Posted 3/3/2019 1:17 PM (GMT -6)
I went skiing a week ago and experienced dry, chapped skin. My skin became inflamed after a few days. At first I had small blisters around my knuckles, but they turned into larger blisters over time and some of the smaller blisters merged into one larger looking blister, especially at both lower thumb knuckles. At first I thought it was just a strange reaction to the dryness, but once the blisters really started to take shape, I also began to have flu-like symptoms with headache, sore joints and muscles, and night sweats. So, then I began to think my body was just run down and it may be the flu with strange rash. I was supposed to get the shingles vaccine in the midst of all this, but when my GI saw the rash, he wanted me to see a dermatologist before getting the vaccine. I saw my dermatologist on Wednesday. She thought the rash looked bacterial, put me on two antibiotics, and took two biopsies. On Thursday I continued to experience muscle and joint pain and became concerned it may be disseminated shingles, so my dermatologist added Valtrex to my cocktail of medications. I felt better on Friday, but then the muscle and joint aches came back yesterday. Today I'm doing better again, but still have awful looking blisters on my hands and now a few on my wrists. Has anyone else experienced extra-intestinal complications? I found information on pyoderma gangrenosum and am hoping that's not what I'm experiencing. I should have biopsy results back this coming week.