I'm seeking out other people that have Autoimmune Progesterone Dermatitis. It's a rare condition where you become allergic to your own hormone levels.
Here is a brief explanation of the condition:
This rare dermatitis may be mild to severe. The dermatitis, which is inflammation of the upper layers of the skin, can assume a variety of manifestations such as blisters, including pompholyx, (a form of hand eczema), urticaria, (wealing in the skin), occurring because of released chemicals such as histamine from cells, that cause small blood vessels to leak and cause tissue swelling, erythema multiforme, (a characteristic rash and often blisters in the mouth and elsewhere), or as erythema annulare centrifugum, a type of scaling or nonscaling, pruritic (itchy) or nonpruritic, annular (ring like) or arcuate, erythematous (redish) skin manifestation. (2)(3)
APD is an uncommon dermatitis, characterized by exacerbations during the second or luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. In autoimmune disease the body's normal immune system loses its ability to recognize its own cells and attacks itself.
I'm having difficulty finding doctors that understand this condition, so I am looking for other people with tips, stories, and advice. I'd even start an lj community if I thought there was enough of a draw.