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stiffyoungman
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I have some small skin thing going on, i dont think it has any relation to lyme.

i went to dermatologsit and they took a sample cause they want to be sure what it is and want me to take a steroid topical cream on the spots and also an oral, i declined the oral but may end up not using the topical until we get results back and see if thats the only option.

are lyme patients allowed to use low-steroid creams/orals like this?

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also what about antihistimines? are those okay?
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I personally would use it. Others would say no. If it's for a limited time and that's the only solution, I would do it.

Perhaps you could wait for the biopsy if you are still unsure.

Anti-histamines are fine.

[ 07-03-2015, 04:46 PM: Message edited by: Lymetoo ]

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I got permanent eye damage from topical and didn't use it by my eyes. For me, it wasn't worth it (this is before Lyme).
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quote:
Originally posted by Lymetoo:
I personally would use it. Others would say no. If it's for a limited time and that's the only solution, I would do it.

Perhaps you could wait for the biopsy if you are still unsure.

Anti-histamines are fine.

HE was sort of skeptical of my whole Lyme situation but he understood the theory of why steroid would be bad for me.

He said that there would probably be other ways to handle it but until the labs come back he wouldnt know. ANd that he didn't want it to get worse in the meantime but I think I might just take only the histamines

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No. Absolutely not. There are many other options but that doctor is not likely the one to know.

Even topical steroids can cause long lasting damage for someone with lyme.

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi/topic/1/100984?#000000

Topic: what do STEROIDS actually do to those with lyme? Risks, long term damage discussed. Links.
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While best to consult a naturopathic doctor or acupuncturist (and one who is LL for those with lyme), depending upon what is going on with the skin, what you need (antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-itch,

consider an allicin cream (Allimax) or silver solution

or stop by the wellness manager in your closest natural foods store for a CALENDULA gel, etc.
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http://www.vitacost.com/allimax-cream

Allimax Cream


http://www.vitacost.com/boericke-tafel-califlora-calendula-gel

Boericke & Tafel Califlora® Calendula Gel
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Liver support is also essential for good skin. If the liver is stressed, likely the skin will be, too.

Nutrients also matter. FISH OIL can be excellent help for skin, take internally.

COCONUT OIL, both internally and rub onto skin.

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=3;t=030792;p=0

LIVER & KIDNEY SUPPORT & and several HERXHEIMER support links, too.
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Why do they want you to take the steroid cream? Is it really necessary? Other than being annoying, is there any harm the rash is doing?

I had a mystery rash last year and the derm wanted me to take a steroid to get it to go away. I explained the Lyme/steroid issue and asked if the steroid was really necessary. I was told there was indeed another option but that it would take longer. So I chose the second option.

So my advice would be to ask is the rash harmful? Is there any real reason the steroid cream is truly necessary? A lot of times I think they just go to the quickest option to "fix" something and it's often a steroid.

I would - and have - taken steroids when truly necessary. For an acute allergic reaction. And for asthma/breathing problems. But for a rash... I wonder if it's really necessary.

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Very true .. gotta weigh the risk/benefit.

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My GP put me on one for what is probably a lyme or bart spot on my back.

I have not seen any negative side effects yet.

I also have to get some more blood work done for him.

I think he is trying to rule out lyme / bart, but he was open to the possibility as well because of mono.

He said reactivated mono can point to other infections.

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Rashes can be extremely disruptive. If you're asking about antihistamines I assume it is itchy as well.

I had rashes for 25 years until I was dx'd and treated for Lyme. Steroids, both cream and oral suppressed the rash but ultimately made it pop up in another place. Doxycycline always illiminated the rashes in 2 days. It was this response that made my pcp think about Lyme. Maybe ask your dr. About trying doxy?

For itch, I found the best antihistimine is periactin. And goldbond powder helps the itch too.

I personally would and have used topicals... it's just for rashes the doxy works better for me.

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No way. I agree with Keebler.

The skin is the biggest organ we have, and absorbs everything you put on it.

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" absorbs everything you put on it" - yes, as Catgirl reminds us. And within 26 seconds of application.
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