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Summer related exercise induced ITCHY LEGS, anyone??? HELP!

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  • Posted By: Horserider
  • June 13, 2008
  • 00:42 AM

What to do next????
I never used to suffer from itchy lower legs, until 3 years ago when we moved from Europe to New Jersey.
I do fine all fall/winter/spring, but then comes summer and honestly somebody HELP me!
It all started again last weekend when temps hit 90F.
I ride horses during the day, so wearing tights, high socks and chaps or long riding boots, which keep my lower legs very hot & sweaty whilst exercising.
I do fine during exercise, but the minute I take off my riding clothes the itch begins. It drives me nuts. :(
I use Sarna as well as Corti-Aid and take Benadryl every night. Still I'll wake up scratching, putting ice cubes on my legs in the hope the itch will go away.
I live healthily, lots of veggies, very little sugar and in general a very healthy person. I can't see it being food related as my diet in summer vs other times a year is no different other then drinking more water.
Would it be worthwhile to see an allergist? :confused: What more can an allergist offer, then a regular doctor?
This is just SO depressing.
Admittedly on my days off, when I don't ride any horses I'll be MUCH better and on those cooler days, when I'm not sweating in my riding gear, I'll be better too.
I almost feel like I need to move back to a cooler climate. I never suffered from it overseas, eventhough I was riding as much as I do at present. :(
Anybody else has any experience with this? Any suggestions VERY welcome! TIA.

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