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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 12/22/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else notice severely dry skin with UC and/or prednisone? I've been taking pred for about 3 weeks (40-35-30) and I swear my skin is flaking off all over my body. Particularly the soles of my feet, which is just so pleasant. Especially at night when I'm already trying not to feel insomniac from the drugs!
It also may be related to a particularly nasty cold dry snap we're experiencing here (Vancouver, BC) but I was curious anyway, whether other UC'ers notice dry skin.

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 12/22/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have HORRIBLE dry skin now. I ended up with nummular dermatitis and its really bad in the winter, and living in Minnesota doesn't help. I use cetaphil lotion because its hypoallergenic and it seems to work well.
20 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 12/22/2008 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I use extra virgine olive oil as a moisturizer and it combats the dry skin, clears up sores too.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 12/22/2008 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Cetaphil body cream sold in a tub, too, tons of it. If I go without, I itch, itch, itch. And if my skin gets cold, if I don't wear a layer next to my skin, I actually get hives.

Hint for the ladies: I mix some of my favorite (expensive) perfumed body lotion into the unscented Cetaphil, then lather it on.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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