red rash, pred or crohns?

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   Posted 11/4/2007 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
so i had to go off immuran due to liver problems, thought the rash was a side effect, perhaps an allergy to immuran.  its been 3 weeks, and the rash is getting worse.  small red itch bumps on my cheeks are driving me nuts.  seems to get worse at night and first thing in the morning.  i started tapering off pred to start remicade this month hoping this would make it better? no such luck, only getting worse.  anyone else?
diagnosed in 2006, had crohns for 10 years
area affected illeum, small intestine, 
asacol, prednisone 40mg, Imuran, small bowel resection 2006.  just diagnosed with SLE this year, still waiting to see a rumey.

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   Posted 11/4/2007 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I had great success on remicade however it was for a fistula which eventually closed somewhat. The fistula did not go away completely however it no longer effects my life on a daily basis . I would recommend Remicade to anyone .

CD since 1988,

Cocktail of medications ( Remicade included) and have explored many herbal remedies.

Currently experiencing another flair up after 4 years of remission.


"Life is like a box of chocolates you never know what your going to get inside" 

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   Posted 11/4/2007 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had a facial rash for a while now, since I was on Remicade. At first I thought it was a malar (sp?) rash like in Lupus because I was having Remicade serum sickness, but my doctors said it was a different kind of rash, they said maybe it's rosacea. I was on Prednisone for an acute flare and obstruction and the rash got better, but then when I tapered off, it got worse. Now it's better again on the 6MP, got a little worse when I had to stop taking the 6MP because of stomach pains and a head cold.

All I know for sure is that it's inflammatory in nature since the antiinflammatories and immunosuppressants seem to make it better. One of these days when I can stop going for zillions of GI doctor visits and tests I'll make an appointment with a dermatologist, but I'm not getting my hopes up that he'll know what it is either.

In the mean time, I wear more makeup when I go out, and make sure to scrub it off well when I come home. It is a little better again on the 6MP, but not completely gone.
49 years old, Crohn's Disease   
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicadeback on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 11/4/2007 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I developed a rash right after the second induction infusiton of the Remicade. Initially it was part of the lupus-like syndrome I had in reaction to the Remicade and most of it went away after a few weeks. I have since switched to Humira and have several spots on my cheecks that itch several times a day, sometimes get bigger and sometimes get dry and crusty. I have an apointment with a dematologist in two weeks- I'll let you know what he says.
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