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Things You Should Know Before Taking a Water Pill to Lower Blood Pressure

A few months ago, I went for a follow-up appointment with my physician in regards to my elevated blood pressure. It has been trending to be way too high for close to a year now. We discussed how dangerous it can be, and it would be in my best interest to bring it down with the help of medication. We went over my options that were most suitable for my age, gender and race. I opted to go with the water pill since it had the least side effects. The most common issues that come with them is frequent urination. I figured I could live with it since I am home all the time anyway. 

I took the water pills for 2 months and everything was fine for the first 6 weeks. I felt no different, but unfortunately my BP wasn't necessarily going down by much. I had a few days where it was perfect, but most days it was still elevated. I noticed a few weeks ago that my arms started to turn red and tiny little bumps appeared out of nowhere. I remembered going out to work in my garden, but did so when it was in the cooler part of the day. This was nothing outside of the norm for me. I don't get a sunburn easily at all. I started going through every possible thing that was different in my daily routine, and if I was eating anything different or using anything new. Nothing had changed as far as I could think. 

After doing some research, it turned out that I have a sun rash. It became pretty irritated and appeared on my chest area and lower arms, right where a t-shirt would cut off. I have never had any issues with the sun before, and luckily I wear a face moisturizer with SPF every day, so my face was not affected. It got to a point to where it felt a bit feverish and swollen in some areas, and I had to resist the urge to scratch.  As I got deeper into researching what caused it, it turned out that a water pill (diuretics) is the top medication that can cause it. That explained everything! Once I figured all of this out, I stopped taking the water pill and oddly enough, my BP levels have somewhat come down and are closer to normal, but still needs to be lower. 

I have another follow-up appointment in July and I will decide if I will need to try another medication. The rash has completely gone away, and I am able to go outside without any issues.  If you do get a sun rash, the best way to heal it is to use cortizone cream, avoid using scented products, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and avoid sun exposure as much as possible. If you do need to go outside, be sure to wear sunscreen and a light-colored long-sleeve shirt. If you can't deal with the itchiness, Benadryl will help. It took me a solid 2 weeks to get it completely healed up. I can't imagine staying on the water pill and not being able to be outdoors. No way! I wanted to share this information in the event anyone has considering going on a water pill to lower blood pressure. Thank you for stopping by today! 

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