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Thanks to all for the informative narrations of your experiences. I woke up Saturday feeling lousy and thinking my allergies were in full bloom and that the rash on my chest was from a chemical added to our hot tub which I used the day before. In hindsight, I realize I had a herald spot but dismissed it as nothing the days before the outbreak started. Like all of you, I became a PR junkie and am reading as much as I can now that I have the diagnosis. The PA said to let it run its course and the derm offered a topical steroid but based on comments here, I might take a pass on that. I am probably one of the older individuals (67) but healthy and on no meds and eat a healthy diet. I do stress easily though and agree this could be a trigger. Based on stories I've read, I think my case is fairly severe as I am covered with them front and back from the neck down, it's migrating down my arms and also beginning to creep down my legs. I try not to look at them much because it is freaking me out. I am writing you as I sit in the sunshine despite my derm's warning to not do this because I've had 3 bouts of skin cancer. Regarding the Prreze cream, are they all the same on Amazon? I've been using Aloe Vera gel because it feels refreshing and I detest thick, heavy creams. Coincidentally, I had started a brand new calcium supplement a few days prior to the outbreak and thought, initially, this might have triggered the attack. I had the hives once in grade school before a performance (nerves I guess) but nothing in all the years since. I had mono twice in college and battled EBV after the birth of a second child and realize things lay dormant in our bodies until the perfect storm invites them back in. Any comments on the Prreze cream you can share is most appreciated. Thank you.
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