OMG, I am having the most severe allergic reaction I’ve ever experienced in my life.
I am not prone to allergies. I use perfumes without a care, I don’t have to be particular about brands of washing powder, there’s nothing I can’t eat.
A few days ago I got a bottle of L’Oreal Elvive Full Restore Replenishing shampoo and the same brand of conditioner, on special offer. I used them in my post work-out shower. Immediately on exiting the shower, the parts of my skin that the shampoo had touched, like my neck, upper back and chest went bright red, like burn marks, as though I’d washed my hair with bleach.
24 hours later, the whole of my upper body – scalp, face, neck, shoulders, back, chest, arms and hands – was covered in angry red eczema, and my chest and back have lesions that make it look like I’ve been mauled by a lion. 24 hours after that – the time of writing – the eczema is spreading even further, I’ve just noticed it on my feet.
It itches like crazy, you can imagine. I feel like tearing my skin off.
I am not panicking, I know what has caused it and I take it that my body will recover in due course, it’s not like I’m going to use that shampoo again. If it really has shown no improvement by Monday I will go to my doctor but I hope and believe it will have at least started to calm down by then.
So that is why I deserve a massive Health point for going out for a couch-to-5k jog today, because it is very uncomfortable indeed wearing clothes, I couldn’t wait to get home and get naked again. So yeah, 1 Health point, awarded for sheer stubborn perserverance.