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Darwin has developed a rash that won't go away.  He's been to a dermatologist, but the lotion she prescribed is nasty, sticky, and won't absorb into the skin. You can't wear a shirt over it, for example, or go to bed in it, but you're supposed to put it on twice a day.  Apparently, you're suposed to stay home naked while a servant rubs unguent into your skin and fans you with feathers, or something. Darwin was forced to abandon the treatment as impractical.

The dermatologist didn't seem know what might be causing it, nor did she make any suggestions.  Darwin wondered if it was the laundry soap.  Although I recently bought a new brand of laundry soap, it seems to me the rash showed up some time before the soap did.  But it can't hurt to check.

Today I bought new dye-free, fragrance-free laundry soap and softener.  I stripped the bed, got all the sheets out of the linen closet, took the comforter off the bed, and gathered up all of Darwin's clothes.  Now there's a mountain of laundry in the utility room for the machines to chew through.

We'll see if that makes a difference.



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Aug. 10th, 2016 06:31 pm (UTC)
As I have reactive skin I always run an extra rinse cycle with a hefty slug of white vinegar in it. This will get any residual soap out. (Also after hair washing I rinse with a 50% dilution of cider vinegar to make sure all the shampoo is out otherwise my scalp gets nasty and my eyes itch.)
Aug. 10th, 2016 07:48 pm (UTC)
That may be next on the list!
Aug. 10th, 2016 11:03 pm (UTC)
I started doing this in my college days when something got messed up with the chemistry of the water supply and shampoo positively caked from the water. Vinegar was the only thing that helped.
I shudder to think what the water did to us.
Aug. 11th, 2016 06:12 am (UTC)
Probably wouldn't help in this case, but if you're looking to reduce chemical impact, we've been using something like these instead of dryer sheets/softener:


I can't immediately find the ones we bought but these look pretty similar, and we've been really happy with them so far.
Aug. 12th, 2016 03:46 pm (UTC)
A further thought - a dermatologist told my Dad that the skin is actually our biggest organ of excretion. (He had become diabetic and whenever his blood sugar got the least bit up he would itch. And continue to itch after we got it down. I finally figured out that the bit of sugar coming out on the skin was upsetting that ecosystem We started making a 50% mix of live culture yogurt and water and sponging the itchy areas with that. Usually stopped it cold with one or two applications.)
So if there is some food that he really likes and eats often it may be upsetting the surface ecosystem.
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