Yearly Archive: 2016

The Diet Doctor’s Thoughts on Keto Rash

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Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, aka The Diet Doctor just published a post yesterday on the Keto Rash:

Keto Rash – Why Some People Itch on Low Carb, and What to Do About It

He has an interesting theory in that he believes the itching and rash is caused by “ketones in sweat” because it usually starts soon after ketosis, gets worse in hot weather or after exercising, and distribution matches areas where sweat accumulates.

His recommendations include wearing more comfortable clothing, showering immediately after exercising, and exiting ketosis.… Read More

Keto Rash in Greece?

Here is an e-mail from Dem in Greece:

I am sending to you my case of “keto rash” in case you find it interesting for your very helpful website.

Wanting to lose some weight after my holidays I decided to follow to the letter the Dukan Diet protocol because I know from the past that it works but I had never because followed it strictly.

So I started with the Dukan Attack Phase eating for 4 some days ultra-low carbs. On the fourth day I noticed the rash on my skin.

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Ilya’s Experience with Keto Rash

[Ilya shared here experience in the Comments section of the Treatment page:]

I started the keto diet in January 2014, after I hit the 117 kg mark and I decided that it is finally time that I should make a change. My weight problems in my opinion were coming due to my inability to fight sugar and carb cravings, which most of the days was leaving me at probably more than 300 grams of carb intake. For the following two months on the keto diet, I have experienced weight loss of around 22kg, dropping down to 95kg by following a very strict carb intake regime at practically zero.… Read More

Relationship Between Gut Biome and Keto Rash?

Recently posted in the Forums, a reader with keto rash wonders if there is a connection with a stool analysis that was done previously.

Hi Philip,

Thanks for your website – it’s good to know I’m not the only one that has suffered. I too get a rash when I embark on a high fat, low carb diet. It’s happened to me at least twice now and usually comes on about 1.5 weeks or so into the change in diet. For me it starts in my arm pits and then spreads across my trunk, although my skin as a whole feels very hot/irritated.

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Keto Rash, Pregnancy and Dandelion Root

Another reader’s experience who reached out to me on Facebook.

Hi There!

So, I want to share my experience in hopes that it can help others.

I was pregnant and diagnosed with gestational diabetes. With that diagnosis, I had to manage it beginning with my diet, which means going into a state of ketosis, managed by my doctor. I could eat some carbs, but not enough to rid my body of the keto rash.

However, since I was pregnant, my rash was misdiagnosed as PUPPPS (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy).

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Treatment of Keto Rash with Healthy Oils and Oregano Oils

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Recently, many readers have been reaching out to me on Facebook to share their experiences.

So I had the rash that started a week into keto and I’m happy to say that after day 60 of the keto diet that it is completely gone! I would say just stay consistent of very low carb, and lots of healthy oils. Also I took oregano oil for about 10 days. The rash was also all over my armpits and chest…it actually got a bit worse than the pic shows.

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Samantha Successfully Treats Keto Rash With Doxycycline

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Samantha developed keto rash but didn’t want to stop doing the diet so she opted to go with doxycycline which successfully treated the rash.  She did a wonderful job documenting her experience with photos as you can see.

Here is Samantha:

 

Around day 9 of keto, I noticed a small rash under my breasts. It wasn’t itchy at first, but it spread VERY quickly and within 3-4 days my chest, neck and some areas of my sides and back were covered in bright red bumps and splotches.

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Victor’s Experience with Keto Rash

Here are a series of comments and e-mails I received from a reader named Victor, who like many people have been seeing success from a ketogenic diet with weight loss and overall feeling better, and then the dreaded keto rash appears.

He does a good job of tracking his blood ketones and diet and details his experiences below.  At one point he finds success with a chinese herbal medicine, but then discovers it was just a confounding variable, and ultimately successfully treats the rash by increasings his carbs.… Read More

Great Keto Rash question from a reader… Wish I knew the answer

Hi Philip,

I just discovered your site and think it’s great to have a source that tries to bind all the information and research on this ‘keto mystery’ together for the advancement of knowledge and treatment.

I have started a keto diet three times now in a period of about 2 years, the most recent one a week ago. Furthermore, I also experience the keto rash. The first time it happened was after about 1-1,5 months in. I had the rash for max. two weeks and then I went on vacation and basically the diet got botched.

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Melanie’s Keto Rash Experience

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Reader Melanie was kind enough to allow me to share her experience with the keto rash.  She also sent me a photo of her rash that she gave me permission to share.

Thank you for this blog! I just started a strict keto diet about 3 weeks ago and got the rash about 5 days ago. It started small and then spread into a pretty symmetrical rash all over my sides, lower torso, and mid back in two patches. The itch is making me crazy! It was only minimally calmed by hydrocortisone and calamine.

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