Dermatographism and Plantar Wart Treatment and Lyme Disease

by Chris

Thanks for sharing your story! I've been worried sick for my 14 year old daughter who has been suffering for the past two months. This is her story. When she was 11 years old she had lyme disease (diagnosed 2 months post infection). She was treated with doxycycline for one week but developed gastro-intestinal issues so the switch was made to amoxicillin and she took the full course of this antibiotic. For the next three years she remained healthy but occasionally had visual disturbance/eyes sensitive to sunlight/ mild joint aches off and on. This past January (2015) she developed 12 plantar warts on the bottom of one foot. For two months she was treated by a podiatrist with strong acid compound, laser treatments, and then Canthirin (beetle juice). This was all designed to stimulate her immune system to kick out the plantar warts. About a month into the foot treatments, she started developing flushing in the face and impressive itchy and burning hives all over her body pretty much on a daily basis. She was treated with steroids, Benadryl, and Claritin but the hives got worse.

She is an avid dancer and dances many hours in the studio. Unfortunately, she has not been able to dance the past week and a half because of increased joint/muscle pains. Last week she was flopped on the couch like a rag doll with all over body aches. It hurt even to breath. She had a butterfly rash across her face as well as the hives. Since then, she has had many vials of blood drawn. Negative allergies, negative ANA, Lyme, RH, etc. Blood work all normal! The doctor felt she had dermatographism but also referred her to a rheumatologist to look into joint pain, muscle aches and fatigue. We are awaiting that appointment at this time.

Being in the medical profession, this has been very frustrating to me as I cannot figure this out. Maybe the original Lyme disease is rearing it's ugly head but showed a false negative. Maybe the treatment to her foot sent her immune system into overdrive? Ugh! I don't know. But I do know I hate to see her suffer like this.

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