Can an “overdose” on nicotine cause a skin rash or joint & tendon pain? If not, please help point me in the right direction; my dr’s are at a loss.
I quit smoking a while back but have not stopped the NTR. I probably consume upwards of 20mg of nicotine through gum and/or lozenges. I have been experiencing significant pain from what is being called plantar factitious and itchy rashes on the back of my calves top of my thighs and my shoulders which looks much like shingles. I also am experiencing whitlow
-like break outs on beyond the third knuckle of my right ring finger and pinkie.
The rash flares up and then goes away in 1-2 week intervals. When it is particularly bad, the lobes and tops of my ears break out as well as other spots around my face. Sometimes, particularly on my ears, the rash oozes yellow liquid although I do not believe it’s a secondary infection; products like Neosporin do nothing.
While my diet did go in the tank over the holidays, I’ve been struggling with weight loss; I’ve been eating better and less and swimming a 500 per day (roughly; probably safer to say every other day), but my weight keeps going up. That said, there are areas of improvement in my diet; particularly in portion control…
Prednisone clears up all symptoms, immediately. However, as my wife says, I’m not that pleasant when on it.
I’ve been to two dermatologists who swear this is a contact sensitivity but the patch tests can’t find anything. I’ve been to an allergist who says this is not an allergic reaction. I’ve had several blood draws to test for things like herpes, Reiter’s syndrome, autoimmune issues, Celiac disease, allergic reactions, and lupus. All have been non-conclusive.
Overall, I am a healthy 40 year old white male of Germanic and Welch decent. I have fair blood pressure, sugars and triglycerides for someone my age. I am 5’10” and 205(ish) lbs.
Any help resolving this rash will be greatly appreciated.