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Crazy Painful Itching

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  • Posted By: raza786
  • November 4, 2006
  • 06:25 PM

hello, i am 16 year old boy. I think i am allergic to cold. Its been 3 years.
Now the winter starting and so is my pain. Its ususally ALL over my body and especially on back. It starts to itch when my body gets hot. And it starts when i get scared and when u get scared ur heart start beeping and your body temperature rises. It feels like someone is poking me with a needle ALL over my body. It burns, it hurts. It feels like its never gonna stop. And as it hurts its VERY painful and my body starts BURNING when i itch. I cant live like this. Everytime i am about to cut the grass or do any activity such as sports it starts. Now onething that it stops when i get sweatty, but how can i get sweaty sitting in a classroom?? Its painful and crazy. When i walk home it starts and i feel like taking of my back pack and run crazy till i get sweatty cuz i just cant live with it. Its not even Itch anymore its PAINFUL itching. Also it starts when i get confuse and as my body gets hot. my doctor told me that you need to go live in snow... which i totally disagree with. It starts as winter starts, november, and stops in like July. It is so painful that i feel like killing myself. i used some normal Moisturizing cream and it doest affect alot. An yea the itching stops right when i get sweatty and whic is usually impossible in winter... PLZ HELP ME I FEEL LIKE I M GONNA DIE

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  • www.mayoclinic.com/health/allergy/AN00693 Here is the link where I found that it is possible that you could be allergic to cold weather if it is true that you are not just suffering from dry, itchy skin and all other attempts have failed. They recommend you take an antihistamine before going out in cold weather. Of course, I would ask your doctor before doing this. I hope this helps.
    lynnwalden 20 Replies
    • November 4, 2006
    • 11:18 PM
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  • I just noticed today that i get small red sopts on my body when it happends. and small white dots back of my hands. Any ideas plz?
    raza786 2 Replies
    • November 11, 2006
    • 09:39 PM
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  • Obviously consult your doctor... but I was looking up issues with a rash around my neck which sometimes goes dry in cold weather and itches like buggery when im sweating..And came across Actinic keratosis.. Might be worthwhile looking at this?..http://symptoms.wrongdiagnosis.com/cosymptoms/rash/throat-white-patches.htmGood luck.. and always consult you doctor (however incompetent they may be..)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 16, 2006
    • 00:28 PM
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  • Wow, I thought I was the only one with this problem. I also have an uncontrollable itch that seems the same as yours. I normally get it when my body starts to heat up. I used to think it was just triggered by heat, but recently I've been getting it while I'm sitting in class. I've used all kinds of moisturizers, none of which have any affect on the itching. Mine is the same way that it starts right when I heat up, but then goes away if i start sweating. I've tried researching this to find any diseases with these kinds of symptoms, but I can't find anything that relates closely. Anyone have any suggestions?
    jtsoccer2 2 Replies
    • November 21, 2006
    • 03:27 AM
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  • It does sound like it could be an allergy. If the body is trying to dispose of spent immune cells through the skin, it can lead to a sore itch with small red bumps that turn white as they get scratched. The sweating would assist the body in removing the offending antigens.I'd talk to an allergist about a blood screening to see if you have any elevated levels of immune cells trying to fight normal substances. Food, chemicals in your soap, skin creme, etc...Otherwise, until I found the cause, Coal Tar is very effective in relieving the symptoms. It only worked for 4-6 hours for me but it was relief nonetheless.Oh and it smells terrible, but it works!
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • November 21, 2006
    • 04:26 PM
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  • You probably need to watch what you eat and go on a low-histamine diet. I have the same type of symptoms. If I eat foods like peanut butter, pineapple, chocolate, it is aggravated. Take Claritin over the counter or a cheaper generic of it before you go to school. It doesn't make you sleepy. You could try taking Benadryl at nighttime before you go to bed because it will make you sleepy. You have to lower your histamine level. A shower helps to even out your body temperature. Don't scratch under any circumstances. It gets worse and it could get infected. Try putting ice on the spots when they start. Also, try hydrocortisone ointment on the spots when they first start. You can live with this, lots of people do. We adjust.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 21, 2006
    • 06:18 PM
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  • I've tried Claritin, but I didn't notice any changes. I recently went to a dermotolagist and he said it could have something to do with anxiety. I was wondering if anyone could comment on how anxiety or any mental disorder could have an affect like this. And if so what kinds of treatments are out there for this.
    jtsoccer2 2 Replies
    • November 21, 2006
    • 10:06 PM
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  • Have u been to a dermatologist?Chronic hives, not necessarily meaning that they are there evry moment of the day, but just that they happen very frequently, can be caused by cold or heat. Often at the introduction of the heat or cold to the body i.e. if you're cold and are exposed to heat it can cause your body to break out in hives. Hives are not always these huge splotchy things. They can be as small as a pin ****k and sometimes resemble a mosquito bite (mine always do). They'll usually be white after I itch them. Sometimes if i itch too much I'll bruise. This isn't good either because of the extra bloodflow in the area. The ice idea is great... it also numbs the area. I'd fall asleep laying on ice packs when the attack was at its worst.As far as anxiety, it causes your blood pressure to rise which as you said before increases your body heat.And it may be an allergy esp bec u said that it lasts for a definite period of time. You may want to find out what allergens dominate your area during those months and then watch the allergen index (if u can't find it in the weather section ofyour newspaper, call a dermatologist to find out where u can) and see if there are any common links.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2007
    • 01:53 AM
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  • Not all allergies are caused by histamines- therefore anti-histamines don't always fix the problem. There are other substances like leokotrienes which are release by antibodies by bursting mass cells in your body (just like histamines are released). If leukotrienes is the chemical that is keeping you miserable, there is only one drug, but it is quite dangerous: singulair, but you need a prescription. It is usually given for asthma, but leukotrienes could as well be responsible for your rash.What you can do is prevent your body from creating leukotrienes. You do that by not consuming dairy. Dairy is used by your body to create leukotriens. The moment it get free, you'll have the rash. Also keep your animal product intake to the necessary intake. To kill leukotrienes, you need to eat cauliflower, french beans, onions, broccoli, and tones of onion.These foods actually block it- using their natural flavonoids, quercitin and leutolin.Do not eat sugar or caffeine, or fats because they trigger more of the release of the chemicals.Visit a good immunologist.I know all of this sounds very complicated- but if benadryl does not fix it- it means there is another chemical in the picture.Be well
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2007
    • 03:23 AM
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  • Try using a Warm Mist Humidifier. When you turn on heat in your home in winter the furnace sucks up all the moisture in your home, sometimes so much as to take moisture from your body.This alone may not clear up your problem but it will help as it has done for me.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 5, 2007
    • 05:43 PM
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  • I have had a chronic itchy rash for several months. It tends to flare up in various parts of my body. In areas where it is not itchy, the small red bumps remain. The itch has erupted under my arms, stomach, back of my legs, sides of my thighs and the anal area. I did visit a dermatologist who did a thorough examination of my condition. He diagnosed me with severe dermatitis (cause unknown). However, he ruled out any medication allergy. He prescribed Elidel (a topical prescription cream), ZNP Bar Soap (over the counter) and Dicloxacillin (oral prescription medication). In addition, he recommended using Tide Free Detergent, no perfumes, and no scented lotions. The only brand name product he recommended was Aveeno. I have implemented all of these things, and continue to have this condition. The Elidel does provide immediate relief. The ZNP soap is mildly effective and costly. I have not seen any huge change in this problem other than providing me with some temporary relief. I don't know what else to do. It is also interrupting my sleep since the Elidel only works for a short period of time. Can anyone suggest something else? Thanks for your assistance.Vickie
    VickieLee 2 Replies
    • January 5, 2007
    • 09:11 PM
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  • I thought I was the only one that is allergic to cold. I start about the end of October with itches, and it only gets worse the colder it gets. My fingers crack real bad and it looks like a rash on my hands. My face breaks out with red splotches all over it and it spreads down my neck and to any exposed area on my body, like my ears even. I itch to death and it is horrible.I have tried all kinds of remedies and nothing works. I cant stand it and am thankful it is not all year round.Being how it attacks my face, I think it is ugly and I think other people think something is wrong with me and I am contagious disease, and then I get stress hives on top of that. This is horrible.Thank you for posting your letter.Sincerly, someone who understands,RoseHawk
    RoseHawk 1 Replies
    • January 6, 2007
    • 08:16 PM
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  • Dear RoseHawk:So sorry to hear of your situation. I notice that you mention that your condition erupts in cold weather. You know, I am starting to suspect a certain cover on my bed that I began using around the time this happened to me. One of the things that can cause dermatitis is an allergy to dust mites. Since I've ruled out all other causes of the problem, I am thinking that perhaps this could be the culprit. I have removed the cover and plan to thoroughly dust my bedroom and wash all the bedding to see if that has any effect on my condition. I'll keep you posted! However, I do recommend that you see a dermatologist who can at least give you something to help you with your symptoms. Sincerely,Vickie
    VickieLee 2 Replies
    • January 7, 2007
    • 10:27 AM
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  • I recently went to an allergist. He did an environment test for allergies. He couldn't pinpoint any reactions that stood out. He prescribed me zyrtec and zantac. The first week of taking the medicine I didn't notice any change. Gradually however, the itch just faded away. I still get it every now and then but the attacks aren't nearly as bad. I don't really even notice them anymore. So if any of you have similar symptoms to what I had, go visit an allergist and ask him for zyrtec.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 07:48 PM
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  • i use to eat ice alot, i mean like ALOT, like always eating ice. for 2 years, can this be the effect of eating all that ice? cuz i heared ice make ur stomach hot? creates too much heat inside ur body? and like in winter when its all cold outside and inside ur body its HOT, is there anything thatr has to do with this?
    raza786 2 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 03:59 AM
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  • Check serum calcium, might be a mild case of hypocalcemia
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 04:01 PM
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  • Wow I Have The Same Exact Problem As You...very Painful And Annoying..i Hate It Soo Much..someone Help
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 03:49 AM
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  • I have a friend here who has no temperature regulation system. He just cannot tolerate cold, drafty places or anything like that. He wears a snowsuit everywhere. A good place to begin is an endocrinologist. It has it's root in the glandular system somewhere. It just depends how good of an endrocrinologist you get to unwrap what hormone or gland is out of wack. There is also a part of the brain that is responsible for temperature regulation...start with the endrocrinologist...and shoot for someone who will run more than just a thyroid test; you need hormone levels, too...
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 09:31 PM
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  • I just noticed today that i get small red sopts on my body when it happends. and small white dots back of my hands. Any ideas plz?You may want to look into something called "prickly heat" or heat rash. Here is a link: http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec18/ch206/ch206b.htmlIt mostly happens in hot weather, but can also happen in cold weather when you wear too many layers.Go to a dermatologist, they know best. Good luck!
    GKMPhoto 10 Replies
    • January 30, 2008
    • 10:16 PM
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  • I sympathize with your problem and hope you will not let this destroy your life. For years I have searched for a cause for this type of itching. The typical medical responses totally miss the point. Not a single doctor has been able to give me any help and they all have ignored my problem. There is one thing I would suggest you try. Watch what you eat and avoid anything with MSG (Monosodium glutamate) in it. It is supposed to be a flavor enhancer but, when the truth is known, it is actually an appetite enhancer. I strongly suspect that MSG is the culprit behind our national obesity problem. It is almost impossible to escape it since it is in many foods and is hidden by the manufacturers. Labels seldom reveal the additive as merely MSG but give it another name. If it has to be hidden, then there is probably a sinister reason. Chinese food is notorious for MSG being present. Another thing to consider is not using sweateners with aspartame. Nearly every type of gum has it in them. Educate yourself as to what foods have what additives. We are fighting an uphill battle because behind all of this is the economic greed of the food industry. Efforts are being made to combat this poisoning of our citizens but it will take a huge effort to get it stopped. I suggest you visit the website www.truthinlabeling.org for good information. Research the topic of MSG and then make your complaint known to the Goverment and the Food and Drug Association. Avoid eating food with MSG and see if this makes a difference in your itching problem.
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