I was born with Infantile Eczema. About 11 years ago, I am 54 now, I started itching on the side of my neck. It wasn't much then, but became more widespread, across my shoulders, up the back of my neck, and down both arms. I would scratch incessantly at night. I consulted 5 dermatologists, 4 physicians (2 neurologists), aromatherapists, naturopaths, homeopaths, gaggles of General Practitioners (MDs), and have seriously considered consulting a neurosurgeon to isolate and terminate the nerve in my neck that tells my brain that my skin is itching. I have had cortisone in tablets, injections and creams, I have had the entire gambit of all medications, permutations, combinations, you name it, I have been on it. NO ONE has been able to find out what these "subcutaneous termites" are and how to eradicate them, so when I found this website I was excited. Hence this writing. Perhaps there is another person in this world having the same or similar problems, because not one doctor in South Africa has found an answer to this issue. No one has heard of it before. Everyone is quick to say DETOX, try CORTISONE, try this, try that, leave cream on your arms, try deworming tablets (duh!?), ... so I crush certain pills as directed by my MD and add to a face cream then spread on my arms to stop the itch, but it works temporarily. I am on AROPAX 12,5mg nocte, SIMVASTATIN (LDL cholesterol) nocte, and that's it. I also take multi-vitamins for senior men, and Vitamin B Complex. That's all. The only nocturnal relief I get is to place an ice-pack from the freezer directly on the affected area. Some dermatologists have suggested "stress-induced urticaria" although this has been refuted by others whose diagnosis is equally vague. Seriously, there are NO physicians or dermatologists in Johannesburg (South Africa) who really know what is causing this condition.
Maybe someone on this list has a similar experience? I would love to hear from you!
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