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itchy skin on upper body undiagnosed

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  • Posted By: astephens
  • June 4, 2009
  • 05:35 PM

I have had periodic itchy skin on my arms and sometimes going up my shoulders, for the last 10 years or so. I am now 42 years old (female).
My ears and scalp also bother me, however the doctors say I do not have psoriasis or even dermatitis. This does not occur anywhere else on my body. It comes and goes, in every season, when I was pregnant, when I'm not....I have been to many doctors including 3 dermatologists who have given me every cream, prescription and non, and every pill imagineable for itchy skin. NOTHING WORKS!
I also been to an allergist. I am supposedly allergic to many weeds and dust and down, although none of those things give me any other allergy symtoms (such as runny nose or sneezing or itchy eyes).

There are no marks on my skin. No redness, no bumps....nothing!

What is causing this itchy skin on my arms? Why does it come and go? It is driving my crazy!

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  • You don't say where you live, but you might consider a Vitamin D3 deficiency. I had itchy upper arms and shoulders from about December through March. It felt like sand on my arms, and if I scratched, there was redness, which you say you don't have. I wondered why this disappeared in March and decided it was because I wasn't in the sun (I live in Seattle) and maybe my body ran out of enough Vitamin D. So I upped my Vitamin D3 to 5,000 IU a day, and within 2 days the itching was gone (so were the sandy patches). Worth a try...doesn't cost much.
    roses4mysoul 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • This is also very interesting. I live in Chicago and work in an office, and don't get nearly the natural sunlight that I love and crave. It certainly wouldn't hurt to up my vitiman D3 to see if that might be the cause. Thank You! You don't say where you live, but you might consider a Vitamin D3 deficiency. I had itchy upper arms and shoulders from about December through March. It felt like sand on my arms, and if I scratched, there was redness, which you say you don't have. I wondered why this disappeared in March and decided it was because I wasn't in the sun (I live in Seattle) and maybe my body ran out of enough Vitamin D. So I upped my Vitamin D3 to 5,000 IU a day, and within 2 days the itching was gone (so were the sandy patches). Worth a try...doesn't cost much.
    astephens 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • i too suffer from a sandpapery condition on my upper arms, and a similar but more significant occurrence on my upper back, with occasional spots on my legs, and although it's not itchy 24/7, repeatedly throughout the day it is quite agony. it's been on me to varying degrees for maybe 5 years, since approximately i started taking levothyroxine and cut way back on my intake of alcohol. none of the prescription creams and antibiotics have done much, and not only does it itch so, i hate the look & feel of it - certainly unbecoming. i don't get alot of light, so your solution would make perfect sense.thank you -
    narrateordie 1 Replies Flag this Response
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