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jwall
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Hi all,
Does doxy causes a burning skin sensation? I know about causing severe sunburns, but this feels like my skin is burned and I haven't been in the sun. My knees are burning and are actually turning red and my knuckles are doing the same. I feel burning sensation up and down my arms too.

Is this a side effect of doxy or a herx?

Thank you!

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Are you sure you were not in the sun? I mean even for a few minutes to go get the mail it can do this to you, or driving in your car.
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I think it might be a herx.

My first reaction to Doxy was feeling flu like and my whole back burned...can't remember if I was red though but my skin was hot to touch.

Is it your skin or inside of your skin? Like your muscles or joints?

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With a doxy burn, the skin often doesn't look sunburned. The burning skin sensation is exactly the description of the doxy medication burn that can happen as a result of very little sun.

The fingers are one of the most common places to get the burn. You can burn while driving. It's from the sun coming through the windshield.

If it gets severe enough, you will see tiny little bumps form. This is when the doxy burn will drive you out of your mind. And, even narcotic pain killers won't get rid of the pain.

Suggest you wear gloves while driving and stay totally out of the sun for weeks now to let this sun reaction go away.

And, ask your doc for a different med for the summer. Sometimes they forget and prescribe doxy in the summer and it takes the patient complaining of this like you are to prompt them to remember.

Doxy can cause numerous other skin conditions such as itching, rash, hives, and the life-threatening exfoliative dermatitis (severe scaling of the skin). But, the most common side effect is the photosensitivity which you are describing.

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Do you think the non-generic would make any difference?
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I was in the sun for a few minutes. Just walking to and from the car and moving the sprinkler in the yard. Very sunny and hot today. I have been itching my hand too - it is driving me crazy. Will this itching/burning subside? I have to be on doxy for 8 more days.

Thanks!

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Yes, what you are describing is a doxy burn. I had the same thing on my knuckles and then it spread to my hands for a few weeks before I realized that it was from driving in my car. It was splotchy looking and itched really bad. I also got it on my left knee which is the knee that is by the window. That is how I figured it out.
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jwall
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Thanks, makes sense now as I was in the car on a 4 hr. trip.
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It's definitely from the doxy. I experience the same "burning" sensation in my arms and legs everyday. If you're out in the sun for more than a few minutes you'll get symptoms that often take a few days / week to subside. Good luck to you!
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Luckily, I'm only on this for 8 more days and then I'll be switched. But, ugh - not fun. None of this fun though, so just add to the suffering. Guess I will just stay inside. I even notice if I walk out on my back porch which is covered, just the heat makes my skin burn.

Thanks all.

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Figured you had to be in the sun. Yes it will go away just avoid any further exposure with SFP 70 or higher and cover up your skin [Smile]
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Yes, heat will activate it. And, hot and cold water on the hands can cause terrible sensations on the burned areas of the hands.
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ditto what everyone else said [Smile]

Hope it goes away soon for you.

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I got a doxy burn on my fingers and hands during a road trip. It was cool and cloudy that day. It was not an extreme burn, but I was astonished that I could get it at all. I had on SPF 85 sunscreen, hat, special sunglasses and a jacket, and was only outside a few minutes, but on the road several hours with the car windows closed.

My hands would feel cold every time I washed them or got them wet, and for several days it hurt to contact warm water or pick up anything with straps that rubbed against my hands.

Another time I took a nap in my car for 20 minutes, in the shade of the car roof and facing away from the sun, with my hat covering my face, on a cloudy day, but no sunscreen. When I went back inside, my face and neck were BRIGHT red like I had been at the beach for several hours.

It went away fairly soon, but I was shocked at how quickly I could get burned and from so little sun. A few minutes in full sun with no sunscreen would probably be enough to give me a really serious burn. Having it on your hands could be somewhat disabling until it goes away.

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Thanks everyone. The burning is better today, but definitely still tingling and yes, the water makes it worse! Glad to know just what is meant by a doxy sunburn before getting it really bad. It's not your ordinary sunburn. I wore long sleeves today and covered up w/SPF.
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