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I've had bilateral GA for about 17 years. It started on my elbows and tried cortisone creams without any luck. it moved to my hands about 9 years ago...tried cortisone cream again...and again no luck...once some bumps cleared up new ones appeared. My medical history is of hypothyroidism.
I have noticed that dust and handling paper (filing at work) seems to aggravate it. The one reprieve from GA that I've had is when I eliminated grains, processed sugars, junk food. i didn't stick to this way of eating and the GA came back. Maybe this is coincidental or maybe it's a solution.
My GA has come back with a vengeance. It is on my lower and upper arms and hands I look like I have a quite the case if ringworm. Becoming more frustrated with the GA, I started doing some more research on potential causes. One potential culprit are vaccines....particularly Hep B. I had Hep B vaccine many years ago....~20 years. I had multiple adverse reactions to
the vaccine - hair loss, scalp rash, extreme joint point, discoid plaques on my forearms; all occurring over a one year period. I think it's probably a good chance that the vaccine triggered the GA as well.
Since the cortisone creams and the prescribed creams don't seem to work, I read that aloe vera has helped some. I've been using it for about a week. The bumps seem less red and irritated, and have flattened out somewhat. I am using 99% pure aloe with and without alcohol. I am hopeful. Even if it doesn't go away, it looks a little better and feels better too.
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