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Another Acrodermatitis Continua
Hi, I just read your letter
from Wanda regarding her acrodermatitis.
I am 22 years old and I, too, have been diagnosed with acro. However, I appear to be in much better shape then her.
When my symptoms first arose they
appeared in the form of blisters, then deep cracks and swelling in my
hands and feet. Thankfully
now the acro appears to be only on my right foot.
I can strongly sympathize with Wanda as this condition is extremely
So far I have had numerous steroid
shots to control the acro as well as using Ultravate ointment. The ointment seems to help me keep it under control and keep
the swelling in check. I am
also very fortunate in that although I live in a medium sized city, my
dermatologist was excellent! He
had no problems admitting that after exhausting all of his facilities —
i.e., allergy tests, numerous biopsies and meds — I needed to see a
specialist; and he sent me to the University of California at San
Francisco Stanford Health Care. Here
I was seen by a doctor who is a leading expert in the world.
He took one look at my foot and knew exactly what I had.
It was a great relief just to finally figure out what this stuff
I would just like to say again, that I
sympathize with Wanda. I know how painful this can be and it affects a lot
in your life, like even wearing tennis shoes.
I have changed all of my doctors because of this, and now
thankfully found some good ones that are willing to take the time to help
I'm sure Wanda has tried this, but the
Ultravate cream seems to work best for me so far.
And one more thing, I've read that stress has something to do with
the severity of the outbreaks. I
realize that it is really difficult not to be stressed when you can't use
your hands or walk without pain, but maybe trying deliberately to relax
will, itself, reduce the stress. It’s
worth a try... -Kevin, A fellow sufferer
Response: In addition to
Wanda’s letter (linked in Kevin’s text, above), readers new to Acrodermatitis Continua of Hallopeau
will want to read Acitretin
(Soriatane) for Acrodermatitis Continua from Steve E.
strong topical corticosteroid similar to Temovate or Diprolene.