nexium "maculopapular rash" even after ceasation of use????

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   Posted 8/25/2012 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
first post here - but wondering if anyone else has this issue? I took nexium for about 8 years - 20mg a day with no side affects what-so-ever. Around September last year, I started getting one or two spots - which looked like Mosquito bites and behaved the same. Given it was nearly summer here, i accepted that is what they were. Slowly but surely I was getting more and more - but then periods where I would get nothing.
Around six months ago, I broke out is a very bad rash - but just on my torso - they looked exactly like hives or even bed bug type bites.
To cut a long story short, I went to the doctor three months ago and showed him the rash - which had pretty much gone away. He told me to stop taking nexium and see what happens - so I did - and haven't taken nexium since.
However, nearly once a week, I get a break out rash on my stomach and chest -and occasionally one or two on my arms and this has me totally confused.

I have had heaps of blood tests looking for everything from immune problems to allergies - but all are negative. It mainly seems to happen on Friday night (go figure ???).

I don't believe it is soap, shampoo or after shave or anything in that way. My diet is very staid and rarely changes from what it pretty much always has been. So, all I can assume is that somehow it is related to Nexium - but how can it be if I have not taken any now for months? Is it like Bee Stings that leave a toxic substance in you for ever? Does anyone else have any comments?


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   Posted 8/26/2012 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Steve,
Welcome to Healing Well!  I'm no doctor, but in my life experience--all 60 years of it--I've never seen an allergic reaction last long after a medication is stopped.  I'm a highly allergic person, and have had an allergic reaction to medication and even lotion before.  Once I stopped the offending substance, the rash subsided and was no longer a problem.
My guess would be that you're dealing with some other issue.  Have you gone to your primary care doc about this persisting rash?  Unfortunately, rashes are really hard to diagnose.  I was in the hospital and using Aveeno often, and started getting a rash.  I didn't know it was the Aveeno...thought it might be a drug I was taking. Somehow, over the course of time I saw the connection and the problem was solved.
I've been to dermatologists with rashes, and even they had trouble figuring out the cause.
I'd say with (non-medical) confidence that your rash has nothing to do with the Nexium.
You might try posting your issue on the Allergy & Asthma forum (Allergies & Asthma).  There are many with recurring rashes and hives, and maybe somebody will have some ideas for you.
Good luck with your quest!  I'd suggest seeing your PCP again for guidance.
Best wishes,
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”

Post Edited (dencha) : 8/26/2012 9:21:10 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/26/2012 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks Denise,
yes, I've seen the doctor three times now - first is was 'stop taking nexium', then it was multiple blood tests 'must be your immunity system', then finally, 'must be bed bugs' - all totally useless. I have a referral to see a dermatologist next... so we'll see. yes, have posted this in the other forum too.

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