housecat wrote:I always have terrible skin allergies in Taiwan. In fact, before I left Taiwan in 2005, I think it was, I had a strange thing on my calf that would look fine--nothing there but some slight swelling, but itch like a ritchious bitch and if I scratched it, it would burst and bleed a LOT. It would turn out that it was itching from the pressure of the blood just under the skin. Eventually, that just became a huge sore place that wouldn't heal for more than a year. Taiwan docs gave antihistamines and ointmens, but nothing worked. But it was completely healed less than two weeks after I landed in the States and has not reurned.
I also have psoriasis that is always a LOT worse here than at home. It's very hard to controle here, in fact.
I wholeheartedly believe this to be polution related.
I'm curious if your skin problems are better now that you are living south. I too have developed skin issues living here but it has to do with humidity in Taipei. I live by the mountains so it's not pollution. Also, no problems when travelling in dry parts of China which are often far more polluted. Taipei has always been a cesspool of germs.