Crohn's and Skin Problems!!!

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mkl11
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   Posted 2/14/2008 2:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I've posted here about this a few times, but the problem is reaching new heights.

Anyone here develop eczema after being diagnosed with Crohn's? My arms are COVERED in dry, red patches, including two large red rings, and this has all appeared rather suddenly. My GI claims this could be connected with my Crohn's while my dermatologist says that is "impossibly rare."

I've had mild skin irritations correlated with Crohn's (ie. pops up right before my next remicade) however I just received my remicade a couple weeks ago. I am seeing my dermatologist on Friday but in the meantime I'm just frustrated. Especially as a college student with tons of sorority parties and formals, I cannot go out with my arms looking like this. Such a minor problem compared to the ailments of many here, but still frustrating none the less!

For those of you with eczema, how have you been treated?
19, College Student, diagnosed June 2007 but feeling great
Remicade has worked wonders, now off the Prednisone!
Asacol made me worse


Howlyncat
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   Posted 2/14/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I do not have excema but I do have pyoderma Gangrenosum and those sores are to the bones at times big red and oozing yuck and puss not pretty at all and more painful than words can express
There area couple of skin issues that are from CD
Google and you will seee or check in seach engine
My bro has severe excema and he is in agony scratching all the time

Good luck and let us know
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Krica
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   Posted 2/14/2008 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I have psoriase i think is very much related to my Crohn's , the only thing that helps is going on holiday , sun and sea water. Good lucky!!

HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 2/14/2008 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi mkl! I don't have Pd and do not have an actual diagnosis for the funky skin issues I get (odd rashes and blotches spontaneously). I had a mom with psoriasis, so I don't know if it is hereditary from that or caused by the CD. I am guessing the CD from everything I have read and the fact that my medical issues are all related to my dad's issues and I do not have my mother's medical issues.

Are you happy with your derm other than his disbelief of the connection to CD? If he can resolve your skin issues without agreeing on the root cause, he would be worth sticking to. If he is not resolving the issues, you might consider a second opinion.

My mother found great relief with methotrexate for her skin condition, but couldn't stay on it due to other medical conditions. I hope you can find some relief.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
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jdiane
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   Posted 2/14/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
hmm... if there are red "rings" popping up.... you may also look into ring worm.

I have excema and rosceaca.
 
 


asacol_addict
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   Posted 2/14/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I have lesions on my body when I'm not doing well, and my doctor told me that they actually are connected to the crohn's, and if you biopsied them you might find that out. I'm not sure if it's accurate or not, but it seems really connected to me. I have an Rx steroid cream that gets rid of them.

Zazucat
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   Posted 2/14/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I developed excema a few months after stopping Remicade... my doctor doubted that there was a connection, but I think there could possibly be a connection there. I've never had excema before. I got a script for a topical steriod and the patches on my arms cleared up within a few weeks. I've also been having really, really dry skin and scar issues... Crohn's is weird.
 


pb4
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   Posted 2/14/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I had eczema waaaay before crohns, it's common to have more than one autoimmune disease.

:)
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broomhilda
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   Posted 2/14/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Didn't have skin "issues" until the Crohn's diagnosis. Some Dr.s say fungal, some say psoriasis, seeing a new derm next week....Been dealing with the red ring thing & scaly patches all over my body for 2 years and I'm totally frustrated with just about every Rx creams, OTC remedies. Only thing that has helped me is a bath brush, castile soap, mineral oil laced with tea tree oil. AAAAAAARRRRGGGG!
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.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 2/14/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
My friends brother had a similar issue and going to a tanning booth for 10 minutes once/week kept it in check. I am not sure of his exact diagnosis though and if this would be right for you. As far as your formal events go, where fancy elegant gloves!! I love elbow length gloves and wore them for prom. And for regular parties, there are plenty of sexy long sleeve shirts. Just to you feel less self conscious.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


Matthew
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   Posted 2/14/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd dispute that "Impossibly" small statement if I were you. Remind the guy there are 200 KNOWN complications of this DD!
After all these years almost nothing surprises me much anymore..


Just saying,
Matthew

broomhilda
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   Posted 2/14/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep...lost my "shock factor" already too!
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.


CrohnsDaddy
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   Posted 2/14/2008 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
FitzyK23 said...
My friends brother had a similar issue and going to a tanning booth for 10 minutes once/week kept it in check. I am not sure of his exact diagnosis though and if this would be right for you. As far as your formal events go, where fancy elegant gloves!! I love elbow length gloves and wore them for prom. And for regular parties, there are plenty of sexy long sleeve shirts. Just to you feel less self conscious.

Same here. I've had a rash that looks very similar to psoriasis on my chest and back for almost ten years now. The only thing that's ever made it go away (until prednisone) was periodic tanning sessions. I ended up stopping the tanning, though, cause the dermatologist said that the cure was worse than the disease. Prednisone made both rashes clear up (they came back almost immediately after I got off the pred), and now the Humira appears to be making progress on them as well. I also developed a new rash on my forehead about five years ago. I never had it diagnosed, but when it appeared and progressively got worse, my Crohn's symptoms got worse too. I think the Humira is starting to make it go away, too, so I'm hoping the Crohn's symptoms will start getting better as well.
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Entocort 9 mg/day, Pentasa 4 gm/day, started Humira 1/22/08. I'm convinced that Prednisone is the root of all evil, and primarily responsible for global warming.


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   Posted 2/14/2008 10:37 PM (GMT -7)   
One of the rare side effects of Remicade is ECZEMA. You might want to consider the medication as the culprit rather than the CD.
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Chasity102304
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   Posted 2/16/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Psoriasis is now listed as a possible effect of Remicade which might be your issue. I have had psoriasis for over 15 years, way before I was dx'd with crohn's. Remicade is now being used as a medication for people with severe psoraisis which is great for me becasue it clears up the spots that I have that won't go away. I would maybe check with a different dermatologist. GOOD LUCK!
Fibromyalgia DX March 2003
Crohn's DX Jan 2006 (Symptoms since 96-Misdiagnosed as "female" problems-Major flare during pregnancy in 05 which lead to DX)
1st resection July 2007
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Not2Spunky
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   Posted 3/2/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I am new here but I have had CD for 4 yrs. I had red rings on my skin as well, my GP treated me for ring worm for months. Then I went to a derm and he did BX. It turned out to be Granuloma Annular. It can get out of hand if not treated. I just wanted to let you know. KC

45 yo mother of 1.  DX with CD of the TI in 2004 with partical obstruction. Anemic, constant elevated ESR. Tried Pentasa in the past and had just as many flare-ups on as off so I quit, but need to get back on. Meds: Vit B-12 shots monthly, zinc, multi vit, Vit E and soon Pentasa and iron again.


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/2/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
There are so many skin problems and issues that are connected to CD.....On the other hand Ides is spot on as well you need to find someone that knows what they are talking about and that will help you with this

I know the sun did help with my Pyoderma last summer but because of the methotrexate I was really nauseous most of the time BUT MTX does help out for sure

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misspriss82
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   Posted 3/3/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there,

I actually had a circular red patch on my left arm that would not go away for the longest time (before I was even diagnosed with CD). My dermatologist never really figured out what it was, but it kept getting dryer/itchier and more started to show on my arms, so she put me on prednisone to get it to go away.

6 months later I was diagnosed with CD and my GI dr. informed me that the two could have actually been related, that skin irritations are a symptom of CD in some patients. Eventually, they did go away.

Last week, however, I developed a similar looking rash on my knuckles/back of my hand on the left side... like its back or something!! ack.
26 y/o, diagnosed at 25 y/o
Asacol 400mg 3 pills 3x daily
Entocort, 3 pills daily
Upset stomach daily, tired all the time (except when on Prednisone), occasional abdominal pain
Weigh loss, but scared that once I start the Entocort where will be lots of weight gain :(


map lady
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   Posted 3/3/2008 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Matthew said...
I'd dispute that "Impossibly" small statement if I were you. Remind the guy there are 200 KNOWN complications of this DD!
After all these years almost nothing surprises me much anymore..


Just saying,
Matthew
Hmm, do you know where the list is of all the 200 known complications?  I think the most I have ever seen in one place is maybe in the neighborhood of 30 and I was like wow, that's a lot.  I had no idea there were so many others until you mentioned it.  I have all sorts of bizarre health problems and would love to check out that list to see how many of those things I have are probably from the crohn's.
 
EDIT:  As far as the original topic, I have eczema too, and the prednisone does help it get much better like other people have mentioned.  Other than that I have to scrub my skin a lot with a loofah and then put on aloe (anything else seems to infect my pores) right after the shower.  Scrubbing helps the aloe absorb and gets rid of the dead itchy skin for me.  I know some people get worse eczema from scrubbing but if you haven't ever tried loofah it might help your skin clear up after a few days if your skin is irritated due to dead skin blockage.

Post Edited (map lady) : 3/3/2008 12:31:23 PM (GMT-7)

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