Awful skin issues - please share advice

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   Posted 6/28/2007 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all-
I am having some terrible skin problems. Been going on for about 9 months now and getting progressively worse. Derm keeps saying it is Sub Derm/Lupus and to just live with it.
It is a sub derm like rash in my under arm area, raised, very red, very itchy, extremely painful and even stopped all hair growth in my under arm area for several months. I have tried several prescription strength creams, starting trying some tea tree oil shampoo on the recommendation of a Dr. as well. Nothing is helping, it is getting redder and more painful by the day.
Anyone have any advice to share? Anything that has worked for you?

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   Posted 6/29/2007 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Diva, I'm sorry you are having problems. I imagine the heat this time of year isn't helping any. I don't have that kind of rash mine isn't raised and it's more like terrible ugly spider veins. Which will never go away. I have seen people on here sugest other things but the only one I can remember is somthing with oatmeal in it. Hopfully someone can share their results with you and get you feeling better. Don't ya just love it when a doctor tell ya to "just live with it"? Easy for them to say!

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   Posted 6/29/2007 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your message Carol. I feel like I have tried everything. Some of these Dr's just make you want to scream!

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   Posted 6/29/2007 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Diva,

Have you consulted with a Rheumatologist? They might have a suggestion for you. I can't imagine having to live with this - it sounds absolutely miserable. Another suggestion, and probably a long shot, is to talk to your pharmacist and see what they have to say. I'm with you and wouldn't have faith with someone who told me to just live with such an awful condition. I hope you get some answers. Please let us know how you're doing.

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   Posted 6/29/2007 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Diva,

I can't believe that your doc says to just live with it. Sometimes I really don't think they realize what comes out of their mouth. Have they prescribed steroid cream? That works wonders for me when I get itchy rashes which is not too often since most of my Lupus rashes don't itch but when they do its great to have that stuff. Maybe you can try a good old oatmeal bath to sooth it a bit (it really does work!!) and some of the Aveeno calming stuff. My heart goes out to you as I know itching is the worst.

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   Posted 6/29/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I have not tried the Aveno. The Rheum is no help with skin related issues which is why I spend so much time at the Derm and so much money on creams :-)

Thanks for the comments, will try oatmeal next!

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   Posted 6/29/2007 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I also suffer with really bad skin problems. I have just tried a new med after suffering a bad sun reaction. The med is called fexofenadine. It is a tablet, not a cream. I haven't found any creams that work very well either. After 2 days I noticed this was really helping. My GP said to use something simple like calamine lotion or sudocrem on top of the tablets. These meds work better when you take them before exposure to the sun. Hope you get some relief soon.  x x

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