My bf has recurring remitting MS. He has been on Copaxone for about nine month, no serious side effects. He is a Welder by trade. About two weeks ago, he accidentally gave himself a burn on his neck. Put Aloe Vera(plant form)on the burn, and shortly thereafter seemed to develop a reaction(hives)so stopped the Aloe and went to Dr. Dr gave him cortisone cream and told him to take Reactine.
Now he still has small hives around the burn site; also is developing cysts/boils in other areas of the neck and on his head. Says they seem to leak a fluid, he is not sure what the fluid may be. Very itchy, like another allergic reaction. He says he still is taking the Reactine.
Trying to figure out if this is an MS issue, a Copaxone issue, or maybe an allergic reaction to the cortisone cream or if its something else.
Wanted to find out if there is anyone else out there that has gotten this type of thing, whether its from the MS itself, or as a reaction to the Copaxone. He does not use any part of his neck as an injection site, so its not a direct result of that.
Almost looks like cystic acne.
I'm also wondering if the injury to the tissue from the weld burn could have cause his system to go into overdrive trying to fix it and this is a result because of the MS? It would be nice to know if this is a possiblility with this disease so he can be more diligent about not getting another inury in the future if this is what the MS can do to him in the aftermath.
Hope my questions were not too confusing.
Thanks for any and all resposes in advance.
If the doctor gave it the name "dermatitis herpetiformis," this skin rash is a common symptom of gluten sensitivity (which can develop at any time in a person's life).
All the best to you both.
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When I questioned my neurologist on whether there was a relation between Copaxone and shingles, she said she didn't think so, since Copaxone only "modulates the immune system and doesn't lower it". I've heard plenty of other stories since then, however, of people who have come down with shingles a few months into taking Copaxone.
If your boyfriend has had chicken pox, you should mention the possibility of shingles to the doctor.
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