Does Cold Give You A Rash?

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 3/29/2007 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I haven't written again for awhile, although I have come every day to read the posts.  You are all such great, caring people, and I am very glad I found you!  Anyway, I still don't know what is wrong with me, don't know if I ever will.  But, I had a question for you anyway, if you can give me some ideas, I would be grateful. 
If you remember, I was having some trouble with rashes, on my legs and face mostly, whenever I went outside.  My doctor had told me to take an antihistamine every day for 2 weeks.  I did that for just over a week, then I forgot one day.  I went outside at a funeral, and I didn't get a rash, so I figured maybe it was better.  So, I haven't taken any more for a few days.  Then, this evening, I went out to get in to my car, and I felt my face getting a bit warm again, and a bit itchy on my legs (nowhere near as bad as it was!).
My question is this - for any of you who get bad hives or rashes, or red face or anything like this - do you notice if it is the cold that sets it off?  The reason I ask is that it had been quite a bit warmer here for the past few days, but today was pretty chilly and windy.  And, I sometimes notice I get rashes/itchy hands and arms when I am working at my computer in my basement, which is pretty chilly too.  I'm just curious, because I assumed it was the sun setting me off, but maybe it is the cold?  I have heard of being allergic to the cold, which I think would be pretty bad living in Canada!  Anyway, if anyone could help....
Also, does anyone else seem to have a really itchy scalp at the times that they are having rash outbreaks, could I have a rash on my scalp?
Thanks for your replies.  I hope to find out more about what my next step is on April 16, which is the soonest I can get in to see my dr.  My friends have kept pushing me to keep pursuing this, and to ask for a referral to a specialist in the city, so that is what I am trying to convince myself to do!  I am nervous, as I am afraid he will just do the usual "You're fine!", and brush me off, but I will find another dr. if he does.  I may be posting again the night before my appointment for a bit of a pep talk! :-)
Take care everyone, you are all in my thoughts!

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 3/30/2007 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Marie

You know, I am going to ask my rheumy the same thing the next time I see her. I get some really odd rashes that itch like crazy on my thighs and on my hands. Sometimes my hands look as if I rubbed them with stinging nettle leaves. Hundreds of tiny little dots and red painful areas. Yesterday I got the rash on my hands after going for a walk outside in the bright sunshine. It is spring here in Montana and we havent seen the sun for a while so my daughter and I took advantage... I came home with hands that looked crazily diseased. A few hours later it was gone. Same thing with my thighs.

I have a question for you more seasoned Lupies : ) Do all kinds of skin rashes go along with Lupus or just the discoid and malar rashes?

Chronic Fatigue 1990 * Restless Legs 1995 * Fibromyalgia 2001 * UCTD/probable Lupus 2007

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