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Excessively Itchy Legs and Arms in Winter

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  • Posted By: njenkins360
  • November 12, 2010
  • 04:29 PM


When it is cold outside, and I begin doing some kind of physical activity, thereby warming up my body, my legs and arms itch extremely badly. I only notice it when it's cold outside, and it lasts about 20 minutes, whether I continue the activity or stop the activity. The only thing I've found on-line is dry-skin or infection related occurrences. I'm pretty sure its not my fabric softener, laundry detergent, ingrown hairs, dry skin, etc. The itching is just under the skin. I think it may be related to something where the blood flow into the regions just under the skin are stinging, and macroscopically I feel an intense itching feeling. I'll notice more intense itching in the regions that are doing the most physical activity, eg: my quads when I bike to school, and even my wrist/forearm area from holding the handle bar. I have never experienced anything in my torso, neck, head, groin region. Only my thighs, calfs, ankles, forearms, and wrists.

I am hoping there is something I take, or a ritual I can do, because the feeling is seriously, enraging. If I am in a public place, all I can do is stair at the ground and try not to FREAK OUT!!

I also notice it (in the winter) after I work out at the gym, I won't itch, but then when I stop and shower (sometimes cool shower), the itching will become intense. So that's different than what I said above. I think it's almost related to a fluxuation in the temperature of my limbs.

If anyone has any ideas, or recommendations, please help.


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  • If you become quite cold, then warm up, the affected area becomes itchy. This is normal for everyone. However, you need to become quite cold to begin with.I recommend, not allowing yourself to become too cold to begin with. For example, don't stay out in the cold too long, and wear warmer clothes.You may be more sensitive than other people.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 12, 2010
    • 07:12 PM
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  • Well I can't really avoid it being cold outside. Everything begins to itch when I do physical activity!
    njenkins360 1 Replies
    • November 19, 2010
    • 07:38 PM
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  • Well I can't really avoid it being cold outside. Everything begins to itch when I do physical activity!You should try Sarna, used to be perscription only, great for dry itcy skin. You need to keep your skin moisturised. Also iycy skin can be a sign of kidney problems but that would be permanant, not weather realted periodicly...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 21, 2010
    • 04:32 AM
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  • I've had the same thing for years. I know what you mean, people think it's dry skin. It's not.I notice it most after a shower and, like you said first 20 minutes of working out. The problem I have is I wake up, shower, then go to the gym (I shower again later and it's not as bad).I've tried EVERYTHING. Lowering the heat in my house, different soaps, lotions, detergents, etc, etc. It is truly maddening. It feels as if instantly thousands of ants are biting away at you. Like a huge shock to your body.Usually it only lasts about 1 1/2 months going into the cold weather and (possibly) my skin adjusts, but this year it's lingering on and on. I hate the cold weather, so I'm thinking it has to do with me moving less... less circulation.I believe it's the circulation to the surface of your skin- like you said, it feels like it's under the skin. So after I shower before I hit the gym, I've been doing a lot of movement- stretching, jumping jacks, punching the air... anything to get my blood circulating. I've been feeling it on a lower scale, then when I go to the gym, it hasn't been nearly as bad. Now this "experiment" has only gone on for a couple of days, but ANYTHING is worth a shot.
    Dweller98 1 Replies
    • December 24, 2010
    • 00:11 AM
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  • The same thing happens to me. You are literally allergic to exercise, well to cardio at least.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercise_urticaria
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 31, 2010
    • 05:39 AM
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