Hello. I am a 24-year old male. I have skin that is itchy enough to keep me from sleeping very much most nights, and my skin feels sort of irritated or sensitive. There is no rash or other visible sign. Over the past two months I've had two periods of three or four days where the itching almost disappears, but then comes back again. I've gone to a dermatologist, who didn't find anything, an allergist who found that I had no food allergies, and a few GPs who didn't really know what was going on. They were diligent and did a lot of blood tests, though, which showed that I didn't have anything dangerous like liver failure going on. The only thing that was unusual was my eosinophil count, which was high.
I don't have dry skin, and although I've made an "itch journal" of sorts, I have not been able to find a link between my level of itchiness and anything I do or consume. Benadryl (and Atarax) help, but make me extremely sleepy the next day. There were a lot of changes in my life when this first started - the seasons changed, my diet changed because of the seasonal change, and I moved into a new apartment (that had been recently treated for cockroaches). I've tried changing all sorts of things (soaps, detergents, sheets, etc.), but nothing seems to have any effect. Have any of you experienced anything similar?
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Is it sensitive skin or something else?