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Have you had a reaction like mine? Is it fish oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 08, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Hi everyone.

Recently I posted about my sudden acne increase, which I now believe is not actually acne. I initially noticed that I was getting red bumps on my forehead, but they never turned to acne. I also have red dots all over my back and sides of my body but they don't itch or hurt and haven't turned into acne. I noticed all of this after doing a high dose of a new fish oil after reading Martin Berkhan's recommendation to get 3g of DHA EPA a day. I am not positive that it's the fish oil that's messing me up but I did read that one possible reaction to fish oil is hives here: http://www.energyfirst.com/site/files/essential-fats/Fish-Oil-Side-Effects.htm

Has anyone else had this reaction? I switched from this fish oil: http://www.amazon.com/Nature-Made-Omega-3-1200mg-Softgels/dp/B0000DJAQU

to this one: http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Factors-Rxomega-3-Softgels-240-Count/dp/B002W12DJ6

The most pills I had ever taken with the first supplement was 4 at a time. The most of the second one I took was 6 at a time but only for a couple of days. I was trying to hit that target but I'm thinking it may have been a bad call.

I don't cook with any oils and I eat mostly beef, though it is not grass fed. I have never had this happen to me before so I am cutting out fish oil entirely for at least a week to see if it clears up.

It's not shingles or scabies from my google searching, so that's a relief. It's not contagious or my fiance would have it happening. I'm not sure it's hives exactly but maybe the first google searches that come up are just the extreme versions. I don't think it's stress related as I don't feel stressed out. Thanks for any help!

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:45 PM

THis may sound silly, but is there anywhere on our bodies that we don't have hair folicles????

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:27 PM

That's similar but the bumps are showing up where there are no hair follicles so I don't think it's what i'm having issues with.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on June 08, 2011
at 02:08 PM

I'm cutting it for a week or until it clears up, whichever comes first.

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on June 08, 2011
at 01:40 PM

Just make sure the vitamin A is retinol. Also if your not already try supplementing D and K2

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on June 08, 2011
at 12:59 PM

I should be getting enough vitamin A. I am taking Mega Men Sport from GNC which has 5000 IU of it. I also eat a bunch of carrots and other veggies, though I know that doesn't correlate exactly. I may try that approach thanks.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on June 08, 2011
at 12:57 PM

There's no itching involved and I didn't go camping so hopefully I don't have that.

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 08, 2011
at 01:30 PM

just sounds like too much for your body at once, sounds like a rash. Try cutting it out for a few days and see if it clears up. I don't like supplementing things for this reason, i react to everything.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on June 08, 2011
at 02:08 PM

I'm cutting it for a week or until it clears up, whichever comes first.

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on July 27, 2013
at 05:21 PM

I had the exact same response (red acne like hives all over body and forehead) after trying 10 caps (~5g) of Kirkland signature Omega 3 fish oil.

I have a feeling it is the cheaper grade fish oil. I want to try a better brand like Blue Ice but it might be cheaper to eat plain fish.

One study shows omega 3 from fresh fish is absorbed 10x better than oils.

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:22 PM

It sounds like you're describing keratosis pilaris. I suffered from it badly until I started supplementing with flaxseed oil. And it pretty much disappeared. After researching, it seems that it is linked to fatty acids.

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 08, 2011
at 03:45 PM

THis may sound silly, but is there anywhere on our bodies that we don't have hair folicles????

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on June 08, 2011
at 03:27 PM

That's similar but the bumps are showing up where there are no hair follicles so I don't think it's what i'm having issues with.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:47 PM

Do you get enough vit A(retinol)? I get almost exactly as you describe if I go low in Vit A. Take a 10000 IU supp or eat some liver and see if that helps.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:40 PM

Just make sure the vitamin A is retinol. Also if your not already try supplementing D and K2

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:59 PM

I should be getting enough vitamin A. I am taking Mega Men Sport from GNC which has 5000 IU of it. I also eat a bunch of carrots and other veggies, though I know that doesn't correlate exactly. I may try that approach thanks.

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1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on June 08, 2011
at 12:38 PM

Did you go camping right before this happened? You are a little far north but what you are describing sounds a lot like redbugs to me, but you didn't mention itching still it might be worth looking into

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:57 PM

There's no itching involved and I didn't go camping so hopefully I don't have that.

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