I wanted to share a story about what is happening to me right now with regards to tapering off the prednisone steroids, and the strange acne side effects that are coming along with it. I have ulcerative colitis, and several weeks ago a pretty nasty flare up developed which caused my UC symptoms to get pretty bad. So, I was prescribed prednisone and shortly afterwards, I began taking 15 mg of prednisone per day. That is a pretty minimal amount compared to the high doses I’ve taken several times before.
Not initially, but after beginning the tapering of the steroids, I started to notice the acne and the strange pimples on my scalp. This was actually very similar to the first few times I began tapering off these anti-inflammatory drugs. Just where my hairline begins on my head, there are in many places small hard pimples. It is so weird. And then just last week, I noticed the same acne like pimple on the outside of my right foot. The ones on my feet look to be filled with a white puss. They don’t hurt at all, but they are identical to the bumps that started a year or so ago before I developed some bad psoriasis on both my hands and feet. I am worried that the psoriasis is going to begin any day now as well.
Here are two pictures of what the foot pimples look like right now. The red area around them is where I popped a few, and the white puss came oozing out.
If anyone else who has started tapering off of prednisone and also has developed some puss filled acne like pimples on your feet or scalp, please make a comment below. This stuff is very weird, and although it doesn’t hurt and I’ve been through it before, it is still odd and I can’t wait for it to go away on its own. What is bothering me the most is the itchy feeling that comes from the pimples that are on my head under my hairline. They are a real drag to deal with. So, if you have dealt or are dealing with this right now, I totally understand what you’re going through.