What Causes Fibromyalgia Itch And Rash?

fibromyalgia itch and rash

Other than pain, tenderness and fatigue, fibromyalgia patients also grapple with itchy skin and rashes. So what causes fibromyalgia itch? Below are some theories to explain fibromyalgia itch and rash.

Immunological Disruption

As stated by Fibromyalgia Network, skin rashes can occur as a result of immunological disruption just underneath the skin surface. A medical expert conducted a research that pointed to certain groups of highly concentrated proteins. These proteins exist under the skin of fibro patients. It is believed that the body sees these proteins as foreign elements therefore causing the immune system to react by attacking the proteins. As a result, rashes will start appearing.

Capillary Distortion

A Swedish researcher found that the capillaries below the skin of fibro patients are less numerous. They also appear to be distorted. As such, it hinders the the flow of blood towards the skin and other similar tissues. Hence, this leads to sensitivity or rashes on the patient’s skin.

Neurological Reactions

Another group of researchers discovered that those with fibromyalgia tend to have an increased number of mast cells. These cells contain chemicals like cytokines and histamines. If these chemicals are released from the cells due to the body’s neurological response, they can trigger pain and irritation in the tissues. This condition may not produce a rash, but will appear as a burning sensation just underneath the skin.

The Brain and Nervous System

According to some studies, another cause of fibro rash has to do with the central nervous system. If you have fibro, your brain is not capable of reading pain cues accurately. As such, a skin rash or tenderness on the skin can occur simply because of the brain’s misreading. This will also trigger redness and itchiness when scratched too often. A rash can also appear as a result of the overactive pituitary gland, which releases too much melanin in the body.

Fibromyalgia Itch And Rash Treatment

The most basic self care treatment for fibrmyalgia itch and rashes involves the application of creams and moisturizers. These products can help to sooth the skin and reduce itchiness and dryness. There are also medicated lotions available that can help to treat skin rashes. Skin spots or mottled skin with different tone or color can be treated with ultraviolet lights or bleaching products. Some patients found that over-the-counter antihistamines help to alleviate their itch. If you believe that your fibromyalgia is causing itch or rashes to develop on your skin, talk to your doctor for appropriate treatment.

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  • Thank you for this informative article. I’ve learned a lot form your emails.
    I’ve noticed that when I am in a FM flare that I itch. It’s uncontrollable at times.
    I also have Systemic Lupus (the ‘attack your organs’ kind, just diagnosed this summer ). My symptoms cause it difficult to decipher if it is FM or the Lupus flaring. They can be quite similar.
    Perhaps you can do an article on the differences?

  • Same here, Maureen. I have RX “FLUOCINOLONE ACETONIDE TOPICAL OIL 0.01%” that really helps. It’s called Scalp Oil, but it’s working on all my itches, thank goodness! Because my “ITCHES ARE PAINFUL ITCHES.” My Accupuncturist said that these itches are really an “Alternate Manifestation of Pain” as the body is recognizing Something a little differently, and the symptom is “Itch,” or in my case, “Itchy Pain … Or, Painful Itch.”
    It seems my days are full of New Issues all the time.
    As Forest Gump said, “Like a box of chocolates — You never know what you’re gonna get!”
    The two things that save me is Prayer & hubby’s support! Sometimes, as a human — he gets weary with my illness, though, and I certainly understand that — So do I! But, on the other end of my Covenant Prayers, YHWH always comes through!!!

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