Solar Uticaria/Remicade

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Date Joined Jan 2003
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   Posted 6/1/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Do any of you out there on Remicade have skin issues after being out in the sun?  This is my third summer since I began getting Remicade infusions.  This is also the third summer that I have experienced hives on my neck and forearms after being out in the sun.  I swear this has something to do with Remicade.  I have talked to my GI about this twice, and he does not believe the two are connected, but said he would check into it.
Each year this seems to get worse.  I was literally outside today for about 5 minutes and my neck and forarms are inflammed and sooooooo itchy!!  Benedryl tonight (again)!  It may be a long summer...

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 619
   Posted 6/1/2009 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I am very naughty about my sun exposure (AND I drive a convertible) and I've been on Remi as long as you (this is my third summer) and I've never had any skin reactions, or any reactions for that matter. Could be something else, at least your GI will check into it. It's easy to blame everything little thing on the Remicade. My first year I know I did. I'm a lot more comfortable (or complacent) with it now.
47 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08 Finally achieved remission mid October 2008!!

15 Remicade infusions, current scheduled every 6 weeks: 1st: 7/21/07; most recent: 4/25/09; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Xanax as needed (rarely); Rowesa and/or Canasa; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D;

Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Asacol; Colazal; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro

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