Yup, got the pigmentation still. It was hard to tell since the first time I got the rash, it lasted about 6 weeks (mid-March till end of April) and then about 2 weeks when it came back at the beginning of June. It may have been in my head, but I thought that eating more carbs helped calm it down a bit (but I was pretty stubborn/fearful of upping carbs and wasn't convinced it was due to ketosis) and eating a lot of pork fat seemed to make it worse. But as I said, that was probably likely in my head. It also happened after a few months of vlc. I convinced the doctor to give me a prescription for the antibiotic treatment mentioned in the article and its been about 3 weeks since I stopped treatment, so about 6 weeks rash-free. Plus, I'm trying hard to stay in the 50-75g carb range.
The rash was never pus-filled/vesicles, but was severely itchy to the point of almost painful/burning.
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It's on both sides of the midline, no pain and no other symptoms so pretty sure not herpes - thank goodness - just a weird itchy rash and swelling.
I too developed a rash on neck, jaw, (later on back and arms) around the time that I started this diet - 1.5 years ago. I have spent a year trying to figure it out- no allergy to soaps, no bugs, no sun...I increase carbs, but it doesn't completely go away and I gain weight and get headaches. Going to a Dermatologist in a week.
Did anyone find relief by increasing carbs? Ot medicine to help? I feel so good, I don't want to start eating carbs again.
I have this issue. And I only have this issue when in a state of ketosis. Which sucks. Because otherwise I love this lifestyle. But the recurring rash does give me pause and causes me to question whether this lifestyle is a healthful fit for me.
And yeah, once the rash appears, nothing cures it but carbs. And the healing effect of the carbs is almost immediate.
Last edited by Janice; 09-26-2012 at 12:30 AM.
rash cited in medical study
Did anyone find a way to deal with this rash? or its reason? I did find a medical study that was looking at weight loss and low carb diet. It did mention that 10% of the people had rash as a side effect. I'm not sure I could find the study again -sorry. It was in a medical journal from my university, though.
I am coming close to two years having the rash. I take heavy antihistamines day and night, but it really only reduces the swelling, the new spots still emerge every day or so. About once every 15-21 days, I will have no new itching spots for 2-3 or so days. Its such a relief.
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