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mmbox7
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/16/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
When I have a flare up, I usually get body acne on my sides, chest, and back. I shower daily, use anti-bacterial soaps, drink plenty of water, and eat a relatively healthy diet. I typically have clear skin, never had acne issues as a teenager, and am not prone to acne other than during flare ups. Does anyone else get unusual "symptoms" that seem unconnected to UC but only appear during a flare up?
Michael - age 32 from Ohio
Diagnosed February 2006 with Ulcerative Colitis,
Currently: in middle of 6 week flare up.
Medications: Asacol 400mg X 6 (currently unmedicated)


jujub
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   Posted 7/16/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
If you take Prednisone to control the flare, it causes this type of acne. In that case, there isn't much you can do except wait for it to go away when you get off the Pred.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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mmbox7
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/16/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Judilyn.
The problem is that I am currently unmedicated. I don't take prednisone. It seems strange to me that this occurs. One person told me that it may be a reaction to a weakened immune system. Not sure.
Michael - age 32 from Ohio
Diagnosed February 2006 with Ulcerative Colitis,
Currently: in middle of 6 week flare up.
Medications: Asacol 400mg X 6 (currently unmedicated)


doors12
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/16/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I never noticed my problem (which was mainly on my face and scalp) correlated with flares - but let me tell you, if your problem is painful red bumps that seem subcutaneous, and may eventually (after sometimes a week or so) form a whitehead - the following may work for you, as it has *cured* me of this folliculitis (thank you God).  The things were like subcutaneous cysts and could be very painful.
 
Try using Head and Shoulders shampoo.  What I would do is maybe use it in my hair and actually rub some around on the affected area of skin as well.  Perhaps letting it sit on for a few minutes before washing it off.  (I would imagine there is a better product using the effective ingredient in H&S for skin vs hair, however, since I had to discover this solution on my own, as dermatologists could care less and prescribed me antibiotics, I will rely on someone else to help me figure out if there is a better formulation of this zinc for use on skin)  I believe it works in some way by being anti-fungal.  At any rate, if it does work for you, then I would be leary about using any antibacterial products on your skin, especially so if they are not even working for you.
 
If you try it, please post here to let me know if it helped.
 
 
Good luck!


Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
 ~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
 
~Interested in finding a cure/making sense out of U.C. and philosophical and psychological aspects of UC and "Stress" and Personal Development issues with Chronic Illnesses. 

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