has now started going up my lower part of my arms. So I am trying to control this.

My hands, I have started treating them with Betnovate again and I did put some on my arms once, but decided to stop doing this there, because originally it was for my hands and if I was to put it elsewhere on my body I would really need to see my doctor first.
My mum said, I ought to go back to my doctor after seeing it. But I can not just yet, because with my hands, I had been using a different cream and hand wash to my usual and I think this is what has done it. I have thrown it away and carried on using fully what I usually use and although it is very early days, I can see it is starting to look better and it is starting to be less irritating.
As for my arms, I did go back to my previous wash powder, so it could be this, but also the rash on my arms and possibly my hands as well, that I could be suffering from heat rash. (I had it round my neck last week.) I have noticed when I have felt hot and especially with having a cold since middle of last week, (that I am getting over,) my rash got worse when I was hot. To cool down my arms and resist me from scratching, I am using aloe gel, but I also put Tea Tree on today and I have found this especially good on first application. The downside is the smell. I have also read Witch Hazel is good for this, so I think this is something to consider for the future.

Nightwear: Bye bye fleecy pyjamas

As I seem to be having problems with heat rash, I have decided to get rid of my fleecy pyjamas and fleecy dressing gown. This was after reading up how wearing fleecy pyjamas in bed although cosy, it does not allow air to circulate and so when you are sleeping, you could be getting overheated. So I have treated myself to a few new cotton ones, a couple of them being brushed cotton to make it feel cosy.

I will miss my fleecy nightwear, but the heat rash as bad as I am having now, I am trying anything to combat it. It is not pleasant as you will know, if you have suffered it yourself.

 

Failing, after doing all this and it is not any better, I will go back to my doctor.

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Dermatitis

Dermatitis is a real pain and I have suffered contacted dermatitis for 3 years. (But possibly more, as I have lost count.)

It wasn’t until last year, 3 months before Christmas that I finally had it under control with my over the counter 1% hydrocortisone cream, along with a moisturiser that I found really helped me, which was Aveeno hand cream. (The green top one, which contains colloidal oatmeal.) I decided to give Aveeno a go after reading positive reviews from eczema websites.
This year, I also discovered another moisturising cream that was good; Cetraben cream. I decided to try this after is was recommended to my work colleague who was also suffering with her hands.

Both these creams I recommend, but when my Aveeno has all gone, I will probably just stick completely with the Cetraben cream.

From that point last year, until now, I managed to keep it under control. But this last few months, I kept getting flare ups and so I used my 1% hydrocortisone cream time and time again, until very recently I had such a very bad flare up, I felt I had lost the war with it and it was at its worst it has ever been.

I went to the doctors recently, so I could show him at its very worst and to check it was still contact dermatitis from when another doctor had told me it was, but had not seen it at it’s worst like this.
I also took what I had been using, but said how I felt now that my 1% hydrocortisone cream was no longer working now. After answering a few questions, my doctor said that I needed a stronger cream to tackle this, so I could get it back under control. I was prescribed Betnovate cream, along with a prescription for my Cetraben cream. (A large pump bottle of it. Both of these are now on my prescription should I need more.

My doctor also reassured me on questions I had with the previous cream I once used; 1% hydrocortisone cream and now the Betnovate cream I have to use.

I have been using the Betnovate cream since Monday evening and although I am in discomfort and occasionally pain with my left hand, as this is the worst hand, I can see already the improvement, visually. So hopefully, I will nip this in the bud again.

About contact dermatitis

You cannot catch contact dermatitis from me. This term is used because contact dermatitis   appears on skin exposed to a substance that sets it off. Although it can occur anywhere, it is usually the hands and face where you will find it. In my case, it is work related because of the job I do. You can read more about contact dermatitis here, which will take you to the NHS Choices website.