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Itchy arms

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 15, 2009
  • 02:12 PM

Hi I have been experiencing very itchy arms for the past 2 weeks. It is worse at night and doesnt effect any other areas of my body at all. I have not changed my diet or detergents, I do not have any other health problems or symptoms..its a mystery if you ask me! I dont have a rash, any spots, bites or inflammation.

Any ideas what this could be?

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  • Hi I have been experiencing very itchy arms for the past 2 weeks. It is worse at night and doesnt effect any other areas of my body at all. I have not changed my diet or detergents, I do not have any other health problems or symptoms..its a mystery if you ask me! I dont have a rash, any spots, bites or inflammation. Any ideas what this could be? Have you solved this problem yet. I have the same problemIt's weird, no rash, no signs of lumps, bumps etc.my username is surreal66Hoping to hear from you and if you solved this problem
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  • Could be dust mite ??I seem to get more itchy on the calves of my legs. Just an idea anyway, perhaps get some allergy testing down to be sure.Samanthahttp://www.undiagnosedillness.org
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  • My arms itch like crazy, mostly at night. Sometimes it is worse when I am hot. I started to wipe the ichy areas with alcohol, thinking it may be a parisite or something. It does seam to help.
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  • My arms itch like crazy, mostly at night. Sometimes it is worse when I am hot. I started to wipe the ichy areas with alcohol, thinking it may be a parisite or something. It does seam to help.There's something called Brachioradial Pruritus. Itchy forearms. Some studies show that it's related to sun damage. HOWEVER, other research shows that it can actually stem from damage to the cervical spine (Ie:herniated disc, lesion, degenerative changes etc.) typically to C5-C6 region. I personally have a severe disc herniation with central spinal cord compression causing my brachioradial pruritus. It might be best to start with Xrays of the cervical spine....then an MRI of the same with specific attention paid to C4-C7 to rule out anything higher or lower. Then perhaps an EMG to find if there is specific nerve damage to those areas. Good luck!!! Google "Brachioradial Pruritus" and see if that doesn't fit you to a "T" ;)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 2, 2009
    • 08:56 PM
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  • maybe scabies
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 3, 2009
    • 05:37 AM
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  • Were you near any poison ivy?
    wbl4sur 24 Replies
    • December 3, 2009
    • 01:00 PM
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  • Were you near any poison ivy? That's another great answer but also, poison oak spreads like wildfire.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 4, 2009
    • 04:56 AM
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  • My arms itch like crazy, mostly at night. Sometimes it is worse when I am hot. I started to wipe the ichy areas with alcohol, thinking it may be a parisite or something. It does seam to help.Although I have yet to be diagnosed I would bet my life on Brachioradial Pruritis after reading more about it. Somethings work sporadically: steroid creams and antihistamines. What works for me: iron pills and tattoo sleeves that compress my arms while sleeping and keep me from getting to my skin. I have also found that the sleeve helps with my anxiety concerning skin damage as well as preventing me from breaking/tearing my skin during sleep. I have worn them to work if needed. If I wear the sleeves( the kind that cover wrist to wrist across my back) I demenish the itching episodes to a night or 2 as opposed to indefinitely. I take iron for 2-3 days when I begin to itch and wear the sleeves if necessary.I have been to many drs including 4 dermatologists -everyone told me to stop scratching and gave me steroidal cream along with an assortment of diagnoses.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 27, 2010
    • 06:44 PM
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  • Although I have yet to be diagnosed I would bet my life on Brachioradial Pruritis after reading more about it. Somethings work sporadically: steroid creams and antihistamines. What works for me: iron pills and tattoo sleeves that compress my arms while sleeping and keep me from getting to my skin. I have also found that the sleeve helps with my anxiety concerning skin damage as well as preventing me from breaking/tearing my skin during sleep. I have worn them to work if needed. If I wear the sleeves( the kind that cover wrist to wrist across my back) I demenish the itching episodes to a night or 2 as opposed to indefinitely. I take iron for 2-3 days when I begin to itch and wear the sleeves if necessary.I have been to many drs including 4 dermatologists -everyone told me to stop scratching and gave me steroidal cream along with an assortment of diagnoses.This is me!! I have the same exact symptoms! It started in December with what I thought were hives went to Dr. and had the typical questions asked about change in "stuff" nothing is new. I had bloodwork done to chk for allergies and everythingwas negative. I have been suffering terribly the past 2 weeks and starting to break the skin from scratching so hard. I have also started sleeping in long sleeve shirts and wearing them all the time. It is MUCH worse at night and just a bit annoying throughout the day. I am going to research and try to find a Dr. to help. My father has been suffering for 10 years but his also is on his calves and tops of his feet. Very bizarre! So happy I found others with this condition. I'll pst if I get any answers. Has anyone tries Sarna cream? My father said it helps a bit. I'm going out to buy some today!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 4, 2011
    • 05:24 PM
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  • Hi I have been experiencing very itchy arms for the past 2 weeks. It is worse at night and doesnt effect any other areas of my body at all. I have not changed my diet or detergents, I do not have any other health problems or symptoms..its a mystery if you ask me! I dont have a rash, any spots, bites or inflammation.Any ideas what this could be?It's brachoradial pruritis. I had a sunburn on my forearms and could not stop itching to the point I could not sleep and my arms were bleeding. I felt like cutting my arms off it was driving me crazy. I diagnosed myself after researching it on the internet. What cured me was accunpuncture, which is a recommended treatment.
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  • Hi I have been experiencing very itchy arms for the past 2 weeks. It is worse at night and doesnt effect any other areas of my body at all. I have not changed my diet or detergents, I do not have any other health problems or symptoms..its a mystery if you ask me! I dont have a rash, any spots, bites or inflammation.Any ideas what this could be?I have found taking vitamin B12 complex has cured my itching,i did not suffer from any allergies but had serious itching which was alleviated using Eurax cream,but this was only temporary relief.After one month or so using B12 complex the itching has vanished,what relief! Hope this helps
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  • About itchy arms - I had it for about ten years on and off and tried everything. It gets much better if you keep your upper back supple and seems to come from constriction in the spine. Good diet (eliminate junk) helps too. However.... a couple of years ago I was told to try hydrogen peroxide and it absolutely works. Just smooth a little on and gently rub it in with a soft brush or a bit of soft cloth. Just magic and the itch stays away for ages! I don't know why it works but it does.
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  • My itchy arms is purely sun related. I am fine all winter long (with long sleeves) and as soon as spring comes along and my arms are exposed to the sun, the itching starts. As long as I wear long sleeves, I am fine. I am excited to report that I have tried Badger Sunscreen for babies SPF 30 and so far the itching hasn't been bad. I have had my arms exposed to the sun only for an hour or two and so far so good. I hated having to wear long sleeves all summer, so I am hoping this will work.
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  • My arms looks horrible from me scratching so hard that I have broken the skin. I wake in the middle of the night to find that I've been scratching. There are no bites, no rash, nothing to show why my arms are so insanely itchy. I take an allergy pill ever single day, and my iron can't be too low otherwise I wouldn't be able to give blood every 6 weeks. Its so nice to see I'm not alone in this. That it's not just in my head.
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