Rash on my legs

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   Posted 1/10/2009 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't been on in months!  I guess when your feeling good, you try and forget about this disease.  Lately I've been getting spotty, red rashes on both legs that are itchy and painful.  Nothing seems to be working (ie:vitamins, lotions).  My doctors says that I'm def. in a flare and will have to restart Remicade.  Any suggestions on how to help this until then?
28yo - dx:2003
Current meds: Pentasa, B12, iron, calcuim.  Restarting Remicade next week:(

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   Posted 1/10/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
are they like big red spots that are raised at all?
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   Posted 1/10/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Not too raised..just very itchy! My doctor says that once I receive the Remicade they will go away, but I can't wait until then

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   Posted 1/10/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey!  I have the same thing and there is nothing you can do except get your flare under control and even then it can take a while - mine open up and leave awful scars.  It always happens on my legs and arms until this last time - it happened on my face - that was really bad.
Good luck but again nothing helps me at all...it hurts and itches even when water hits it - showers are hell.
38 yr old female, mother to 2 wonderful boys.
Diagnosed with CD in 2000.  Currently taking 150mg Azasan and Remicade every 7 weeks. 
In 2004 suffered from Hypersensitivity to Prednisone and can no longer take it.
Hand surgery due to Prednisone use in 2005 
Diagnosed with Endometriosis in 1984; one surgery in 1998 followed by Lupron treatment for 6 months (was put in drug induced menopause)
Suffered ruptured ectopic pregnacy in 2001; multiple miscarrages
Diagnosed with Fibromialgia in 2004

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   Posted 1/10/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Weird... I get rashes on my legs, too... Usually just above my knees... It's always temporary, though... *Comes back after a while* Since it's temporary, I don't worry about it... //^_^\\'... It can be quite annoying, though...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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   Posted 1/10/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
The only relief I've found for the miserable itchy-burny rash that you're describing is oral benadryl or cortisone cream - depending on how "awake" you have to be.

It sucks. I hope your treatments get you straightened out soon.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)
Stopped Humira August 22nd, 2008.
Went Gluten-Free, noticing some definite improvement.
Started LDN October 27th, and already LOVING IT.

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   Posted 1/11/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
You may want to do some research on Erythema Nodosum. It is one of the many fun non-intestinal manifestations that Crohn's can throw at you for a little wrinkle. It generally appears as a very painful inflammation - raised nodules - red or purple in color - on the face of your lower legs (shins). If mild, it may resolve itself over 3-6 weeks, if more severe it requires prednisone, cortisone etc.

  • CD dx '86. Re-section '93. Dx Crohn's Colitis '98.
  • Participation in Remicade trials (fistulae) late 90's.
  • Manifestations of fissures, fistula, scleritis, polyarthralgia and erythema nodosum.
  • Presently on Imuran, Cipro, Flagyl
  • Remicade (2nd attempt - after 10 yrs - failed).  

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   Posted 1/11/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the help!

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   Posted 1/11/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
In the meantime, try rubbing extra virgine olive oil on your rash, don't worry, your skin will abosrb the oilyness and it's an excellent moisturizer which I use daily on my whole body.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 1/11/2009 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I get these now too. My family doc said it's a form of eczema SPECIFICALLY for those with AI disorders. They disappeared once I started steroids in July. Though we did attempt steroid cream at first until we realized I was likely in a flare and off to the GIs I went!
Kaycie - Age: 26
Crohn's - Dx Nov 05
Failed Remicade, moving onto a Clinical Trial called ABT-874 - Tentative start date - 10/2/08 - 10/16/08  - Infusion, every 4 weeks.
IVF #1 (In-Vitro Fertilization) - Failed
IVF #2 - IVIg, Heparin, Baby Aspirin - TWIN GIRLS!!!
Reagan Dawn - 8/2/07 - Lived 1 hour 27 minutes due to Cloaca, NOT affiliated with my Crohn's
Addison Maria - 8/2/07 - 13 months old

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