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What causes rashes on abdominal and back area post miscarriage?

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Posted on Fri, 5 Jun 2015
Question: My wife had a miscarriage 2 years ago (the baby stopped groing in week 6, followed by a medically induced miscarriage). Since then she has flares of skin rashes, usually on the belly or the back, but sometimes also on the legs. The rashes usually arise at night-time. On the back there are tiny red dots that start to itch at certain times. Scratching then leave trace marks (graphitis). This happens more frequently around ovulation (and intercourse) and at the end of her cycle. We are trying since 5 years to have a baby, and this was the only pregnancy. My questions:
1. what can we do to get rid of the rashes or at least reduce them (we already live very healthily, eat vegan, attempt to do sport, have normal weight).
2. can it be an immune reaction to me that prevents us from having a baby? If possible, how could we proceed.
3. do you have recommendations where I can read more relevant literature on 1 and 2. (I am an academic, but don't know where to start)
I very much appreciate any help.
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Answered by Dr. Mahesh Koregol (48 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
APLA / SLE

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I understand your concerns about rashes your wife has.

There is possibility of autoimmune cause for infertility. This is called " anti phospholipid antibody" or APLA Syndrome.

Another autoimmune entity is called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE. This also causes infertility or miscarriage in women.

APLA or SLE don't have typical rashes you mentioned. But it will be worthwhile to start reading for your academic interest.

Let me know if you need more information.

Regards,
Dr . Mahesh Koregol
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Mahesh Koregol (12 hours later)
Dear Dr Koregol,

Thanks so much for the reply. Can I briefly ask whether skin problems after miscarriage are common (it is two years by now) and if there is anything we could do to counter them?

Thanks so much. Best wishes
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Answered by Dr. Mahesh Koregol (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
No corelation between miscarriage and rashes

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

There is no correlation between miscarriages and rashes. Dont worry about the rashes as a reason for miscarriage.

The most common cause of miscarriage in first trimester is chromosomal abnormalities. There is high chance that your previous miscarriage is due to chromosomal abnormalities.

I dont see any corelation of miscarriage with rashes.

Let me know if you need any more help.

Regards,
Dr. Mahesh Koregol
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Mahesh Koregol (5 hours later)
Thank you so much. But since the rashes started exactly with the day when the miscarriage was medically induced in the hospital since the embryo had died, can it be
- that the rashes have been provoked by the medication that was given to induce miscarriage?
- that they are caused by permanent hormonal changes due to the miscarriage?

Since the rashes do not disappear we are desperate to find the causes and, more importantly, some way to get rid of them. Any additional thoughts would be very welcome.
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Answered by Dr. Mahesh Koregol (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
TORCH profile

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Abortion medicines don't cause any permanent hormonal changes. Even if there were temporary rashes due to medicines, they would have subsided by now.

I don't think there is anything to do with medicines.

Another possibility is rubella infection. Please get TORCH profile done to check the same.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: APLA / SLE Detailed Answer: Hi, I understand your concerns about rashes your wife has. There is possibility of autoimmune cause for infertility. This is called " anti phospholipid antibody" or APLA Syndrome. Another autoimmune entity is called Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE. This also causes infertility or miscarriage in women. APLA or SLE don't have typical rashes you mentioned. But it will be worthwhile to start reading for your academic interest. Let me know if you need more information. Regards, Dr . Mahesh Koregol