Alright, so I have itching on my arms (and hands - agh!), legs (mostly lower legs), and the bottom of my belly as well as a couple of spots on my breasts. The itching comes from small spots - perhaps bug bites? - and my skin seems more... sensitive. Scratching my itches has given me scratch marks all up my legs, and I am pretty thick skinned usually, I don't think this would not happen if there weren't something else wrong. This started about a month ago, and three things have happened in the past month that come to mind,
- One, our cat (an outdoor cat) got fleas.
- Two, my fiance and I got a couple of dressers from my to-be mum-in-law.
- Three, I got a copper IUD inserted.
We have flea'd the cat and cleaned the sheets, but my fiance - who sleeps in the same bed as me - does not have any itching at all, so I don't feel like bed bugs or something similar is a likely possibility. I also kept my clothes out of the dresser for a week without any relief, so I don't think it is the dresser. That leaves the IUD and the possibility of an alternative factor I've yet to consider. To my knowledge, I don't have a nickel/copper allergy, and I am not experiencing any other side effects - there is also no itching near my vagina or even much near my upper thighs. Nonetheless, I have already made an appointment with the women's clinic to discuss the possibility and have it removed if it seems like it could be the case.
But I want to know if you might have other opinions? Any symptoms for a skin irritation or disease? Potential alternative causes?