Benzene & benzyl alcohol

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broomhilda
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   Posted 1/10/2008 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Allow me the luxury to ramble on this one.  Any comments are welcome.  Allergies to benzene & benzyl alcohol are rare.  My ongoing battle with not being able to take OTC Tylenol but tolerating Percocet (which has Tylenol in it), lead me to some label reading.  Hmmmm....now I've always attributed my migraine sensitivities to car exhaust, certain perfumes and processed/smoked meats to be just that, a migraine trigger.  Well lo and behold I pulled Tylenol products off the shelf and started reading.  Interesting stuff.  Depending on which type of Tylenol product you purchase can give you a whole host of inactive ingredients.  You guessed it...the ones with benzyl alcohol were the ones causing me all the trouble.  There is another whole host of synonyms for benzene & benzyl alcohol which I will spare you at this time unless you need it.  My whole point is this.  Benzyl alcohol is also used as a preservative in injectables.  Specifically B12.  No, it's not in Humira.  Also it can be found in saline washes for IV lines such as they do prior to and after a Remicaide infusion.  Now, I had mild hives everytime I went for the Remecaid infusions which they claim was the Remecaid.  Let's see it's also in preparation H ointment and occurs naturally in cloves, raspberries, tea, cocoa, honey, mushrooms, snap peas, grapes and wine.  Oh yeah....benzene is found in car exhaust, perfumes and processed meats or smoked meats.  So.....now I have this rash which I can't get rid of the Derm says psorasis, the GI says fungal and wants the Derm to do a fungal scrape (whatever the heck that is) and Broomhilda suspects fungal or a drug reaction because of the benzyl alcohol.  The saga continues....
 
I once had oral thrush on my tongue that I treated for 3 days with fresh crushed garlic applied once a day for a nano second.  It burns.  However, it has antifungal properties.  So tonight I'm trying the garlic on the rash....husband says I have to sleep alone and I smell worse than the dog!  If it works, it's fungal.  If it doesn't I'll try some benedryl and see what happens.  See the GP next week and will share all of this with him.  The final note....benzene is a know irratant for people with CD.  Just though I'd share...thanks for listening!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


Zanne
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   Posted 1/11/2008 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I am just amazed at the stuff we can come up with when our doctors are no help. I started getting migraines about 4 or 5 years ago. I came up with some of the same triggers as you, but then, not always. I gave up trying to figure them out and just started taking topamax. Of course that causes me to not sleep, so now I have to deal with that. Once again, I had to figure that out, doctor was no use! Also no use trying to help me deal with it.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


broomhilda
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   Posted 1/11/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Zanne- What type of CD meds are you on? I know I have to take my Imuran at night because it gives me migraines as well aside from all the triggers above.
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


Zanne
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   Posted 1/11/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on 6mp, tapering prednisone, Xifaxan, Bentyl as needed, I think that is about it for actual CD drugs. I'm on a lot of things for issues that are side effects of the drugs or CD, like Previcid and B12. I started taking my 6mp at night about a year and a half ago when I had to go off for a while and started back up. I had read all the posts about it causing issues when people were starting and the best way to avoid those was to take it at night. I had been on it for so long that I couldn't remember if it had caused me problems in the begining, so I just went for a night time dose.

For the most part the Topamax has the migraines under control now. But we just started playing with the way I take the doses because I was taking a higher dose at night and after about 6 weeks I finally put 2 and 2 together and figured out that was the reason I wasn't sleeping. I tend to have a paradoxal reaction to medications. Things that cause most people to be sleepy, cause me to be more alert. Most pain meds, benedryl, some sleeping pills and now Topamax can be added to that. Since I switched the dosing I'm having more headaches but I'm hoping that will even out in a few days or I will have to go back to the old dosing and try to get Ambien or something like it.

It really does amaze me that we have to do so much research for ourselves. Even for some of the most basic of issues. I think we should all be given honorary Docorate degrees!
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


pb4
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   Posted 1/11/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
While scientists still do not fully know what causes psoriasis, research has significantly advanced our understanding. One important breakthrough began with the discovery that kidney-transplant recipients who had psoriasis experienced clearing when taking cyclosporine. Since cyclosporine is a potent immunosuppressive medication, this indicates that the immune system is involved.

Immune Mediated. Researchers now believe that psoriasis is an immune-mediated condition. This means the condition is caused by faulty signals in the body’s immune system. It is believed that psoriasis develops when the immune system tells the body to over-react and accelerate the growth of skin cells. Normally, skin cells mature and are shed from the skin’s surface every 28 to 30 days. When psoriasis develops, the skin cells mature in 3 to 6 days and move to the skin surface. Instead of being shed, the skin cells pile up, causing the visible lesions.

Genes. Researchers have identified genes that cause psoriasis. These genes determine how a person’s immune system reacts. These genes can cause psoriasis or another immune-mediated condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or type 1 diabetes. The risk of developing psoriasis or another immune-mediated condition, especially diabetes or Crohn’s disease, increases when a close blood relative has psoriasis.

Family History. Some people who have a family history of psoriasis never develop this condition. Research indicates that a “trigger” is needed. Stress, skin injuries, a strep infection, certain medications, and sunburn are some of the known potential triggers. Medications that can trigger psoriasis are anti-malarial drugs, beta-blockers (medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions), and lithium. Dermatologists have seen psoriasis suddenly appear after a person takes one of these medications, gets a strep infection, or experiences another trigger.
 
There are different forms of psoriasis too...from the more common one people associate psoriasis too, the white scaley rashes to simple itchy red bumps all by themselves which can look similar to hives and red bumps with little white heads as well.

A fungal scrape is when they actually scrape the area so they can get some skin too and then send it off to a lab to confirm results...I've heard it can be painful since I believe they have to take a few layers of the dermis under the area of where the skin issue is.

:)


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

Post Edited (pb4) : 1/11/2008 6:28:31 PM (GMT-7)

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