Skin problems, anyone?

Since a few days after completing my 4th pulse (I'm currently on my 5th one) I've been experiencing some skin problems.

Dry skin exfoliation (on arms, shoulders and torso), and a few patches of mycosis (reddish and dry) at various locations. Such patches seem to respond to topical treatment (although very slowly).

I suppose such skin disorder being related to long-term antibiotic treatment (I hardly ever suffered from).
Should I take a break from ABx? Any suggestion?

 

Mr G

From my own experiences, stopping is not the answer.  Beyond ringworm when I was a kid, I never had skin "things" til I did this.  I had several very strange examples of temporary abnormalities, which eventually cleared up on their own.  Now, five years later, my cuticles are normal, my skin is no longer maddeninly dry, and all of the weirdnesses are gone.  I never went off abx during those times.

Rica

3/9 Symptoms returning. Began 5 abx protocol 5/9 Rifampin 600, Amox 1000, Doxy 200, MWF Azith 250, flagyl 1000 daily. Began Sept 04 PPMS EDSS 6.7 Now good days EDSS 1 Mind, like parachute, work only when open. Charlie Chan  In for the duration.&am

When I first started pulsing, itching skin was one of many signs of porphoyria for me.  i contributed the itchyness to killing cpn in my skin.  After about 1 yr of pulsing, all the itching skin when away for most part. Every now and then, I may experience some. 

Mphs, TN. CFS, hypoT (Hashi), adrenal fatigue, hormonal inbalance. right arm neuropathy-getting better. cpn, myco, EBV, CMV, HHV-6. Cap began in 6/07. NAC 2400mg, mino 100mg bid, biaxin 500mg bid. cytomel, flagyl bid continuously.

> I suppose such skin disorder being related to long-term antibiotic treatment

What if we look at this the other way; rather than the antibiotics causing the problem, it could be that the antibiotics are killing something and the corpses of that something are what's causing the skin problems.  If that's the case then going off abx wouldn't solve the problem.  

 

CAP for M.S. 8/2007 - 3/2009.  Twentieth pulse metronidazole + INH completed 3/12/2009.  Intermittent treatment thereafter until 11/20/2009.  

Have you had a lot of sunexposure recently now that it is summer and you full body could be exposed.    Perhaps somehow related to doxy?  Just a thought.   The first year I had doxy reaction to sun.  Louise

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@ sharon

I don't have any itching. Actually, the only itching I experienced was when I was initially working my dosage of NAC up (severe itching reaction at 2.400 mg/day; no more itching at 1.200 mg/day). 

@ hdwhit

Skin exfoliation might be due (just speculating) to Cpn in skin cells being killed: and, in that sense, you might be right.
I believe mycosis being more related to long term antibiotic treatment (as it's wery well known in medical science)

@ Louise

No sun exposue (at all): I keep living inside the house, at all times (hate being out in the sun for any duration; relying on Vit. D tablets).

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a lot of people are itching. CPN loves the skin. I had itching problem for very long time on CAP and after it went away! Wasnt caused by antibiotics at all. It was only CPN.
doxy200, azith250, NAC 2400, Metro 1250(once a month), supplements, vitamins.

I have been reading here for 2 years and not much discussion about skin problems beyond photo sensitivity and doxy in my memory if that is at all helpful to you.

  • CAP(TiniOnly): 06/07-02/09 for CFS
  • MethylationProtocolSupplements: Started08/08
  • Intermtnt CAP: 02/09-02/10
  • Full MethylProtocol & LDN 02/09
  • Off CAP: 02/10, cont LDN & MethlyProtocol support

When I first started CAP, I had to change the bedsheets daily, or I would itch in bed. I think something was coming out of my skin onto the sheets.

minocycline, azithromycine, metronidazole 2007-2009, chelation for lead poisoning, muscle pain, insomnia, interstitial cystitis (almost well), sinus, dry eyes, stiff neck, veins, hypothyroid, TMJ, hip joints (no longer hurt)

Cpn may be well hidden (and prosper...) in skin: many bacteria (most of them friendly) colonize the skin, acting as a "place holder" against other organisms (fungi, yeast, etc...).

Killing Cpn involves (inevitably) killing friendly bacteria, as well: we all take probiotics to restore friendly bacteria supplies in our intestines, but.... what about our "friendly bacteria" in other parts of our bodies?

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