The patient: “Laurel,” a 48-year-old librarian.
Why she came to see me: Laurel arrived with a complaint that at first seemed better-suited for a dermatologist. Lifting the sleeves of her shirt, she pointed to the red, bumpy, dry skin on her forearms before showing me a similar patch on the T-zone of her face. Both places were consistently, if not relentlessly, itchy. The irritation had turned from mild to severe in the past three months and while she’d tried a number of treatments—from CBD oil to a consult with one of the city’s top dermatologist’s—she hadn’t been able to find any relief. She was intent on determining the root cause of this flare…and she was equally keen on treating it naturally.
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