Underarm Rash, caused by prednisone?

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stereofidelic89
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   Posted 2/21/2012 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I developed a red, bumpy and very itchy rash a day ago under my arms and now its ridiculously irritated because I can't stop some of the itching. I've called my doc, waiting for a call back..

So far I've treated it by shaving off stems of my Aloe Vera plant and rubbing it on both areas, but that stops itching for barely a few hours.

I'm wondering if this is my body's reaction to getting off prednisone a week ago? Or if its that I switched to Tom's natural Deoderant. The only irritants in this deodorant I would think are Hops & Lavender.

I should note that once I started prednisone I developed a bad rash all over my back, however, it was never itchy and went away when I tapered lower than 10mg. That was a few months ago.

Post Edited (stereofidelic89) : 2/21/2012 9:34:13 AM (GMT-7)


fruitgirl
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   Posted 2/21/2012 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
My guess is the deodorant. How long ago did you switch?
Symptomatic remission as of May 2009
Colonoscopy in Oct. 2011 showed no inflammation
Symptoms began in Nov. 2008, about 4 weeks after birth of first child
Diagnosed with pancolitis in Jan. 2009
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ManhattanMama
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   Posted 2/21/2012 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Along with itchy, dry skin I also break out with acne all over my face and chest while on prednisone. My family also has a history of eczema. I switched to all 'sensitive' soaps (Dove is my preference) and creams with no fragrance or dyes in them including deodorant. You can also find Aveeno cream for itchy dry skin or go to the baby isle and find a small tube of Aquaphor (similar to vaseline but used for diaper area). This will create a barrier to your skin to help it heal. Just apply a thin layer twice a day over a few days. Our dermatologist suggested these ideas before going to a prescription cream.

I've tried Calendula oil and coconut oil for dry skin but these don't seem to work for me but others find it useful. Good luck!
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in May of 2005 at age of 33
Maintenance Plan: 2 (750mg) Colazal three times a day
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Treatment during Flare-Up : Cortifoam, Rowasa Enemas & Prednisone (40mg & taper)
Tried Lialda with terrible side effects in Dec 2008- went back to Colazal
Tried balsalazide disodium Nov2011-led to flare-up-back on Colazal
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stereofidelic89
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   Posted 2/21/2012 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I switched about a month ago, and I've been doing great until yesterday morning. I stopped prednisone on thursday at 1mg. Thanks for the help Manhattanmama, I'm going to look into those itch creams, I still feel like this is prednisone related somehow.
College Senior, diagnosed severe Chrons/UC - Sept. 2011

Meds: 800mg asacol 3xdaily, NO more prednisone!
Dietary: Aloe Vera Juice, Rainbow Light Multivit, L-Glutamine, Omega3 Fish Oil, SCD, Red Cabbage Juice
Amazing Herbs: Slippery Elm, Licorice & Marshmallow Root / Peppermint & Chamomile
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quincy
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   Posted 2/21/2012 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
It's definitely the Tom's. I used the Tom's calendula for about over 10 years...then last spring I developed a rash under both arms when I purchased the new and improved version..felt like fire ants stinging when I sweat.

I don't think it's the prednisone, but the pred could have made you more sensitive.

I had to change everything I used from cleanser to moisturiser to deodorant.

Use a hydrocortisone .05 on your armpits after washing and before going to bed...you need to get the reaction to stop.

The deodorant I can use now is Soft and Dri no aluminum formula (powder fresh).

I read online lots of people were reacting to the new version of Tom's deodorant...too bad since the other was just fine.

Hope you get it resolved..

q
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

stereofidelic89
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   Posted 2/21/2012 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Q your response was really helpful, because from input i've gotten from family and online, seems to point towards prednisone withdrawal, but I think its Tom's too. Tonight i'll go to our local natural products store and look for that brand or another close to it.
College Senior, diagnosed severe Chrons/UC - Sept. 2011

Meds: 800mg asacol 3xdaily, NO more prednisone!
Dietary: Aloe Vera Juice, Rainbow Light Multivit, L-Glutamine, Omega3 Fish Oil, SCD, Red Cabbage Juice
Amazing Herbs: Slippery Elm, Licorice & Marshmallow Root / Peppermint & Chamomile
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quincy
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   Posted 2/21/2012 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
The soft & dri (aluminum free) is purchased at a drug store. I also tried the adidas cotton one...PU.

My husband uses Jason soothing aloe one...but he does have problems with raw pits once in a while.. I've used it on occasion, seemed OK...but I didn't like the texture or perceived stickiness..etc.

What body wash/soap do you use?

Again, not to say that the pred withdrawal isn't the initial culprit...you are NOW reacting. So you have to make changes anyway.

The soap I found useful was Druide Pure calming for highly sensitive skin. 
http://druide.ca/Product.aspx?Productid=47150&Langue=

 
Once rashes appear...it takes a lot of $$ to seek something that doesn't react. i'm sold on what I use at this point..interestingly.

Can't express enough how ticked I am that Tom's changed the formula. lol.
q
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

Post Edited (quincy) : 2/21/2012 12:04:16 PM (GMT-7)


stereofidelic89
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   Posted 2/21/2012 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! The soap likes nice, a little pricy but definitely worth it if it helps. I am on my last body bar of Dove the cucumber melon junk, I just had to finish this round of toiletries (soap, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo) until I scrape extra dimes to buy alternatives.

Is the deodorant a stick or a gel?

My doc's nurse left a message saying that if I didnt get a reaction from the deodorant after a day or two its likely thats not the case and that I obtained a yeast infection from being on prednisone? So she prescribed me Nystatin powder. I've had candida when I started pred., got rid of it with a Nystatin mouthwash, should I expect the powder is the same thing pretty much?
College Senior, diagnosed severe Chrons/UC - Sept. 2011

Meds: 800mg asacol 3xdaily, NO more prednisone!
Dietary: Aloe Vera Juice, Rainbow Light Multivit, L-Glutamine, Omega3 Fish Oil, SCD, Red Cabbage Juice
Amazing Herbs: Slippery Elm, Licorice & Marshmallow Root / Peppermint & Chamomile
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"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle" -Plato

bloated
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   Posted 2/21/2012 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from underarm rash at least once a year since starting Humira for Crohn's. My doc says its yeast and prescribes a cream.

uc22
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   Posted 2/21/2012 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the same underarm rash that I suspected was from Humira. I treated it with a coal-tar shampoo and it went away.

stereofidelic89
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   Posted 2/22/2012 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't care so much of a rash because they can go away if medical related usually, but this rash is crazy itchy!
College Senior, diagnosed severe Chrons/UC - Sept. 2011

Meds: 800mg asacol 3xdaily, NO more prednisone!
Dietary: Aloe Vera Juice, Rainbow Light Multivit, L-Glutamine, Omega3 Fish Oil, SCD, Red Cabbage Juice
Amazing Herbs: Slippery Elm, Licorice & Marshmallow Root / Peppermint & Chamomile
----
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle" -Plato

quincy
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   Posted 2/22/2012 2:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't react right away from the deodorant...maybe a week later. But, if I'm home and not out I don't wear any deodorant, so can't say for sure the time.

Definitely try the nystatin powder....but if you were using the deodorant and washing properly, I can't necessarily see that it being yeast..unless the deodorant fed it. But..you best use it and lay off the deodorant.

The Soft&dri aluminum free is a stick.Never sticky.

The soap actually lasts longer than one would think. I'm allergic to the dove bar...but you might want to try the Dove Baby Wash unscented (don't get the the scented..it smells horrific). That's what I was using before the rash. I still use it on hands only...it's in the baby section, pump bottle and many times on sale..so a good price.

Keep us posted on how you're doing!

q
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

Dr-A
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   Posted 2/22/2012 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Never had anything like that until I went off pred and started remi. Probably happened 8 or 9 times at beginning. Itched like crazy but went away in 7-10 days for me.
36 y/o M, Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Remicade
Psyllium (palm full twice daily)
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quincy
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   Posted 2/22/2012 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
very interesting.....dr-a..did you use anything during the time you had the rash? or discontinue anything?

q
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

stereofidelic89
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   Posted 2/25/2012 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been using my cortisol cream (hydrocortisone) 2.5 morning and night... It's been a few days, the itching has lessened but I am still itching a bit, and the rash is pretty much the same I think, red and large.
College Senior, diagnosed severe Chrons/UC - Sept. 2011

Meds: 800mg asacol 3xdaily, NO more prednisone!
Dietary: Aloe Vera Juice, Rainbow Light Multivit, L-Glutamine, Omega3 Fish Oil, SCD, Red Cabbage Juice
Amazing Herbs: Slippery Elm, Licorice & Marshmallow Root / Peppermint & Chamomile
----
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle" -Plato

quincy
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   Posted 2/25/2012 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
yikes....what else have you changed? what deodorant are you using at this point?

did you try the nystatin powder?

q
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

stereofidelic89
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   Posted 2/25/2012 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I havent used deodorant in 4 days, I've been great without it too. I've just been washing my arms with Dove Cucumber melon and applying the hydrocortisone shortly after, Oy... I guess i'll have to try the nystatin powder. Upon getting this rash/itch I spoke with my pharmacist who doesn't think its prednisone related, while my doc thinks its a yeast infection. I swear it was the deodorant... I even sent back the unused toothpaste and deodorant to Toms and they will do a full refund.
College Senior, diagnosed severe Chrons/UC - Sept. 2011

Meds: 800mg asacol 3xdaily, NO more prednisone!
Dietary: Aloe Vera Juice, Rainbow Light Multivit, L-Glutamine, Omega3 Fish Oil, SCD, Red Cabbage Juice
Amazing Herbs: Slippery Elm, Licorice & Marshmallow Root / Peppermint & Chamomile
----
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle" -Plato
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