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Understanding The Lesser-Known Impact of Fibromyalgia Rash on Your Skin


medically reviewed by Dr Godmi Tresa

Dr. Bhavya

Updated on October 01, 2023

Is it not irritating to experience uncomfortable itching with rashes when tired of long-term body pain that never leaves you alone?

Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain condition affecting the nervous system. Widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive difficulties characterise it. 

While these symptoms are well-known among those familiar with Fibromyalgia, a lesser-known connection between this condition and skin health deserves attention. In particular, some individuals with Fibromyalgia may experience a rash or skin-related symptoms.

In this article, we will explore the link between Fibromyalgia and skin health, focusing on the occurrence of rashes in individuals with Fibromyalgia.

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Does Fibromyalgia Cause Rashes?

Fibromyalgia rash refers to the skin-related symptoms that some individuals with Fibromyalgia may experience. It is important to note that not all individuals with Fibromyalgia will develop a rash, and skin symptoms can vary from person to person. 

Whether Fibromyalgia directly causes rashes remains a topic of ongoing research and discussion. 

While some studies have found a correlation between fibromyalgia and skin manifestations, further investigation is needed to determine the exact mechanisms and potential causative factors. The relationship between Fibromyalgia and rashes may be multifactorial, involving a combination of genetic predisposition, immune system dysregulation, and heightened sensory responses.

Understanding Fibromyalgia Rash

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Fibromyalgia is primarily known for its impact on the musculoskeletal system and the associated pain and fatigue. However, recent studies and anecdotal evidence suggest that individuals with Fibromyalgia may also experience skin-related symptoms, including rashes.

Fibromyalgia Rash on the Face and Other Areas

One of the common areas where individuals with Fibromyalgia may experience a rash is on the face. This can manifest as redness, discolouration, or small bumps. While the exact cause of these rashes is not yet fully understood, we believe that the underlying mechanisms of Fibromyalgia, such as heightened nervous system sensitivity and inflammation, may contribute to these skin manifestations.

Rashes on Other Parts of the Body

In addition to the face, some individuals with Fibromyalgia may also develop rashes on other body parts, such as the legs. These rashes can vary in appearance, ranging from red patches to itchy bumps. It is important to note that these rashes are not universal among all individuals with Fibromyalgia, and their occurrence can vary from person to person.

The Itching Dilemma: Fibromyalgia and Skin Sensitivity

Apart from rashes, individuals with Fibromyalgia may also experience generalized itching without any visible signs of rash or skin abnormalities. This itching sensation can be distressing and uncomfortable, further adding to the burden of symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia. The exact cause of itching in Fibromyalgia is not yet fully understood. Still, it is believed to be related to this condition's altered sensory processing and heightened nerve sensitivity.

Managing and Relieving Itching Symptoms

While complete relief from itching in Fibromyalgia may not always be possible, some strategies can help manage and alleviate itching symptoms. Here are some suggestions:

  • Moisturise
  • Avoid Triggers
  • Cool Compresses
  • Stress Management

Characteristics, Appearance, and Distribution of Fibromyalgia Rash

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The characteristics of fibromyalgia rash can vary widely, and the appearance may differ from person to person. Some individuals may develop red patches on their skin, while others may experience discolouration, small bumps, or even generalized itching without visible signs of rash. The rash can occur on different body parts, with the face and legs being common areas of involvement.

Appearance of Fibromyalgia Rash on the Face

One variation of fibromyalgia rash is its occurrence on the face. It can manifest as redness, discolouration, or small bumps on the facial skin. The rash on the face can be intermittent or persistent and may be associated with other fibromyalgia symptoms, such as increased pain or fatigue. It is essential to consult with a healthcare professional to differentiate fibromyalgia rash from other dermatological conditions that may appear similarly.

Fibromyalgia Rash on the Legs

Another area where individuals with Fibromyalgia may experience a rash is on the legs. These rashes can present as red patches, itchy bumps, or other skin abnormalities. The rash on the legs can be localized or more widespread, and its severity can vary. It is essential to note that a rash on the legs should not be automatically attributed to Fibromyalgia, as other factors or conditions could also contribute to the skin symptoms.

Symptoms and Variations of Fibromyalgia Rash

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In addition to the characteristic appearances on the face and legs, fibromyalgia rash can also make you witness specific symptoms. These symptoms may include;

  • Itching,
  • Tenderness,
  • Increased sensitivity to touch and
  • A burning sensation in the affected areas.

However, it is crucial to remember that the symptoms can vary among individuals, and some may not experience any discomfort or symptoms along with the rash.

Fibromyalgia as a Systemic Condition

Fibromyalgia is not solely limited to musculoskeletal symptoms but is a systemic condition affecting the entire body, including the skin. It features widespread pain and various other symptoms that can extend beyond the musculoskeletal system. 

The exact cause of Fibromyalgia is still not fully understood, but research suggests that it involves a combination of;

  • Genetic Factors
  • Environmental Factors
  • Neurological Factors

One aspect of Fibromyalgia's systemic impact is the presence of systemic inflammation. Inflammation is the body's natural response to injury or illness and is essential to healing. However, in Fibromyalgia, the inflammatory response becomes dysregulated, leading to chronic, low-grade inflammation. This systemic inflammation can contribute to various symptoms affecting the skin.

Neurological Factors and Skin Health

Fibromyalgia also significantly impacts the nervous system, which regulates skin health. The nervous system transmits sensory information to the brain, including pain and itch signals. In individuals with Fibromyalgia, there is a dysfunction in how the nervous system processes and responds to these signals, resulting in heightened sensitivity and altered sensory perceptions.

This neurological dysfunction can contribute to skin-related issues in several ways.

  • Firstly, it can lead to an increased perception of pain and tenderness in the skin, amplifying any discomfort associated with rashes or other skin symptoms.
  • Secondly, altered sensory processing can cause individuals with Fibromyalgia to experience heightened itchiness, even without a visible rash. This itching sensation can be widespread or localized to specific body areas.
  • Moreover, the nervous system's role in regulating blood flow and immune responses also influences skin health. 

Dysfunction in these regulatory processes can contribute to developing skin abnormalities, including rashes, redness, and discolouration. 

Understanding the systemic nature of Fibromyalgia and its impact on the nervous system is crucial for comprehending the potential links between Fibromyalgia and skin-related issues. 

Research Evidences 

Several studies have investigated the relationship between fibromyalgia and skin rashes. 

A study published in the journal "Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology" examined the prevalence of skin abnormalities in individuals with Fibromyalgia. The researchers found that 32% of the participants had skin-related symptoms, including rashes, itching, and dryness. This suggests a higher occurrence of skin issues in individuals with Fibromyalgia than in the general population.

Another study published in the journal "Rheumatology International" focused explicitly on fibromyalgia-related rashes. The researchers discovered that many participants with Fibromyalgia experienced skin rashes, particularly on the face and legs. They also noted that these rashes were associated with increased pain and tenderness in the affected areas.

Common Skin Conditions Associated with Fibromyalgia

In addition to rashes specifically linked to Fibromyalgia, individuals with this condition may also experience other dermatological conditions. These skin conditions are not exclusive to Fibromyalgia but have been observed more frequently in individuals with the condition. Some of the common skin conditions associated with Fibromyalgia include:

Dermatographism: This condition is characterized by the skin being susceptible to touch or pressure, resulting in raised red lines or welts when the skin is scratched or lightly stroked.

Chronic Urticaria: Also known as hives, chronic urticaria manifests as raised, itchy, and often painful bumps on the skin that can come and go.

Raynaud's phenomenon: This condition causes the blood vessels in the fingers and toes to constrict in response to cold temperatures or emotional stress, resulting in colour changes in the skin, such as turning white, blue, or red.

It is important to note that these dermatological conditions do not necessarily indicate Fibromyalgia, as they can occur independently. 

However, their higher prevalence in individuals with Fibromyalgia suggests a potential association. 

What Does Your Bioenergy Go Through in Fibromyalgia Rash - An Ayurvedic View

According to Ayurveda, Fibromyalgia results from imbalances in the three doshas - Vata, Kapha, and Pitta. 

Rashes are a characteristic reflection of severe imbalance in the Pitta dosha. It is when Pitta dosha is excessively disturbed and accumulated; it shows symptoms such as redness, burning pain, bumps and other reactions such as dermatographism.

The occurrence of rashes is not just a superficial occurrence but due to problems within the gut. 

That is why, to eliminate these accumulated toxins and avoid them reaching your skin, Ayurveda encourages detoxification therapy.

At Nirva, the treatment for Fibromyalgia rash often involves a combination of herbal remedies, Ayurvedic oil massages and baths, lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, meditation, and yoga or pranayama practices. 

Treatment Options for Fibromyalgia Rash

The treatment of fibromyalgia rash aims to alleviate symptoms, reduce inflammation, and improve overall skin health. Consulting with a healthcare professional for personalised advice and guidance is important. 

Here are some commonly used treatment options:

Topical Creams

Topical creams or ointments containing corticosteroids or antihistamines are prescribed in conventional medicine to reduce inflammation, relieve itching, and soothe the skin. These creams are typically applied directly to the affected areas and can provide temporary relief.


Over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines help reduce itching and alleviate allergic reactions that could contribute to the development of rashes. 

One of the best herbal antihistamines is turmeric. 

Applying a paste of turmeric on your rashes helps them reduce immediately.


Keeping the skin well-moisturized can help alleviate dryness and reduce itchiness. Choose a fragrance-free or natural moisturizer such as aloe vera gel. You can even use medicated ayurvedic oils regularly to maintain skin hydration.

Lifestyle Changes

Making certain lifestyle adjustments can positively impact skin health for individuals with Fibromyalgia. These may include: 

Stress Reduction

Stress can exacerbate symptoms and potentially trigger or worsen rashes. Engage in stress-reducing activities such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or practising mindfulness.

Proper Sleep

Getting enough restful sleep is crucial for overall well-being, including skin health. Establish a regular sleep routine, create a comfortable environment, and consider relaxation techniques to promote better sleep quality.

Balanced Diet

A balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can support overall skin health. Adequate hydration is also essential for maintaining skin hydration.

Avoiding Triggers

Identify potential triggers that may worsen skin symptoms, such as certain fabrics, chemicals, or skincare products. Avoiding these triggers can help minimize skin irritation.

Self-Care Strategies for Skin Health

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In addition to medical treatments, self-care strategies can contribute to overall skin health for individuals with Fibromyalgia. Here are some practical tips:

Gentle Skincare

Opt for gentle, fragrance-free skincare products specifically formulated for sensitive skin. Avoid harsh cleansers or scrubs that can further irritate the skin.

Sun Protection

Regularly protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays by applying broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF. Wear protective clothing and seek shade when necessary, as some individuals with Fibromyalgia may experience increased sensitivity to sunlight.

Stress Reduction

Engage in stress-reducing activities such as deep breathing exercises, yoga, or hobbies you enjoy. Stress can trigger or exacerbate skin symptoms, so finding effective stress management techniques can positively impact your skin.

Adequate Hydration

Drink plenty of water and maintain good hydration levels. Proper hydration can help improve skin health and reduce dryness.

Comfortable Clothing

Choose clothing made from breathable fabrics, such as cotton, and avoid tight or restrictive clothing that can irritate the skin. Opt for soft, non-abrasive materials to minimize friction and reduce the risk of skin irritation.

Remember, while self-care strategies can be beneficial, they should complement medical treatment and not replace professional advice. 

To Conclude

Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition affecting the nervous system, can impact skin health, with some individuals experiencing rashes and itching. The exact mechanisms underlying these skin manifestations are still not fully understood. Still, factors such as systemic inflammation, neurological dysfunction, and doshas' imbalances may play a role. Treatment approaches for fibromyalgia-related skin issues involve a combination of medical interventions and self-care strategies. 

Individuals must consult healthcare professionals to receive personalized advice and develop a comprehensive treatment plan. By addressing both the musculoskeletal symptoms and the associated skin manifestations, individuals with Fibromyalgia can strive towards improved overall well-being and find relief from the challenges presented by this complex condition.

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