Many RSDers develop a rash at
times. This rash seems to come and go. It resembles Chicken Pox and/or
Shingles. In fact, many times patients are told they have shingles when
actually it is the RSD Rash.
The RSD rash is an immune
system response that is very common in Stage 1 and 2 of RSD. It resembles
Chicken Pox and/or Shingles. The way to tell the difference between the RSD Rash
and Chicken Pox/Shingles is that the RSD Rash has blood filled blisters whereas
Chicken Pox/Shingles have fluid-filled blisters.
Also, please be aware that
since this is an immune system response, the rash can appear anywhere on your
body and not just where the RSD happens to be. Please do not think that the RSD
is spreading to the area where the rash appears -- there is no connection.
Many doctors are not aware of
the RSD Rash so please be sure to tell them that your blisters do not contain
clear fluid and that this rash is documented as an immune system response
symptomatic of RSD.
There are prescription topical
medications that you can ask your doctor to prescribe to help with the itching
or you can use over the counter antihistamines, both oral and topical, if your
doctor says it is OK - please check with him/her first before trying these.
There are also some home
remedies such as witch hazel or Milk of Magnesia dried to a paste. To dry Milk
of Magnesia to a paste -- put it on a paper plate and let it dry out a bit. Put
either the witch hazel or the MOM on the affected area to help stop the itching.
Another home remedy that helps
with the itching is Epsom Salt baths. Epsom salt baths also help with RSD pain.
Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate U.S.P) is a 100% Natural Mineral long been
considered a trusted natural remedy for everything from the winter blues to a
First, Please do not try this
before asking your doctor if this is OK for you to do - ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE
DIABETES! Also do not use if you have an open, infected wound. Epsom salts is
great for non-infected wounds.
This is a great home remedy to
help get pain relief. Soaking in the tub with warm (85-95 degree) water with
Epsom Salts. This will help improve circulation, which will reduce
inflammation, pain, and itching. It will also very quickly bring warmth to your
limbs if you suffer from "cold" limbs.
Some may feel uncomfortable
for the first few minutes when first getting in the warm water -- this is
common. But if you continue to feel uncomfortable -- this is not and you should
This is why it works:
While you are soaking, the
Epsom Salts removes the poisonous and irritative chemicals from the involved
extremity through the skin. The Epsom salt is a calcium channel blocker, which
helps reduce the pain, inflammation, edema and breakdown of tissues.
You can do this as often as
necessary. You will be amazed at how much relief you will get. Some members
have told me that they have even been able to get scented Epsom salts at