Skin Complaints in Fibromyalgia
From rashes to break outs, skin complaints associated with fibromyalgia are numerous. While most of these skin problems are not health threats, they can be very annoying. If you suffer from fibromyalgia and notice that you are having skin problems, consult with your health care provider. He may be able to provide you with appropriate treatment.
Pretty much all of us have suffered from some type of skin complaint at some point in our lives. Many of us were acne sufferers as teenagers and everyone suffers from dry or itchy skin at one time or another. Though skin problems can be difficult to treat and very frustrating, most of the time we can deal with them.
However, fibromyalgia sufferers seem to battle an unfair share of skin problems. In fact, it is thought that between 70% and 80% of people with fibromyalgia suffer from skin problems associated with their illness. On top of these skin problems, these complaints often make fibromyalgia symptoms even worse. Dry itchy skin can make sleeping difficult, and increase pain and fatigue. Skin problems can also make it hard to choose clothes to wear, to eat certain foods, or just carry on with daily life.
Types of Skin Complaints Seen in Fibromyalgia
There are a number of different types of skin problems that manifest themselves in fibromyalgia. Many of them occur alongside one another or become chronic problems.
Dry Skin: Many fibromyalgia sufferers are plagued with chronically dry cracked skin. This dry flaky skin can appear anywhere on the body, but it particularly affects the hands and fingers. Sometimes this dry skin will begin to peel and cause pain and discomfort.
Itchy Skin: Itchy skin is usually one of the most common skin complaints among fibromyalgia patients. Many people are plagued with itchy skin rashes all over the body. Sometimes, over-scratching of the skin can lead to the development of sores or infection.
Mottled Skin: The skin of fibromyalgia sufferers often begins to change color, appearance, or tone. Dark spots can appear all over the body, particularly on the inside of the forearms and thighs. Exposure to the sun can darken these spots or causes them to become red and swollen.