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How is skin affected by inflammatory bowel disease?

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You might get raised, painful lumps under your skin, usually on your lower legs. You might hear your doctor call them erythema nodosum. They’ll probably show up at the same time as your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) flares up. They, too, will go away -- without leaving scars -- when you get a handle on the disease. Less common but more serious are ulcers that can range from a small spot to the length of your leg. The more serious your IBD symptoms are, the more likely you are to get them. Doctors treat them with high-powered meds that target your immune system. If you have Crohn’s disease, you might also get lesions inside your mouth. Antiseptic mouthwash and topical steroids can help.

SOURCES:

Levine, J. S., , April 2011. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Vavricka, Stephan R., Disease, August 2015. Inflammatory Bowel

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “What People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need to Know about Osteoporosis.”

TeensHealth.org: Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

WomensHealth.gov: “Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fact Sheet.”

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: “Liver Disease and IBD.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on May 31, 2018

SOURCES:

Levine, J. S., , April 2011. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Vavricka, Stephan R., Disease, August 2015. Inflammatory Bowel

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): “What People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need to Know about Osteoporosis.”

TeensHealth.org: Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

WomensHealth.gov: “Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fact Sheet.”

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: “Liver Disease and IBD.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on May 31, 2018

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