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ITV Coronation Street's Colson Smith says chronic skin condition 'disheartening'

Coronation Street star Colson Smith has revealed he was recently diagnosed with a chronic condition, which can be "disheartening" at times. The actor, who has played Craig Tinker on the ITV soap since 2011, said he has taken to wearing long sleeves since January to cover up rashes caused by the skin condition.

Colson, 24, explained that it is not clear what causes his chronic idiopathic urticaria. But he hopes it isn't due to an allergy from his favourite foods Nando's or Haribo Tangfastics, as his Corrie co-star Jack P Shepherd has suggested.

The condition causes hives - red, itchy rashes - on his skin in different parts of his body. He told Sofa Cinema Club podcast: “It only annoys me when it’s on my face. It’s a bit disheartening when it’s on your face," reported the Daily Star.

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He added: "[The GP] said it has no pattern, it happens for no reason. It’s not one thing." The actor also revealed he had an outbreak shortly before appearing on This Morning on Tuesday (April 18) alongside Jack, who plays David Platt on Corrie.

Colson said: "Jack thinks it is Tangfastics, or Nando’s, and I did have Nando’s that day. He added: "It is bizarre. It just about went down [before This Morning].

"I could feel it when I was there, but you couldn’t fully notice it. I was worried I was going to go on TV looking like I had lip filler." Colson said he is taking medication to keep the condition under control and doctors had told him it should stop after six months.


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