Just read this thread, right before I was going to post a new one asking, "How many CD sufferer's also have Rosacea?"
I've been on Imuran on and off for a couple years now. I started taking it again in November of '09 (and have continued to take it since then). In March, I was diagnosed with Rosacea. Up till this point, the only facial rashes I've ever had are Sebhoreic Derma*** in my eyebrows that comes and goes and is treatable with Head and Shoulders Shampoo. But since March, the eye brow rash has been persistent, along with the Rosacea rash on my nose and cheeks. Luckily, Finacea cream is able to keep it under control, but if I go a couple days without using the cream, the rash comes back with a vengeance.
Around 12 years ago, I started to get a rash on my chest. The dermatologist diagnosed it as "bacterial folicular dermatitis", and prescribed oral sulfa drugs and benzoyl peroxide to cure it. This helped, but has been a persistent problem for 12 years now. Since I discontinued the prednisone last Feb, and as the Imuran has become more effective, the chest rash has been *much* harder to keep in check.
One interesting point about
all this is that Rosacea is now considered an "inflammation response" disease, and the latest oral drug used to help fight it is aimed at reducing inflammation. Sounds a lot like Crohn's, eh? Another interesting point: some very promising results for controlling rosacea have come from using certain antibiotics to kill a certain bacteria in the GI tract. For one particular type of Rosacea, killing that particular gut germ completely clears up Rosacea. There's just gotta be some connection between rosacea and crohns.... inflammatory diseases, gi tract germs, etc.
It's just odd that taking Imuran has helped the GI inflammation immensely, yet has exacerbated the inflammation type associated with Rosacea, causing it to manifest itself (as I'm reminded every morning in the mirror).
My latest Liver Enzyme and CBC blood tests are all normal. So the Imuran isn't causing any problems, yet it sure brought on the rashes!
VERY IMPORTANT EDIT: Please DO NOT ASSUME that if you see a rash on your face, and you're taking immuran (or anything else for that matter), that you must just have Rosacea, like that guy on the Healing Well forums was talking about
. A BUTTERFLY SHAPED RASH ON YOUR FACE CAN BE VERY SERIOUS. ANY TIME you get a rash, (and especially a butterfly shaped rash on your face) SEE YOUR DOCTOR. Tell him/her your entire medical history, and what drugs you are currently taking. LET HIM/HER decide if you have rosacea, or anything else for that matter.
Post Edited (CrohnsDaddy) : 9/10/2010 2:03:27 PM (GMT-6)