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Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/13/2010 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys,

In the great scheme of things this is a minor issue, but something that is bothering me a bit. We've had an uncharacteristic cold spell here in the warm south -- under freezing 24/7 for about a week, normal temps this time of year 40-50*.

So lots of dry air outside, plus dry inside from all the heated air...I like hot showers even when it's warm, plus have the thin skin from the meds...so lots of dry skin. I use Dove sensitive moisturized bath soap, plus Lubriderm ultra-sensitive moisturizer (when I remember to put it on). I also take supplemental fish oil.

So normally I'm dry & maybe itchy, but.....I seem to be leaking this year! I've got spots and scratches all over that are just enough for a bit of blood to leach out and small scabs to form. It's not anything I'm doing, just the dry thin skin not holding up to conditions.

Any suggestions? I can only use scent-free sensitive skin products, and am fairly lazy when it comes to remembering to put stuff on -- more fish oil? I'm down to 4mg prednisone, do other meds also thin the skin?

Thanks
(Current meds - Plaquenil, Prednisone, Prioxicam, Wellbutrin, Trazodone, Xanax, Valtrex, Nystatin)
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redrose77
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   Posted 1/13/2010 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
there is a place called kristine'sshower that sells shea butter body butter and you can get it unscented. It is the only thing I can think of right now. I only ordered from there once because I don't often use the products but it was good on the order I did do. I think you can probably find shea butter from other places it was just the first place to get it without scent that came to mind.

Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sj√∂gren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar
"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence


FW
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   Posted 1/13/2010 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I use Cetaphyl soap and lotion. Very mild. Hope you feel better!
Take care, Fran

Dx: Lupus, sjogren's, celiac, severe allergies.
Daily Meds: Plaquenil, Zyrtec. Aciphex, Nasacort, Prozac, Ambien CR, CellCept, Bactrim
Daily Supplements: Calcium, B-100 Complex, Daily Vitamins.
As Needed Meds: Epinephrine, Benadryl, Proventil, Xopenex, Tylenal, Darvocet, Prednisone.


MJLD
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   Posted 1/13/2010 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Lynnwood,
Just as a precautionary, i'm wondering if you should mention this to your doc. I took fish oil for a short while and had to be taken off because I started having nose bleeds. It can have a blood thinning effect. Just a thought. I def. wouldn't increase it without speaking to the doc.
Judy

Leta
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   Posted 1/13/2010 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lynwood,

I am sorry you are suffering with the dry skin. Itchy, cannot reach, eeeek.

One thing that is cheap and I use is extra virgin Olive Oil. I had an old Rheumie recommend it along time ago and at first I thought she was being condescending. I now know she is from the Middle East and have heard this elsewhere, and I now use it. You can also add it to a warm bath and just let it soak in. It works great!

Hope this helps,
Leta
sle 01 w/autonomic 11/05, photosensitive 04/04, sjogren's 01, ra 01, fibro 8/05, sinus tachycardia 6/04, asthma 96, allergies 6/04, idiopathic neuropathy/neuro pain 11/05. Epilepsy 3/06-gone, TIA 5/06, Porphyria 5/06, Vitamin D def 4/07, Iron def ferritin 8/07, Chronic migraines 01.Meds- baclofen 20 mg, prenatal tabs, potassium, vit D 50,000, qvar, xopenex, singulair, plaquenil 400 mg, tramadol 50mgx3, motrin 600mgx3, famotadine, darvocet 100x2 prn, amitriptyline 25mg, maxalt, topamax 150mg, tigan


okie
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   Posted 1/13/2010 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
These are some suggestions from the lupus foundation. I have some horrible cracks on the bottom of my feet. I have beeen using avon theareputic foot care. hich works pretty well but it isn't for the whole body. sorry I had to print it out I couldn't get think to work.
 
 

Home Care

It may help to change your bathing habits:

  • Keep baths or showers short.
  • Use warm (not hot) water.
  • Use as little soap as possible. Limit its use to face, armpits, and genitals if you can. Try mild cleansers like Aveeno or Cetaphil or mild soaps like Neutrogena or Dove.
  • Dry your skin thoroughly but gently -- pat, DON'T rub.
  • Take baths or showers less often.

Also, increase skin and body moisture:

  • Use bath oils and moisturizers at least daily. Thick, greasy moisturizers work best. Avoid products with alcohol. Apply just after a bath or shower, when your skin is still damp.
  • Use a humidifier if the air is dry.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Apply cool compresses to itchy areas, and try over-the-counter cortisone creams or lotions if your skin is inflamed. If this is not enough, talk to your doctor about possible prescription lotions.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your doctor if:

  • You feel itchy without a visible rash
  • Dryness and itching are preventing you from sleeping
  • You have any open cuts or sores from scratching
  • Home care measures do not relieve your dryness and itching
carol



systemic sclerosis,scleroderma,sleep apnea, anemia, COPD
 

 But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
 

Post Edited (okie) : 1/13/2010 9:34:35 PM (GMT-7)


MJLD
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   Posted 1/14/2010 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
The olive oil thing works. I've made olive oil soap before and it was awesome! Judy

PattyLatty
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   Posted 1/14/2010 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Lynn,

Bath & Body Works has a foot cream called "Heel of Approval" that I bought when my heels were dry and cracking. It worked so well for me that I use it all over my body. My skin is very very dry, although it doesn't bother me except for the cracking on my heels. I have bought it twice, both when it was on a 2 for 1 sale, and I stocked up. I just checked their website for you and there's a 2 for 1 going on now, which makes in $10 a jar.

www.bathandbodyworks.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=2484529&cm_mmc=Google-_-BBW%20Brand%20Exact_Brand%20And-_-exact-_-bath%20and%20body%20works

It contains AHA Alpha Hydroxy Acid, so you shouldn't use it on your face or other body parts that are in constant contact with the sun. That said, we should all avoid face creams that contain AHA.

Hope you find something that works.

Pat
SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.

plaquenil, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, niaspan, lyrica, tri-est, cymbalta,


Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/14/2010 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the thoughts. I'll have to try something....
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lunacygotme79
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   Posted 1/14/2010 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
It's to bad you have to use scent free..the one product (for bathing) I use which I found makes my skin feel so much better and does not make me break out in weird spots is this:
 
 
I hope it gets better for you!
 

Diagnosed 2009- 30 years old: Lupus (SLE);Rheumatoid Arthritis; Dermatomyositis; Optic Neuritis; Microscopicolitis; Chronic Gastritis; Cryptitis

Meds: Prednisone 20mg daily, starting Methotrexate injections 10ml once a week 12/11/2009, Prenisone eye drops daily.

 
 


okie
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   Posted 1/14/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Luni, funny you should mention that because  was thinking about avons sugar scrub.

http://reviews.avon.com/5588/33911/reviews.htm Idon't know if they have any in unscented though.



systemic sclerosis,scleroderma,sleep apnea, anemia, COPD
 

 But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
 


lucysgd
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   Posted 1/14/2010 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
  I use natural almond oil in the winter when my skin is dryest - too greasy in the summer.    The olive oil makes sense as well - may try that, too.  Hope you find something that helps.
Lucy
diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; UCTD & osteoporosis 2007; celiac 2009
meds: Plaquenil 400 mg, occasional low dose xanax for sleep aid, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, Advil/aspirin prn and lots of vitamins
 
 


Weleetka
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   Posted 1/15/2010 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
CeraVE.... and AM Lactin.... alternate them....

puccini914
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   Posted 1/16/2010 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
You can make your own sugar scub with brown sugar and olive oil. If you don't have a probalem with pure essential oils, adding a little lavender is nice to and good for the skin. I use Aveeno soap and lotion and it works pretty good. I put hand cream on all the time, and if my feet get bad, I coat them in vaseline and put sock on before bed. I also run a vaporizor and have a pot of water that sits on top of our wood stove. I'm also in the south, North Georgia Mountains, and it was so cold that they closed the schools for nearly a week because of ice on the roads. Good luck. Jennifer

Jennifer

PCP pretty convinced- Lupus , Taking plaquenil,Propranolol,  Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Lortab.  Prednisone 15mg daily added 03/09.   Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.

 

 


alienwife
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   Posted 1/16/2010 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
hi lynn,

sorry you are having the itchies - i was just in ATL last week & it was BRUTALLY cold for your area! i broke out in a rash that went from my shoulders to my ankles & was just super crawly itchy - red, scabby, nastiness - i was leaking right along with you . . .

i make my own body butter with no fragrance . . . mango butter, shea butter, palm oil, coconut oil, (equal parts of these four) yellow (not refined) beeswax (approx 1/8 the amount of the first four) . . . whip it with a stick blender with water (double amount to the butters & oils - if you use 1 ounce of each of the butters, use 2 oz. water - but add a little more if you prefer your lotions/body butters a little less thick) to make it spreadable . . . basically, you just melt them all together, add the water, whip it until its creamy & use . . . its great for the crawly itchies - put it on right after a shower & it will sink in to the skin & leave a water barrier that will actually bead when you take those hot showers . . . with no fragrance in it, it works great on sensitive skin, but you could also add a drop of spearmint & eucalyptus essential oils (NOT fragrance oils) to help calm down the irritation . . . don't be put off if there is a little bit of a "gritty" feel to it - that is from the shea, mango & beeswax - it will melt as you rub it on to your skin . . . like i said before, best time to use it is immediately after a shower - pat dry & use immediately while your skin is still damp.

if you want to try this, let me know & i will send you the website where you can order the supplies to make it. not cheap, but works oh so wonderful . . . i can't use olive oil because olive products trigger flares for me, even when applied to the skin, but this is on the same principal of using something completely natural
Anne

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
-Albert Einstein

Dx: SLE, Sjogren's, Reynaud's, Peripheral Neuropathy


Lynnwood
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   Posted 1/16/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
OK, I understand all the lotions & butters & such for dry skin...

Not so sure what the sugar scrub is for??? I can't imagine any kind of "scrub" would do well with the prednisone-induced thin skin that I was considering as the main part of the problem?

I must be missing something, or am suffering from brain fog again....
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puccini914
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   Posted 1/17/2010 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lynnwood, sugar scrubs help slough off the dead flaky skin on top and then the oils super hydrate the skin underneath. If you just keep putting lotion on top of the flaky spots, it not really going to penetrate. It's the flaky spots that make you itchy as well and the sugar scrubs really feel good, too. I don't have the prednisone super thin skin, yet so I'm not sure how the scrub would do for you. I would also make sure you're eating enough good fats. I went on a fat free diet for a while before I had my gall bladder out and it made my skin super fragile and dry and even made my hair real brittle. As much as we have to watch our weight on the prednisone , it's sometimes hard to remember that fats do keep our cells moisturized and we do need some in our diet unless otherwise advised by a doctor. I've never tried the fish oil because so many have shellfish ingredients and I'm highly, dangerously allergic to shellfish. I wish you the best of luck. Jennifer

Jennifer

PCP pretty convinced- Lupus , Taking plaquenil,Propranolol,  Flexeril,Claritin, Zantac,Ambien,vitamin B-12, multi- vitamin, Lortab.  Prednisone 15mg daily added 03/09.   Mom of 2 boys 1 and 6.  Symptoms: Fatigue, joint pain, heat/sun sensitivity, mouth and nose sores, malar rash, migranes, awful hives, positive ANA, and RF.

 

 

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