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   Posted 11/14/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
So as I expected the Prednisone has made me careless and I've been eating lots of fast food, chocolate, and drinking lots of beer since I finally got my appetite back. All the sugar, grease, and dehydration caught up with me overnight and I woke up this morning with my face completely broken out. The biggest problem is the inflammation, I have million red spots all over my face cry If it were just a few pimples I could cover it with makeup but I can't cover this much red...does anyone have any tricks or ideas to get rid of the inflammation? I've been drinking lots of water and green tea today but I don't know what else to do and I'm not leaving the house until my face is normal again lol.
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   Posted 11/14/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Witch hazel extract topically might help. But it would be a lot faster to just not eat the junk in the first place.... Sorry, not helpful!

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   Posted 11/14/2009 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL, don't be so hard on yourself, I'm sure it's not that may not have necessarily been the food, pred can cause acne issues, once the pred is out of your system then it goes away...I found proactiv acne treatment to be very helpful...I would on occassion have acne issues on my back from pred.

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I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
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   Posted 11/15/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree that it is more than likely the Pred causing this and not your food unless you possibly ate something your were allergic too???? Good luck!
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   Posted 11/15/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi MissCris, just a thought prompted by Nanners suggestion that it might be a reaction to food...what do the red spots look like? Do you have any little blisters? Does it itch?

I ask because there is some evidence that Crohn's disease and celiac disease frequently occur together. You say you've been drinking lots of beer, which is made from barley, which contains gluten. There is a skin condition associated with celiac disease called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH); it usually occurs on knees, elbows and buttocks but I've heard of it showing up on the face too. Here is a link to some info on it; if you do have DH you will have to follow a gluten free diet:

Of course, for your sake I hope it's NOT DH! :)

My husband broke out with DH after drinking beer over Superbowl weekend....poor guy, he's had such a time getting rid of it!

BTW, the gluten free diet is recommended for Crohn's disease fact, an even stricter diet (also gluten free) called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet has yielded wonderful results for some people:

Good luck with everything!!
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