Coping With Fibromyalgia and Skin Issues
We already know that fibromyalgia comes with a whole host of symptoms and side effects, and so it is easy for something to get overlooked — including skin issues.
Research suggests that 50 to 80 percent of people who suffer with fibromyalgia also have skin problems caused by the condition, which are varying in type and severity — as is common with many of the other symptoms.
One very common example is the presence of rashes. These can be raised or flat, and although some cause no trouble at all (aside from looking unsightly and perhaps causing some level of self-consciousness) others can be itchy, sore or even feel as though something is crawling on the skin.
These rashes can be treated with antihistamines or left to leave of their own accord, but nevertheless are very irritating and can be a cause of stress for some sufferers.
Part of the reason these rashes are such an issue is, for those of us who suffer with sensitivity to touch, it can be absolute agony when a fibromyalgia rash is itchy or uncomfortable. Sensitivity to touch or pressure is a common fibro symptom and can make even wearing clothes unbearable.
Burning and Tingling
Some people also report feeling numbness and tingling sensations, as well as burning sensations on their skin; so it seems that the skin issues fibromyalgia causes are as varied as the people who have it.
There does not seem to be anything that can be done to combat this, other than avoiding touch or pressure when you have a flare-up and you skin is feeling particularly sensitive and delicate.
One of the other fibromyalgia skin problems sufferers face is dryness. A lot of people suffer with dry skin, especially on their hands and fingers — although it can occur anywhere.
This can be irritating and uncomfortable and is likely to be even worse in cold weather. The skin may begin to peel and flake, which can be very painful.
It is important to keep this delicate skin moisturised using non-perfumed, non-colored moisturisers regularly. This will hopefully prevent, or at least lessen, cracking and peeling of the dry skin.
What Can Be Done About Fibromyalgia Skin Problems?
Well, one of the best tips for keeping your skin healthy is staying hydrated. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day to keep your skin supple.
You may wish to apply creams to any rashes or other skin imperfections; however it is important to ensure that these are natural and free from artificial colors and fragrances, as these can irritate your skin. This rule also applied for bath products or shower gels — if in doubt, just use clean water.
Sunscreen is a very important product for fibromyalgia as well. On top of everything else, the last thing you need is a sunburn, so make sure you are protecting your skin in all weather, especially in the sun.
Another important reason to ensure regular sunscreen application is that exposure to the sun can darken the mottled spots that can appear on fibro sufferers’ skin regularly, particularly on the thighs or inside of forearms.
Most importantly, look after yourself and your skin — from the inside out.