Itchy rash related to warfarin?

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Luvzminis
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   Posted 12/30/2017 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
A bit off-topic, but I thought maybe someone here might know about this.

My husband developed a flakey, itchy rash on areas throughout his body about a year and a half ago. It seemed to slowly spread to the various areas. He first saw our family doctor, who gave him several samples of Dove body wash and didn't have other suggestions.

I switched our detergent to 'free and clear' just to be safe. He didn't use any new or different product that would cause the problem. But---the rash continues to flare up, especially bad in summer when he perspires more, but it's nasty now, too, when he wears layers of clothes. It must feel miserable. sad

He then recently saw a dermatologist, who took skin samples. He doesn't have the results yet, though the dermatologist phoned yesterday and suggested he try a medicated (prescription) cream. I took the message and she'll phone again this coming week to talk to my husband directly.

My husband is convinced the rash is related to taking warfarin. I really have no idea, but since he was on it for 3 years, to me, it seems odd it developed somewhat later.

Hopefully, the skin samples will give some answers, but from what I was told yesterday, I'm guessing not. The dermatologist seems confident the cream will solve the problem; my husband isn't so sure. I'm hoping he'll give it a try, at least, but he feels sure the rash is related to the warfarin. Hmm...who knows?

Anyway.....does this sound at all familiar to anyone? The only itchy skin rash I've dealt with was contact dermatitis on my fingers many years ago, due to always wearing a wedding ring (I now only wear my ring occasionally). I had light treatments which did a good job clearing it up.

I hope I'm not making anyone feel itchy and scratchy! smhair Just wondering if anyone has dealt with anything similar. Thanks!
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   Posted 12/30/2017 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Luvs, I saw your post about wafarin, my husband has been on it for close to 20 years now. I checked at Drugs.com & itching & rash are listed as a rare side effect. I am like you, considering the length of time he has been on it, I would think something like this would happen when he first started taking it. Perhaps have him call & talk to his pharmacist maybe hearing it from him will help.

Take care.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 12/30/2017 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it can be a response to an allergic reaction. Do get it checked out.

/www.drugs.com/answers/warfarin-itchy-skin-over-body-side-effects-559242.html

By the way, I took Amoxicillin for years and then developed an allergy to it....a rash...and I can't take this anymore.

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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 12/30/2017 2:59:03 PM (GMT-7)


Ljm2014
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   Posted 12/30/2017 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hear ya on the developing a reaction later on..

Not sure Luvs, but when they get an idea in their head🙃

Luvzminis
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   Posted 1/2/2018 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, Susie, Sherrine, Lj, and Rockon. I really do appreciate the input and suggestions. smile

Well, the dermatologist phoned back today and told hubby that the skin sample does confirm that the rash is medication related! Since he takes no other meds except a daily baby aspirin, this narrows things down a lot!!

The next step is to check in with his cardiologist soon, and since he was due to do that anyway, this works out nicely. Hoping and praying that they can find something similar to the warfarin which wouldn't cause the rash.

He and I are both relieved that they had taken the skin sample and that it showed the rash to definitely be related to the meds. Always a "next step," though, isn't there?? Well, step-by-step is the way to go now, I guess.

Thank you all very much again! Lots of good info to chew on. smile
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Luvzminis
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   Posted 1/3/2018 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Rockon: I'm with you; I honestly don't see how that works, either! But this dermatologist seems to be very convinced of the connection. She wasn't so convinced from the start, though, according to my hubby, but she decided to request the skin sample, just in case. It's a good thing she did.

I'm hoping the cardiologist has a good suggestion, as far as med changes. I guess time will tell eventually if this is for sure the right track. My husband was convinced from the start that it was the meds. Me? I wasn't so sure. Sounds like such a skin reaction can occur but is fairly rare.

One thing I just learned yesterday and didn't mention: My husband said the rash had actually been around for quite a while longer than I had thought, though in a more mild form; he just hadn't mentioned it to me and it wasn't so visible as it is now. So it would, then, seem to be more closely related to the "start" time of his beginning to take the warfarin. So in that way, I guess the pieces do seem to fit a bit better.
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Post Edited (Luvzminis) : 1/3/2018 6:14:49 AM (GMT-7)


straydog
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   Posted 1/3/2018 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Luvzminis, at least now the puzzle is solved. My experience with my husband, no, they often leave out parts of the story, lol. Hopefully, the cardiologist can come up with another medication for him that will agree with him. Mine takes it because of a history of blood clots in his leg. I had one hit my lungs & ended up with one of the filters. Because I am at risk of falling they did not want me on a blood thinner.

Let us know what his dr decides.
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   Posted 1/12/2018 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Luv,

My husband developed an itchy rash from a medication called Tegretol. He also became sun sensitive. Sometimes the itch and the rash were so bad, he couldn't go out. The doctor and the pharmacist said he should go off of it right away, he had taken it for approximately 4 months.

After seeing three dermatologists who stated the rash had nothing to do with the Tegretol, we went to see a holistic doctor with a PHD who prescribed a special diet, supplements (which he was only on for a few months), and limited sun exposure during the bright times of the day. After a few weeks her advice worked! She believed the rash could have come from the Tegretol.

Our GP also suggested that my husband should see an immunologist. He stated the Tegretol may no longer be in the blood stream but it could still be in his tissues. It's interesting, if he still strays and eats certain inflammatory foods, his rash to a small degree can reappear. Just imagine if we didn't have the tools, he'd still be dealing with it.

I'm glad we were fortunate enough to learn what it would take to help him.

Luvzminis
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   Posted 1/15/2018 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Good to see you here, almost medfree! I did read your other post and am sorry to hear you're dealing with those issues. As always, Sherrine gave great advice.

Thank you for the info regarding your husband's reaction to Tegretol. It's always strange when those allergic reactions pop up. I'm glad they found what was causing the problem--such a huge step in fighting the battle!

It sounds like my husband is considering returning to the dermatologist and asking about further testing. So far, even going off the meds temporarily, there is very little, if any, change. So maybe, Susie, the puzzle isn't solved after all. I don't know why, though, they connected the skin sample to a medication reaction--haven't gotten the specifics on that one.

I talked to a nurse there today, as the doctor was gone for the day, and she said she thought they could probably look into further tests. We'll see.

Thanks again, and hope your husband is doing much better a.m.! smile
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   Posted Yesterday 4:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Luv! It's good to see you're still here.

I feel fortunate that I'm able to keep track, though I try not to think about it, to know what might be making me feel worse certain days. When the particulate matter meter number is high, I generally have more pain and tightness along with fatigue and weakness. Realizing that the pollution is affecting me, puts another realm of information in my arsenal--helps me to figure out, "Okay, what's making me feel worse today?" Especially when I continue to eat a healthy diet and maintain my stretching and try not to overdo. It's nice to know.

Having so many sensitivities that have been worsening over the years makes it difficult for me to think about moving to another location in the future. On the gulf coast there are some areas that experience the red tide which can be bad for allergy sufferers. I know I've experienced it. Living up north there are neighbor's fireplaces and gas heat. Not good for me. There are so many variables.

I'm just thankful to be living in a very healthy home with a spouse who is supportive, understanding, and a great help.

Post Edited (almost medfree) : 1/16/2018 4:26:21 AM (GMT-7)

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