Infected hair follicles after shaving? Or could this be a Crohn's related skin condition?

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   Posted 11/27/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Recently when I shave my legs, I get red bumps on them, which I am guessing are irritated hair follicles.  Anyhow, I have one right now that appears to be quite is red and swollen and I am really hoping it goes down! 
I am on prednisone, Imuran and just started Remicade yesterday. 
Anyone else get these?  I had one about a month ago, but it wasn't this bad.  It eventually went flat and is now the color of a dark bruise (I think it is a scar now).  I also have others that have done the same thing, but never really oozed or ulcerated (sorry to be so descriptive!).
I have read that there is a skin condition associated with Crohn's and I honestly don't know if this could be that or irritation/infection from shaving. 
I guess if it doesn't go down, I will need to get in and see my Internist, in case I need antibiotics...

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   Posted 11/28/2008 1:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, its from the prednisone. When I was on pred along time ago I could not shave my face so I grew a beard. After I got of the pred I was able to shave again. I don't use pred any more because of weight gain also.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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   Posted 11/28/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
My daughter, who doesn't have CD, has issues when she shaves. She gets red bumps that get infected and she got a prescription cream from her doctor to put on them. Actually she was told not to shave for 6 weeks to let her legs heal. Ya, right, a teenager who isn't going to shave for 6 weeks. And to change her razor blade with each shave thereafter.

But they did do a test to make sure it wasn't MRSA (?) I would go to your doctor and have them send a culture out just to be on the safe side considering that you are on Pred, Imuran and Remicade and that the first spot hasn't gone away completely. It was just a cotton swap culture, no big deal, but better safe than sorry.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 11/29/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it might be a good idea to see the derm about this, it might just be a little infection of the hair fol, but with crohns you just want to make sure that there is nothing else going on. 

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   Posted 11/29/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone! I have been soaking in epsom salt baths and that has helped. It is still red and if it looks bad on Monday, I will see about getting into the doctor.

Maybe I should switch to Nair until I am off the pred!

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   Posted 11/30/2008 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
My daughter has also had this happen--not to the extent of the one you say is really infected, but her legs are very unsightly when it does happen. She does not have CD nor is she on any meds. She found that shaving with a liquid shower soap with an antibacterial in it eliminated the problem for her. Just a thought!
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   Posted 11/30/2008 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Emom!  I will look for an antibacterial liquid soap today and start using that!  Great idea!

Thanks as well Zanne!  It is a really good idea to change razors each time!  I am also going to check into the MRSA...I don't know what that is, exactly, but I will google it!  :-)

It is looking better today, thank goodness! 

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   Posted 12/2/2008 3:13 AM (GMT -7)   
might be PFB..... any african heritage? oh thats psuedo folliculitis barbae...

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