I was given the OK to have the flu shot by my gastro doctor and had one on Friday. My arms started feeling itchy and there seemed to be a bit of a rash going on so I took two Tylenol and two Benadryl (as well as put Benadryl cream), thinking if that's the prep for Remicade, it should work for this type of reaction too. I also decided to bump up my immune system by taking vitamin C/E, a multivitamin, and vitamin B-100 (although I took flaxseed oil pills to compensate a bit), and skipped my daily Purinethol. I know that what I did was basically everything that you're NOT supposed to do when you have Crohn's, but I figured given the circumstances and that it was a one-time blip it would be OK. However, I woke up a few hours later scratching my neck. While my neck really wasn't rash-y there still was a bit of pink on my arms so I took the Benadryl/Tylenol mix again and felt fine the rest of the day. I was still spooked so I skipped my Purinethol again. I just woke up about an hour ago scratching my arm that the shot was injected into. I ended up giving myself Benadryl (Benadryl cream), and the other vitamins again. I have no other symptoms except the rash/itching, but I'm worried that's because I haven't been suppressing my immune system. I don't want to miss taking my Purinethol AGAIN because I know after three days the drug is pretty much out of your system, but I'm afraid that if this is me without taking it, what could happen if I do. I've never had any allergic reaction to any vaccine before but I also haven't had any vaccine since I started the Remicade/ Purinethol. I'm also not allergic to eggs (strange but is a reason many have allergic reactions given website information) as I have them often with no reaction whatsoever. I mean, my arm is still pretty itchy after an hour plus. Has this happened to anyone else, and what should I do in this circumstance? Any advice would be really helpful since it's the weekend and it's not like I can just call up my gastro doctor.
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