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.
Originally Posted by Janice
I too just got this rash when dropping from 100g carbs to 20g... I never tested for ketones but the rash sprang up within days and has gotten worse. Under my breasts and ribcage. Only itchy sometimes. Im gonna bump back up to 50g and see if that helps. I have cut out all white foods in the past and lost weight and never go this. This is my first go around with paleo low carb (with some dairy... Ive never drank milk).
I developed skin issues at the same time I went through low carb flu. I chalked it up to detoxing. Skin looks great now.
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