I know May seems like a long time to wait for a dermatologist but Isuspect you're a new patient due to the length of time, and it will be well worth the wait.
chiffonade, sometimes we are limited by who we can go to under our insurance plans which is why it takes longer and dermatologists are certainly some of the most difficult to get to quickly so you have to plan ahead.
Please do not cancel your appointment! And once you're a patient, you will not have to wait so long for your next appointment. Be sure to check with your dermatologist's receptionist to see if you need a referral from your general practioner if you are using your insurance.
Have you had a history of any skin problem of this type? There are so many types of allergies.
I have a dear friend who has suffered from eczema (there are about ten types of this) all of his nearly 4 decades of life. When he moved to a new city, it took three months for him to get in to see a dermatologist and it had been a couple of years since he'd been to his last one so he was suffering pretty badly.
He's very educated on what works and what does not because he's had to live with it and the lack of effective medications throughout the years. You name it, he's tried it. He recently had his appointment and the eczema has been narrowed to atopic dermatitis. There are several brand new medicatons on the market. Within four days of starting medication, his skin cleared up, the best I've seen... ever.
Now, eczema may not be what you have, but the same principles can be applied...
Many suggestions have been made in this thread for over the counter products. The best out of all of them would be the mineral oil. You can get food grade mineral oil at any local pharmacy for a couple of dollars. Use this before you go to bed at night and as needed daily. Stay away from petroleum based ointments or lotions unless prescribed by a doctor. If you have an undiagnosed skin condition, petroleum based products can spread it.
Cooking is one of the worst occupations for anyone with skin conditions because so many of the things you have to do require exactly what you're supposed to avoid such as the following (direct from the dermatologist's hand out within the last couple of weeks):
Protect your hands. Wear gloves whenever you do dishes or housework, because soap and water, cleaning products and even dust can irritate your skin. However, rubber gloves tend to get hot and make your hands sweaty, so wear cotton glove liners inside the rubber gloves to absorb perspiration or find "allergenic gloves".
For information on latex allergy, check here
Heal with hydrocortisone cream. If your skin is really inflamed and itchy, over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams can help soothe the itch. They may also diminish some of the redness.
With some types of eczema, sponge bathing is encouraged because this allows the individual to retain natural body oils and to help keep the skin from drying out.
I have not included everything on the sheet and it would be nearly impossible for anyone to live a normal life if they literally did everything that was ideal. But these should help you until your appointment.