Severely itchy skin
Wondering if anyone has experience with an itchy rash.
SLE rashes aren't supposed to itch. I don't get the butterfly rash, but my photosensitive rashes are red and blotchy, and don't itch.
This winter, I've had a lot of itchy patches on my back, thighs, buttocks and ankles. When I rub or scratch them, they become raised, but not red unless I really go at them. They do respond to hydrocortisone cream.
Officially, Atopic Dermatitis isn't associated with SLE. But I read something earlier today which says there are occurrences with people with SLE, Sjogrens, and scleroderma, maybe MCTD. What they all have in common is an elevated ANA. My ANA was 1:1280 2 years ago when it was died, and only recently dropped to 1:640. Still really elevated. My other diagnostic labs have returned to normal ranges.
Thus far, my rheumy was unimpressed when I asked about AD.
It appears that there really isn't a treatment for AD besides the hydrocortisone cream and Benedryl if the itch is keeping you awake at night. It's maddening!
Last edited by sfruth; 03-11-2014 at 10:23 AM.