Posted 1/9/2019 6:45 AM (GMT -6)
We're more prone to skin issues, dry itchy skin, eczema, psoriasis, and contact-dermatitis as UC patients, more so for severe cases warranting biologics. We already know that our immune systems are insane, attacking our large intestine might get boring and attacking skin or joints might suddenly become a neat idea...ugh.
You can see a dermatoligist. You can change to mild shampoos, body washes, soaps, and laundry detergents that are safe for eczema/psoriasis. You can shower at warm and not scalding temps, towel off, and apply a non-scented body lotion immediately there after to prevent drying out. You can apply a steroid cream (1% hydrocortisone cream or a stronger prescription strength) to affected areas. You can try an anti-histamine topical or oral treatment.
I had contact-dermatitis a couple times, saw my primary care doctor and then a dermatoligist. I had what looked like eczema, raised red patchy rash around my armpits, upper arms, sides of my upper abdomen, and shirt collar area. Dematoligist said it was from the harsh body soap I used or laundry detergent (given the distribution pattern). I was using Irish Spring, the original green bars. Anything that sits on your skin for extended periods of time can cause an allergic reaction, perfumes, lotions, makeup, body wash, shampoo, etc.
I switched to Dove unscented soap that says safe for eczema, psoriasis on the bar (got it over the counter at my local pharmacy).
My doctor gave me a prescription steroid cream.
They also told me to liberally apply a nonscented moisturizer after toweling off, after each shower. And to shower at lower temperatures (no scalding 120+ degree showers).
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John, 40, UC Proctosigmoiditis
Rx: Remicade @5mgs/kg/6wks; daily 75mgs 6MP, 4.8g generic-Lialda, and rowasa
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