Anyone have problems with Skin Rashes??

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   Posted 10/11/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Since having my hysterectomy in March, I continue to get these rashes on my skin.  They are very itchy, burning and puffy.  I went to the doctor twice now (since cortisone would not work) and they gave me a prescription steroid cream.  It works!!!
My question is.......could this be a coincidence? or Crohn's related?  The only flare that I have ever noticibly had since my diagnosis is sever abdominal pain.  I had surgery for a blockage back in 2008, and have been off of meds since then.  I continue to have diarrea though. (small price)  I watch what I eat. (no skins or seeds, mostly no raw veggies or fruits)  I just don't know.  I have always had different joint issues, but none that are that bothersome to disrupt my life.
Any insight would be great.  I just need to know if I am crazy or if I should see my GI about this?  I hate to go to him for a skin problem if it is not related.
Thanks for all of your help!!  :)
Dx w/Crohn's 5/07

Currently taking no drugs!!  :)

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   Posted 10/11/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had skin rashes on and off my whole life. It is frustrating. Usually on my arms and face. It can be embarassing especially in summer when you want to wear sleevless tops. I had a partial hysterectomy 05 but also had my re-section and dx of Crohns all in the same year. I asked my Dr. about the rashes and she said sometimes going through menopause will cause rashes. I have read that Crohns patients usually suffer from skin disorders. I get hives very easily and on random days am allergic to skin lotions, and sometimes my dishsoap...just depends. I think being on different med's and having D alot causes your skin break out. I think the steroid creme should work good for you. Good luck!
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   Posted 10/11/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Several types of skin rash can accompany Crohn's disease. None of these rashes are unique to Crohn's, however. They can occur on their own or can accompany other diseases.

Pyoderma gangrenosum. This is a type of skin ulcer. It tends to appear on the lower legs but can occur anywhere. It starts with a small bump or blister, then expands to a deep, painful ulcer. Multiple ulcers can appear at once. Pyoderma gangrenosum can appear even if intestinal disease is under control.
Erythema nodosum. This is an inflammation of fat underneath the skin's surface. It appears as red, painful lumps on the lower legs and sometimes on the thighs or arms. It tends to appear when intestinal disease is more active.
Necrotizing small vessel vasculitis. Vasculitis is an inflammation of blood vessels which leads to bleeding underneath the skin. It can appear as small red spots or larger bruises, usually on the legs or arms.

You really should have your GI take a look to see if it's any that I mentioned above...atlhough you'd think most dermatologists would know right off the bat but that's not always the case either.

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