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Itchy legs to the max!

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  • Posted By: Crusty Nut
  • October 25, 2006
  • 03:43 PM

I've had itchy legs for pretty much most of my life, but in the past year, it's gotten really bad. I'll wake up in the middle of the night and scratch the sh!t out of them even if before I go to bed i say to myself "okay, no scratching tonight." It's not just at night though...it just feels so good when I scratch them, but then I hate myself right after because I'll have a bunch of spots on my legs where I obviously scratched too hard and I made them bleed. And then the scabs itch. It's a vicious cycle. During the summer, it got better. My mom told me to let them see the sun, so I started sunbathing in the yard and they got a little better...but of course I had scars so my legs never looked great, but still, they weren't as intensely itchy all the time like they are now. I try and moisturize, but that hasn't ever really seemed to help (hydrocortisone too. that helps sometimes, but you're not supposed to use it that regularly), and I don't have medical insurance so I can't go see a doctor about it...ugh. My mom insists that it's psoriasis, but it's not because I have psoriasis on other parts of my body (fingers, toes) and that's not it. Darn my skin! Darn my genes!!!!

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    Crusty Nut 2 Replies
    • October 26, 2006
    • 06:12 AM
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  • I take it you are fairly young. You may grow out of it. I had a similar condition to what you are describing in my preteen and teen years. My mother just said it was "Eczema" and told me to live with it.However by the time I was 18 or 19 it had gradually disappeared without me realizing it. You might grow out of it.I suggest you avoid any heat on your legs. Don't sit in a hot bathtub or wear pants that restrict airflow (too tight). As an experiment you could try sleeping with just a single sheet over your legs so they stay cooler. You can put a regular blanket over yourself from the hips up so that your body stays warm.You could also try getting one of those gel-packs that you can freeze. Freeze it and then keep it under your pillow at night. Instead of using your fingernails to scratch, try and rub the cold pack on your legs instead to see if that reduces the itching to the point where you don't scratch. Be careful not to freeze your skin!Moisturizing: Almost every "moisturizer" on the drug store shelf is just another variation of mineral oil, you can buy the pure form, it's called Baby Oil. You have been trying these and they aren't working. I'd suggest you try an oil that is not mineral. Such as: Olive oil, corn oil, peanut oil or even unsalted butter if you're daring.You may find that a natural vegatable oil may work for you whereas a store bought moisturizer won't. The only thing these oils do is prevent evaporation from your skin. Thus your skin stays "moist."The problem with using an organic based oil such as these is of course the fact that they degrade. Some of them also have a distinct aroma (such as butter). So if you want to try this route you should use the oils VERY sparingly! You will also have to wash the old oil off daily or you'll start to smell. Go out and buy a small bottle of Olive oil, or your mom may even have some in the cupboard. Put a small amount in your palm then rub your palms together. Now rub each leg with a hand. You don't need much!It's probably best to do this after bathing when your skin is quite hydrated already. Hope some of these suggestions bring you relief, I know how CRAZY the itching can drive you!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 26, 2006
    • 00:25 PM
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  • Try washing all your clothes towels and sheets in a dye and fragrance free laundry detergent. Use dye and fragrance free soap and shampoo. I had a full body rash for 2 months. I went to the emergency room for scratching until I bled, nothing helped, the drs. had no answers, just medications. Turned out that I developed an allergy to something in my detergent. If that doesn't help, it could be fleas. Does your family have any pets in the house? Or did you move to a house that had pets? Some people attract fleas more than others (my mother seems to have this problem - she's diagnosed flea problems in homes where the owner had no idea they had a problem) and itchy legs is the symptom. Thats as far up as they can jump. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 26, 2006
    • 08:28 PM
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  • Actually, I'm 21 and still haven't grown out of it. Sooo yeah, that's a no to the fleas since I don't have a pet. Interesting idea with the olive oil and whatnot too, I might have to look into that. I hate this more than...something I hate a lot. Thanks though! And if anyone else has any other suggestions that'd be great. I wish I knew someone else who has the same thing going on.
    Crusty Nut 2 Replies
    • October 27, 2006
    • 05:25 AM
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  • Freestylefigureskater@hotmail.com is my email.Thanks Brandy
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 04:51 AM
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  • i to have this problemyour skin may be releasing a toxini take bifodopholis, asodophilis (sp?)etceat yogurt WITHOUT sugarthe intestinal flora is out of balancethis is proven to work
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 00:19 PM
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  • I'm 21 and last year I had this too (still do sometimes) - I had excema really badly until I had tests done and figured out some of the things I was allergic too - this may be of no help but who knows, it was the one thing that helped me. My doctor told me that using a nice soothing cream like E45 would help - so I did. When I saw the dermatologist it turned out that I was allergic to lanolin - what is E45 full of?? Lanolin! So I was smothering myself in the one thing I was allergic to. Lots of people with sensitive skin are allergic to this, and it's contained in many of the products that claim to be gentle to sensitive skin - Nivea use it in some of theirs too. So if you're using anything with that in it then maybe stop and see what happens?
    Bambi170 1 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 03:17 PM
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  • I am a 26 year old female and people i am going to go crazy. My legs start itching before i go to sleep at night. it first starts of with this really nice itching feeling in a small part at the back of my legs and as soon as i give in tot he temptation to start scratching it it gets worse. It van go on for hours. My legs start getting these red bumps from scratching looks like a severe rash. As i am typing this response my one leg is going crazy. Have googled for answers cause i just can not take it anymore. I want to go insane. I have tried using fragrance free soap, lotion and detergent but it does not help. I am going to go to the Dr and will inform you what his response is. lets hope he can give me an answer.
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  • Try this thread http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=2254
    Chiqqy 4 Replies
    • August 29, 2008
    • 01:35 PM
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  • I am 21 years old and have itchy legs almost all of the time. Especially when I get out of the hot shower. It is mostly in the winter when the days are dry. One thing that seems to help ease the itch is rubbing vaseline on them. It helps for the time being to hydrate. It usually lasts all night long and into the next day.
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  • I am 45 and had itchy legs for 3 years . The itch spread to my arms and lower back. I finally went to the doctor and was told to stop using shower gels etc. I was also given a dermatological cream called Dermol. The itching has stopped and my rashes are disappearing. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND GO TO THE SULPHUR SPRINGS IN ST LUCIA. Yon can read about the sulphur benefits on the net. PS When I have used shower gel my legs itch me again especially after wearing jeans and leggings. -Marcia W.London
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  • I also suffered from itchy legs, especially the lower front.I found excellent relief by making a mixture of 2 parts rubbing alcohol (known as Isocol in Australia) to 8 parts water and putting the mixture into a small sprayer.Spray onto the itchy parts, rub in gently and just let it dry. Repeat after 10 mins if necessary.If that does not work use pure Isocol.Hope this helps.Certainly helped me.
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