An encounter with keratosis pilaris also know as chicken skin
I was on a field trip with my family and just as we were coming to the end of a spontaneous extended trip, lo! and behold, rashes on my legs, specifically thighs. This was all new to me and for a moment I thought I had touched poison ivy (in my panic state, I could see the light,😥😢 yup I get dramatic sometimes, ha!) . Even though it wasn’t poison ivy I learnt that still with my unquenchable curiosity never touch a plant you know nothing of.
I spread the news to mummy dearest who informed my aunty whose a nurse, her final thoughts, it might be the sun or change in weather that’s affecting me, what? That’s new, auntie but I love you still.
My next option Google ha! I did my reading and looked for pictures with resemblance to what was on my thighs which led me to keratosis pilaris.
What is it you might ask?
- A condition that causes rough patches and small, acne-like bumps on the skin.
- It affects arms, thighs, buttocks, and cheeks.( Fun right?)
- Causes: buildup of keratin( a hair protein) in the pores. The buildup forms a plug that blocks the opening of a hair follicle. If you have dry skin, you’re more likely to have keratosis pilaris.
It took about 3-5 days for it to clear with the help of a medicated soap, protex deep clean for ance, it works! At least on me and definitely saved my trip to the doctors.
*In addition I ensured that I kept the affected area moisturized. It helps the affected area heal more quickly.
All this is thanks to mummy dearest (she recommended the soap and to avoid the expenses of going to the hospital, smart woman mama) sometimes she can be the best doctor even though unforgiving while forcing an egg yolk down my throat when I was pretty sick, that is, coughing too much at night of which I couldn’t remember (on a different occasion).
In short don’t ignore any new or unfamiliar thing happening in your body not that I’m a doctor but if symptoms persist please consult your doctor.
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That was my frantic episode but thankfully I got cured. Yay!