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Old 10-09-2006, 09:29 PM   #1
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Has anyone here had any rashes while on a low-carb diet?

I developed a rash at about the same time I started Atkins' just over a month ago. It's on my torso and is super-itchy and sometimes painful. It's waxed and waned weekly for the past four weeks and my dermatologist and I haven't been able to pinpoint a cause. Some of my friends questioned a possible association between the rash and this WOE, but I truly didn't think the two could be related. Until today, that is. ::Cue dramatic music::

In desperation, I did some googling and found hits for a study that noted that "...people on the low-carb diet had more side effects including constipation, headaches, bad breath, muscle cramps, diarrhoea, general weakness and a rash." [my italics]

I love this WOE because of the reduced appetite and hunger pangs, but if the result is this rashiness then I'm going to have to reconsider. I have another appointment with the dermy, but if anyone here has had a similar experience I'd appreciate hearing about it. I'm really hoping there's no connection between my rash and low-carb eating.
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Old 10-09-2006, 09:49 PM   #2
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No rash here.

My skin and hair are in better condition now. Hope you find out what is causing your rash!
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Old 10-09-2006, 09:55 PM   #3
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The only time I got a rash, was when I added in CLA. Apparently some people are allergic to it.

Hope it clears up soon.
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Old 10-09-2006, 10:25 PM   #4
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Thanks for the well wishes, guys. The only supplement I've added to my diet is potassium, but I've just realized that I haven't mentioned this to the doctor. I'll have to bring this up next time I see her. Thanks for reminding me!
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:34 PM   #5
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I have a small rash on my chest , my herbalist I work with long-distance was thinking it was a yeast problem . I started taking his formal a few weeks ago and thankfully it's starting to fade. .A low carb diet is somewhat like a yeast free diet if you take away the cheeses and vinager and mushrooms . Hope you find your problem.
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Old 10-16-2006, 07:50 PM   #6
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I'm glad to hear that your rash is clearing up, Bhambabe. If the dermatologist isn't able to figure out what's going on soon, I may take the non-conventional medicine route, too. In the meantime, I'll keep on applying the corticosteroid cream. I think it keeps the rash amused.
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Old 10-23-2006, 04:44 PM   #7
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I absolutely came down with a prickly, itchy red rash when I started doing Atkins.

I was taking more vitamins at the time than I had taken oin the past (read: I never used to take vitamins) and my doctor thought the B vitamins and Niacin were the culprit.

I hated that rash, and I still don't know to this day if it was low-carbing that did it, or the vitamins. It went away in about six weeks. Good luck with yours! Aveeno baths and a good antihistimine helped me a lot.
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Old 10-29-2006, 03:20 PM   #8
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It could be a food allergy, a reaction to something, or it could be candida (yeast overgrowth) that is fighting back due to your cut in carbs (i.e. the food it prefers). If it keeps up, see a doc.
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Old 10-29-2006, 03:43 PM   #9
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I occassionally get rashes under the breast and the belly overhang (got them before going lowcarb). A remedy that has worked for me (which I learned on a lowcarb list) is hydrogen peroxide -- the the hydrogen peroxide works, it is a yeast rash, if not, something else. Good luck.

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Old 10-30-2006, 08:16 AM   #10
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At first, I thought they were little insect bites, but had no idea how I would have gotten them. After reading this thread, I think it may be a rash. If so, I have had a rash twice. I have rashes right now. On the upper right arm, behind my left knee on the upper calf.

I have had this happen twice, but the last time I had it on my upper left arm.

It's clearing up.
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Old 10-30-2006, 12:42 PM   #11
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Atkins is a de-toxing diet. Your body stores toxins in your fat and when you are burning fat, you can develop rashes. I had them under my breasts. I just put on some herbal cream and it kept it at a minimum, till it went away. That is one of the reasons you should be drinking your water when doing Atkins, it helps your body get rid of toxins easier.

This could be what is happening.

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Old 11-03-2006, 03:23 AM   #12
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I did. I got a terribly disfiguring rash around my eyes and mouth. I went to a big time dermotolgist quite a few times and they couldn't figure it.
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:24 AM   #13
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Ironic that you ask! I have had some feminine problems :blush: for quite some time (a few months). Am fixing to go see a Gyn as treatments for a normal 'yeast infection' haven't been working. I've considered the possibility that all those toxins released from extreme LC and ketosis may be what's causing it. I would be very interested to know if anybody else here has had a similar problem.
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Old 11-10-2006, 08:37 AM   #14
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Splenda?

Anytime I get a rash (red, itchy torso), I reduce or eliminate splenda and it goes away.
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Old 11-12-2006, 04:58 PM   #15
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I had a worsening of my eczema rash a few months after I started atkins, but couldn't figure out what was going on for quite a while. My eczema usually gets much better in the summer, but that summer it stayed bad. As I was tweaking during one of my many stalls, I decided to try a few weeks without any dairy products and in just a few days the rashiness was gone by ~ 95%. I was amazed. Looking back, I had begun having cottage cheese daily as an easy no cook breakfast. No more of that for me. Another common food that causes allergy type issues is soy. Many of the "lc" products are made with soy. Hope you can figure something out that works.
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:11 AM   #16
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The only time I had a bad rash from a "diet" change is when I did "Atkins" some 8 years ago, but I did it the wrong way. I ate only meat and fats, and had severe skin problems. Just be sure to eat enough veggies, in case that might be the problem. I hope your rash disappears soon!
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Old 11-17-2006, 06:40 AM   #17
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I got rashes with any type of dairy. Now that I have removed ALL dairy from my diet I no longer get them.
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Old 12-06-2006, 11:59 AM   #18
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I agree that atkins helps to regulate ones metabolism. If your body is producing rashes, then your body is probably detoxifying itself or else reacting to something.

In the past I developed a rash all over my body and found that detoxifying my body was the only thing that helped.

Today I use the fat flush mixture of cranberry juice and ground flaxseed to help cleanse and rid my body of toxins. I drink water with freshly squeezed lemon juice or lime juice and I take GLA, CLA, evening primrose oil, lecithin and watch what I eat.

If at anytime I feel sluggish or sick I stick to the allowable basic food groups, such as vegetables, meats, fish, etc. I season with herbs or fruits, simple salt and peper and boil, broil, steam and bake. Once I feel better I slowly add other items and watch to see whether it agrees with me or not. If anything disagrees with me I then temporarily discontinue using it. If something wreaks havoc on my system then of course I eliminate it altogether.

Watch your intake of foods and use of seasonings. I do hope that you feel better and your rash clears up.
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I absolutely came down with a prickly, itchy red rash when I started doing Atkins.

I was taking more vitamins at the time than I had taken oin the past (read: I never used to take vitamins) and my doctor thought the B vitamins and Niacin were the culprit.

I hated that rash, and I still don't know to this day if it was low-carbing that did it, or the vitamins. It went away in about six weeks. Good luck with yours! Aveeno baths and a good antihistimine helped me a lot.
grumpygirl, I'm curious - did you cut out/down the B vitamins and Niacin to make the rash go away?

I've been suffering from a rash for years (which I know is not due to lowcarbing) and I've been taking a Vitamin B suppliment for years because it helps me with concentration but now I'm wondering if that's what's been perpetuating my rash.

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Old 12-06-2006, 10:42 PM   #20
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I think it keeps the rash amused.
Bwah hahahah! Too cute.
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:14 AM   #21
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THANK you for posting this

I've had a rash that developed on the sides of my breast, and I had no clue what was causing it. I started Atkins a week ago, and I've already dropped 6lb (yay me!). This is the only thing that has changed, so I guess I need to try to drink more water, and maybe put an anti fungal cream on it.
I'd rather have this rash and lose the weigh though, lol!
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:31 AM   #22
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Sorry for bumping such an old topic, but thank you. I have a rash just like the ones described above (between my breasts) and I was just about to go to the doctor for it, even though it doesn't itch or anything. Definitely going to try the hydrogen peroxide and more water!
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:17 PM   #23
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Hi,

I have heard that you can store all kinds of things in your fat cells - hormones, remnants of medication and antibiotics, etc. It could be that when you get a whoosh of weight loss, a lot of random stuff gets dumped into your blood stream. It could be what causes the rash. If this is true, the more weight you lose at one time, the higher the concentration of "stuff" in your system.

I know someone who had been obese all of her life. She got the band around her stomach and lost a lot of weight in a short period of time. She said that she was on a roller coaster of emotions because of all of the hormones that had been stored in her fat cells. When she lost most of the weight, the roller coaster slowed down.

Hope that helps a little.
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I've noticed a few pimples (unusual for me), but I attribute it to toxins being released.

This thread is reminding me to go find my detox herb teas.

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Old 03-22-2008, 02:29 PM   #25
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Yep. I got one about a month into induction. I would get a periodic flare up every now and then, but it was barely noticeable. Somewhat itchy, but the bumps were just here and there, and very small.

I can't say that I can attribute it to Splenda or vitamins, but it definitely happens to me every time I low-carb. Maybe it is a detox thing?
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I also got a rash a few weeks into induction! I never attributed it to low carb, but for the life of me, I couldn't figure it out. I didn't change soap, laundryt stuff, or eat anything I hadn't eaten before. I also never left the house that day.

It began on my feet. They looked like I was wearing red socks up to my ankles and they were swollen. The next morning, it was on my thighs. Mostly the inner, warmer part but outer as well, just not as bad. The next place was my wrists, my inner, upper arms and around my waist. It itched horribly and was raised. After about 4 days, I went to the dr and got a steriod shot. The itching was better by that night and the rash was gone in 3-4 more days.

This could be from low carbing???
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I got one couple of times on my lower tummy and the back of my leg, behind my knees. I hae it right now on my tummy
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Old 03-27-2008, 01:24 AM   #28
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I got one couple of times on my lower tummy and the back of my leg, behind my knees. I have it right now on my tummy.
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I have developed a rash too: between my breasts and on one hand. This happened to me before in the past when I was following a low carb diet.
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hormones?

I don't get a rash, per se, but I have noticed INTENSE itching. For the most part, it's my legs, but sometimes I'm just itchy all over. The last time anything like this happened I was on birth control pills (bad experience). Has anyone noticed hormonal itching it relation to low carbing?
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