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i posted a couple times before and noticed people saying that few ever came back after to let everyone know the full experience...
basically i got my herald patch about 5 weeks ago, followed by 2 weeks of maddening itching. couldnt sleep for longer than 2 hours a night, didnt wear a bra for over 2 weeks and actually wanted to hurt people at times through frustration! it was pretty bad, aesthetics aside (coz obviously it doesnt look pretty does it!) it was the itching that was the main problem for me.
im glad to say that 5 weeks in and all itching has gone away, and the rash itself has faded massively (it is still noticeable but im slathering myself with fake tan to try and even it out, i figure orange all over is a slight improvement)
my doctor gave me daktacort (hydrocortizone cream) but its hard to say how much it helped or not.
my SAVIOUR was calamine lotion. there is no limit to how often you can apply it and it really helps the itching. mine was far worse at night, best thing to do is to sleep without a top on with the covers off keeping cool and smothered in calamine!
also antihistemines helped with the itching quite a bit.
i didnt try sunbeds coz i just didnt get round to it before it started to improve, but it does seem like they have a positive effect for most who try them.
i massively agree that it could be stress related. im in my final year at uni (after having failed a previous year being ill with something else) and i had assessments piling up and my whole dissertation to write so a lot of pressure to do well, and everything seems to hit you harder when you're run down.
ive been really lucky that mine has cleared up so quick, being quite unlucky with illnesses in the past i had prepared myself for months of this...
all i can say is keep cool, drown yourselves in calamine lotion and have a sense of humour about it. hard i know, but there are rarely any other side effects its not dangerous at all and it will go eventually...so it could be a lot worse :D
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