Little Known Facts About Fibromyalgia & Skin Rashes

Fibromyalgia and Skin Rashes

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that causes pain to occur all across the body. It particularly afflicts the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include weakness, exhaustion and even skin rashes and itchy skin.

Why does fibromyalgia cause rashes?

Immunological disruption

Fibromyalgia can cause skin rashes because of an immunological disruption that occurs under the skin surface. Research studies have led scientist to speculate that fibromyalgia suffers have highly concentrated proteins beneath their skin. They believe that the body can interpret these proteins as toxic which causes the body to treat them as foreign invaders. This immunological response is what creates the rash.

Distortion of capillaries

A Swedish researcher has speculated that capillaries beneath the skin of fibromyalgia sufferers were more distorted in shape and less numerous. As a result, there is reduced blood flow to the skin and surrounding tissues which can sometimes create rashes in fibromyalgia sufferers.

Neurological causes

Researchers also speculate that because fibromyalgia sufferers have more amounts of mast cells, which are cells that contain histamines and cytokins. Chemical releases from these cells, from neurological stimuli, can sometimes produce skin pain and irritation. In this case, is usually not a rash but instead a feeling of burning or heat directly below the skin.

The central nervous system

Another interesting theory regarding the causes of fibromyalgia rashes is the result of central nervous system miscues. The theory goes that the brain incorrectly processes pain cues and consequently skin rashes occur because of the brain’s misunderstanding of the pain signal. The fibromyalgia sufferer may exacerbate this by scratching the rashes which exacerbates the redness and severity of the problem.

How should you treat fibromyalgia rashes?

Skin creams and moisturizers could be effective for managing fibromyalgia skin rashes. There are also some medicated solutions that you could use the over-the-counter creams are not effective. It’s best to consult with a physician regarding treating fibromyalgia rashes to ensure that the rash is actually caused by fibromyalgia.

Skincare and fibromyalgia

In general, many fibromyalgia patients experience skin discomfort, including rashes. A University of Massachusetts dermatologist named David Geost writes that “the relationship between fibromyalgia and skin conditions is not well understood.

With that said, if you suffer from fibromyalgia, it may make sense to pay attention to skin health care, particularly if you are experiencing a rash or just skin discomfort on account of your fibromyalgia.

Some good skincare practices include:

  • Try taking warm showers or baths: Hot water can actually be pretty damaging to the skin. As well don’t be too harsh rubbing your skin down with washcloth-be gentle and don’t overdo it with soap.
  • Wear loose clothing: Loose clothing is a proven way to decrease skin discomfort if you are dealing with a rash.
  • Use less make up: If you find that your skin is highly sensitive, or you are developing rashes, try using less make up. You can also look into selecting makeup that doesn’t include as many toxic substances.
  • Consult with a dermatologist: If fibromyalgia is causing you skin irritation, it may make sense to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. Just as you would work with a specialist regarding treatment of your pain disorder, a dermatologist will have unique insights into how to best manage your fibromyalgia-related skin discomfort.
  • Get out of the sun: Decreasing your sun exposure is another smart way of protecting your skin. You can purchase some sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 if you know that you will be spending time in the sun.

Fibromylagia rash resources

Final thoughts

Dealing with a fibromyalgia rash is just another part of managing this frustrating illness. If you can consult with a dermatologist and begin applying some practical intervention strategies, it is likely that you will be able to effectively manage this unfortunate skin symptom.

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