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Friday, August 12, 2011

And the Diagnosis is Swamp Rot

Kinda gross but in lieu of an actual name for my skin condition, my doctor called it swamp rot. It would appear the yellow jacket sting, which has turned necrotic and gross, set me up for a surpresssed immune system. My body was busy fighting the sting and it's poison and couldn't defend against whatever toxins/bacteria were in the Black Bayou. Yesterday I started breaking out in little bumps. By today, they were over both arms, both legs, neck, chest and a few in my head. With five more races to go and no time to waste, I hurried to the doctor. And that's the story.
I was given steroids and a "wash" to use to keep this at bay. Time will heal the little pustules and an anti-histamine has helped the itching. I am contagious! My husband is not happy. The bigger concern is my bike box and all my clothes and gear. Due to arrive on Tuesday via UPS, it is contaminated and should be quarantined. Gloves, perhaps?