Chron's disease

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/30/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnose with  Chrohn disease  one year ago. I've never had dry skin problems before .  Since then,I have lost 16 pounds and my skin is so dry ,it feel like aligator skin all over my body. I mosturize myself with different type of skin lotion but nothing seems to help. I also drink a lot of water.At the present time ,I am not on any doctors medications for my chrohn.I take L-glutamine,omega 3 ,probiotic, multi vitamine.magnesium.How can I solve my skin problem.

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   Posted 1/30/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
It sounds to me like you are suffering from dehydration. Do you have problems with diarrhea? Try drinking more water. Coffee, colas, tea -- anything with caffeine doesn't count. You need at least 8 glasses of water a day and more if you have diarrhea. In fact if you are drinking caffeinated beverages you will be adding to your problems because caffeine dehydrates.

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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   Posted 1/30/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Belleenstein:
Thanks for answering so fast .I don't have diarrhea,I drink at least 8 glasses of water per day and I don't drink tea, coffee, colas or anythings with caffeine that's why I am so concern with this dried skin problem.I feel dehydrated ,i am so dry.


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   Posted 1/30/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I have this same problem and a friend of mine gave me a bottle of Neutragina body oil ---it seems to work for me. Also, if you have trouble with your face being dry try this:
mix 4 tbs. of powdered milk, 2 tbs. honey and 2 tbs warm water. Avoid the eyes and rest a warm wash cloth over it for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. It tends to be a little sticky but very soothing.
age 41,diagnosed with CD in 11/07, Rx Pentasa 4000mg and Remicade.

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   Posted 1/30/2009 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
How much omega 3s do you take? For me, I find the combo of flax seed oil and borage oil (taken internally, sold by Barleans) really helps me through the winter months. I know it's a combination of 3s, 6s and 9s, but it works for me! I take cod liver oil as well. Hot showers are bad, but you probably know that! Have you tried moisturizing with either virgin coconut oil or olive oil? Many report great success! In the winter, sometimes I moisturize before my shower just so the shower doesn't cause too much drying.

You might also like to try this link under "ailments" and then "skin" or "dry skin" for more ideas:

Good luck!
Mom to 16 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Incorporate Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too.

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   Posted 1/30/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I use extra virgin olive oil as a body (and hair) moisturizer everyday, it does wonders, it soaks in so you don't feel oily all day or anything, it's been soo good for my skin and hair and nails and the odd time I bath instead of shower I will pour some into the tub as well (but I don't wash my hair in the tub with it).

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

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   Posted 1/31/2009 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Not sure where you live as winter weather can also dry out the skin I put a pan of water on the wood stove because of dry air gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still gail

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   Posted 1/31/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I am thinking along the same lines as gachrons. If you live in a cold climate - its the seasom for dry, itchy skin. Try a humidifier. I found this has helped me in the past. Also the body oil is a good idea or any cream with glycerin. I have already had to use Gold Bond Cream in the past too.
Crohns almost 17 years. No surgeries. Currently taking Imuran and Entocort. Also take multivitamin/mineral supplement, omega -3 oil, calcium and vitamin D. Eat lots of yogurt. Limit wheat and gluten as much as I can.

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