The Rash, it actually doesn't burn!
June 1, 2010 6:48 PM Subscribe
Crohn's disease, rash. WTF is it? You are not my dermatologist
posted by plinth to Health & Fitness (10 answers total)
...but my dermatologist is super booked, so I won't be seeing her for nearly a month and am curious if anyone else has this. I have Crohn's disease which is beaten into submission with 6-mercaptopurine. Starting a little bit last fall and into high gear this spring, if I get exposure to the sun for as little as 15 minutes in the afternoon, I get angry patchy rashes on my arms and the backs of my hands. Sometimes they get bumpy patches similar to poison ivy exposure. Unlike sunburn, these rashes don't hurt. Unlike poison ivy, these rashes don't itch except the slightest amount as the skin slowly heals. Unlike ecxema (which I do get as a tag-along with the Crohn's) these patches are not dry and flakey.
I have found little to corroborate this as an accurate depiction of a 6-MP side-effect and only one reference from a British medical journal that suggested wearing covering clothing and using sunscreen.
Bonus - I have had three moles that about the same time started to spontaneously bleed/scab (hence the call to the dermatologist).
So is this something that is seen under these circumstances?