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Contageous itching with no signs of rash...

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  • Posted By: skroll1
  • October 27, 2009
  • 10:10 AM

For nearly 3 months now I have had intensely itchy skin with usually no visible rash. Occasionally I can feel a bump where my skin is itchy, or they will develop after I have been itching for a while. The itching gets so bad that I will unknowingly itch my skin open in the middle of the night.

It is the worst on the back of my knees and thighs, below my butt, my lower back, the entire front of my torso, and my hands.

About a month ago my boyfriend started itching as well with many of the same symptoms. We don't live together but occasionally (once or twice a week) sleep in the same bed.

I have recently had the worst itching in between my fingers, in the "webbed" portion. Usually it is the worst in between my thumb and index finger and I will get clusters of 3 - 15 tiny little white/flesh colored hard bumps that itch like crazy. Sometimes I will get some in between other fingers or on the sides of my fingers.

The itching usually isn't too bad during the day, but gets HORRIBLE (almost unbearable) at night before I go to bed and continues through the morning and slowly goes away by mid morning.

I have had fleas and I know it is not that.

I have been to my doctor several times and they keep telling me that I should try benadryl and claritin/clarinex and I have tried all of those for weeks at a time with no relief. Any information would be helpful... I'm miserable. :confused:

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  • You've got scabies.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 23, 2009
    • 11:15 AM
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  • I would see an allergist/immunologist - have them check your tryptase and histamine levels. Maybe you have a mast cell disorder or some other allergy causing these symptoms. Perhaps Zyrtec OTC would help. Try changing sheets, laundry detergent, etc - see if that helps. Since your bf had some too it may be something you are using or eating. For nearly 3 months now I have had intensely itchy skin with usually no visible rash. Occasionally I can feel a bump where my skin is itchy, or they will develop after I have been itching for a while. The itching gets so bad that I will unknowingly itch my skin open in the middle of the night.It is the worst on the back of my knees and thighs, below my butt, my lower back, the entire front of my torso, and my hands.About a month ago my boyfriend started itching as well with many of the same symptoms. We don't live together but occasionally (once or twice a week) sleep in the same bed.I have recently had the worst itching in between my fingers, in the "webbed" portion. Usually it is the worst in between my thumb and index finger and I will get clusters of 3 - 15 tiny little white/flesh colored hard bumps that itch like crazy. Sometimes I will get some in between other fingers or on the sides of my fingers.The itching usually isn't too bad during the day, but gets HORRIBLE (almost unbearable) at night before I go to bed and continues through the morning and slowly goes away by mid morning.I have had fleas and I know it is not that.I have been to my doctor several times and they keep telling me that I should try benadryl and claritin/clarinex and I have tried all of those for weeks at a time with no relief. Any information would be helpful... I'm miserable. :confused:
    rainsky 28 Replies
    • November 24, 2009
    • 08:07 PM
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  • The interdigital (between the fingers) stuff is classic for scabies.Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for some medicine. IIRC, it is treated by putting on a cream before bed.You are right about night time itching. They become active at night.Likely all the bedding in your house needs to be washed in hot water/hot dryer and all the people need to be treated also.Talk to your Doctor before putting pesticides (anti scabies/anti lice) meds on children. (THeir nervous systems/brains are more sensitive to poisons than adult's are.)Best of luck.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scabies
    emma_chase 9 Replies Flag this Response
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