Female personal question

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I'm on methotrexate and plaquinel. I'm 51 and 1 year into menopause. My question is for the ladies out there. Have any of you experienced a weird rash "down there"? I'm having a horrible time with dry cracking skin there. I finally got brave enough to look and yikes! It looks like maybe psoriasis? I have on/off issue with facial eczema, but never had it there. Is this related to RA, or my meds? I'm truly about ready to crack up. This has been a year of having my great health turn into poor health and now this.? I can't be intimate with my husband and finally had to explain to him why. What a horrible conversation... Sometimes I think it's time to jump off this bridge of life. I hate being so personal and Bob know I need to see a dr, I'm just wondering if anyone else had this problem and what can be done for it. Thanks for listening (reading) and I'm sorry about the topic :-(

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    Didn't mean to put Bob in there...stupid phone.

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    I'm so sorry you have a rash in a very delicate area but please

    hang in there.My husband has had on and off skin rash in the

    Groin thigh area which was never determined what it was but

    was given some cream medication to clear it up.He also had

    to make sure he kept the area free from sweat (he used

    unscented wipes several times a day and patted dry) as well

    as loose pants for legs to breathe.My suggestion would be to

    maybe try miconazole cream which is used for yeast infection

    it's very inexpensive.My husband does use Mtx and Plaquenil.

    If your not comfortable trying home remedy best thing to do is

    see your ob gyn if you have one.Another thought is have you

    changed recently your laundry soap or personal soap? Sometime

    it helps to try and figure out anything different any changes.

    I hope you get many replies and answers or suggestions.

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    I have suffered from facial eczema (seborrhea) for most of my life which has gotten worse and spread since going on RA meds.   I also suffer terribly from itchy skin all over and had a terrible time with urticaria and three other skin conditions, all atributable to the meds, prednisone being the main offender.   I'm not female, but I don't think RA meds are sexist.

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    Hi, I'm on methotrexate and biological.. But never had a rash there but do get a lot of what my gp calls a cross between a boil and a cyst... Easy sorted with antibiotics so pluck up the courage and visit the doctors.. Your feel better in the end

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      Thanks Debbie and sorry for hijacking this post but you've answered a question for me too. I have been getting lumps on my neck, I didn't realise they could be because of the meds. I saw my ordinary doc about them, he just asked if I washed my neck! Another doc just froze them and i must admit they went away but I still didn't understand why they came up. We all seem to be getting these strange things happening. So good to be able to discuss them together.

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      I agree Mary, that it is of great comfort to be able to discuss some of these issues with others who are experiencing similar things.  I sometimes feel quite alone. Just discussing them on here makes me feel instantly better! Thanks to all for sharing!
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    Yes, I have exactly the same problem. I suffered for 3 months before going to the GP with it. By then I was in a mess! A steroid cream worked really well. However,it is returning now I have stopped using the cream. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to but I have just started using it again...I'm reluctant to go back! I have psoriasis on my elbows and behind my ears and it feels very similar so I guess it could be that although the GP didn't really know.  I am on Cimzia...psoriasis is a known side effect. I was also at the point where finding a bridge seemed a good solution. Just awful in this area of the body! I also didn't dare look...when I did, I was horrified! I am 48 and GP wondered if it might be age related...peri-menopausal (whatever that means)!!! I think it is RA/Cimzia related. When the steroid cream worked, I wished I had gone to GP sooner. I hope you find the courage to go and have a doctor advise you too. It might be solved more easily than you imagine. I had tried 3 months of all sorts of home remedies!!! 

     

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      I'm so sorry you have this issue too but very thankful to you for sharing with me. Maybe I'm not just going crazy thinking it's just me. As usual there's always someone who shares your pain here. I plan to see my GP tomorrow, so hopefully she can help. She's an internal med dr, so maybe she knows more about these kind if weird issues that are related to meds and ra.

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      All the best with your GP appointment tomorrow. I'm sure you will feel so much better afterwards. It felt like a weight lifted off my shoulders and I was DREADING it!  The doctor was so sympathetic and completely unembarrassed! I hope you get some answers and some treatment. 

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    Being on any immunosuppressant medication can make you more likely to develop thrush - and "down there" is a perfect little incubator, warm and moist. It really is quite common - and even more so if you have been on antibiotics for any reason at some point. Abx kill all sorts of bacteria, the good ones too not just the bad ones. This upsets the normal body flora (the bacteria that live all over our bodies and are essential for healthy life) and lets the tough guys get the upper hand. Like weeds or moss strangling your delicate flowers and veggies in the garden.

    There's no need to be embarrassed - the doctor has seen it all before. You can get creams designed to help clear it up. Lots of doctors will suggest taking probiotics after being on abx to replace the goodies. For household remedies - there are people who swear by plain organic yoghurt with extra cultures in. Yup - just paint some on! I know - sounds weird but it seems to work.

    Esther mentions "perimenopausal" - that means being in the process of the menopause. It doesn't just happen overnight, it is a process that goes on for some years and your periods stop in the middle-ish. During that time hormones change and can lead to all sorts of things - including dryness down there, a change in environment for the natural flora and they struggle to keep going. Again, there are creams that help that too. 

    Don't ignore it and pretend it isn't happening - because the sooner it is dealt with the less drastic the treatment.

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    You poor thing that is not nice.... I have a weird rash thing on the palms of my hands, the skin between my first finger and thumb is alwful red, lumpy and bumpy, and sore I went to see the rheumatologist and he is baffled so arranged an appointment for me to see them both together last Friday the dermatologist thinks it's all to do with my immune system going bonkers but going to do a biopsy anyway. It has worried me a lot to be honest, I was diagnosed with RA back in may and had a steroid injection then put on methotrexate, 6 weeks later told to come off it as enzymes were raised, now last Friday, satisfied that the skin problem is nothing to do with the methotrexate he told me to go back on it this week ugh not happy but I have to really if I want to be pain free, I had another steroid 3 weeks ago, I wonder if it's a side effect of that I am worried

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