Progesterone Cream Causing Skin Burning?
(Chesapeake, VA )
Hi there. I have been battling with adrenal issues since being involved in a serious car accident 6 years ago, and it has wreaked absolute havoc with my entire endocrine system. No children, estrogen dominant/low progesterone, insomnia, hypoglycemia, PMS, freak widespread allergies, digestive issues, on and on.
My last blood test showed that my progesterone was .1 on day 16 of my cycle, which the doctor was a bit concerned about - especially since the last test had me at 6.2 a month earlier (that was without any progesterone supplementation). The past month and a half I've gone through a very traumatic situation with my husband's health and I guess my adrenals have been gobbling all my progesterone up to maintain the crazy blood sugar dips, deal with the stress, deal with the allergy inflammation. The doctor has prescribed 100mg USP pharmacy compounded progesterone cream and advised that I play with the dosage. I'd had used it for five days before stopping for what I thought would be my period, but no period ever arrived. Today, 7 days later, I've started it again at the advice of my OB. This time I placed it on the inside of my arms (which I'd done before) and the skin has been irritated all day and most recently burning - but there are no hives, rash, redness, etc. As a test, I placed some on my foot for the evening dose and have had no problem so far (no itching, irritation). I also noticed that my hands burned after I applied the cream, even after washing them.
I'm just wondering, has anyone else had this problem? It's a USP compounded lipoderm cream, no known allergens that I know of. What's strange is that the foot I applied the cream to 3 hours ago feels completely normal. The only thing that has changed since two weeks ago is that I've gotten sun on my upper body the past three days (not a burn, just darkening of skin), and I'm wondering if my skin is just a bit more sensitive because of that 20 to 30 minutes of sun a day. I'm going to keep pushing it until it either goes away or I get obvious symptoms that it's irritating the skin. I just don't want to have to stop using the compounding grade cream, as I can't take the oral progesterone and am too sensitive to use anything OTC.