Crohn's and rash?

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 9/24/2009 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I have not been officially diagnosed with Crohn's (working through that based on blood work that showed markers for Crohn's) but I was wondering about something.  about 1.5 years ago I developed this rash on both my hands.  Itchy (with pus) red, bumpy rash mainly between my fingers and around my knuckles.  I went to a dermatologist who diagnosed some kind of eczema and gave me some cream.  It took a while (like months awhile) but it went away.  Around a year ago is when I started having bowel issues.  Now, just in the past week or so I noticed the rash coming back on my right hand (not yet my left).  Is it possible this could be another symptom of Crohn's?  If so, maybe of a flare coming up?  I'm so confused about this disease and I don't even know if I have it or not! confused
Thanks for your input - I mainly read posts but everyone seems very helpful!

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 9/24/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Could be related to Crohns flares, or maybe it is another autoimmune disease. For me a general clue a flareup is coming is increased joint pain. So in your case its possible that the rash is a sign of a flare coming. Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/24/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I have read on many different websites that rashes, even weepy rashes, can occur in people with Crohn's.  Here's a good read on it:'s_Disease_and_Skin_Rash&
Hope that helps.
Posts refer to my 9 year old girl
  • Started with 30 mg Prednisone, tapered off over 3 months

Then continued with:

  • Pentasa, 3 blue horse-sized capsules, 3 x daily
  • Forvia multivitamin/mineral for Crohnies
  • Coromega
  • Calcium
  • VSL#3, 2 x day
  • Custom Probiotics: 6-Strain Blend, 1 x day
  • Culturelle, 1 x day

New Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 9/24/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the information - unfortunately the link didn't work (says the page is no longer available).  I really feel like I have Crohn's but it is taking forever for confirmation.  I had a colonoscopy (no biopsies) in January - clean except some internal hemmies.  I had a small bowel series done - clean.  I just had an upper endoscopy with biopsies.  I suspect that will be clean as well but have to wait until October 8th for my follow up (I just tried calling the doctor for results and they won't give them to me over the phone).  They want to do the pill cam but my insurance denied coverage.  I personally think I need another colonoscopy (with biopsies this time!) so we'll see what happens.  Anyway, I appreciate the help! :-)



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