I am at my wits end. For the past 1 1/2 years I have had uncontrollable itching on both my arms. I was using Vaseline Intensive Rescue Lotion, but stopped seven days ago. In the last three months, the lotion has been leaving a burning sensation. Furthermore, the itching has spread to my legs.
Seven days ago I decided to start looking at what would happen to my skin if I didn't use lotion. The redness on my arms went away. However, the itching on my arms, my legs, and behind my knees, is still as bad. I find that when I sit down, especially at night I not only scratch my arms, but behind my knees. I scratch to the point that bleeding begins, at which point I get embarrased and stopped. The resulting scarring makes it very difficult to jog, and run. Something that I do on a consistent basis, to keep up excercise.
I want to be healthy and nothing is giving me releif. Benadryl doesn't work. Aloe Vera doesn't take the itching away. Antibacterial soap burns, but eventually alleviates the itching for at least 10 - 15 minutes.
I know I have eczema. My skin on my fingers will dry out to the point that vesicular lessions appear. My skin on my arms, and legs, appear flaky, and dry. Some spots have the brown color of the mildew stains you sometimes get at the bottom of your shower curtain.
I've been told that my arms look like they have a fungus on top of them. It feels as if though the fungus is under the skin. The itching comes from under the skin, spots where I normally sweat, and around spots that have already been scratched.
I have open wounds due to the scratching, and have developed many nodules. The itching is worse when I am laying in bed and begin to sweat.
Please help. The itching is so bad, I can't stop scratching. It keeps me from getting things done around the house. I can't go to sleep until 4am in the morning either because I keep scratching all night.
(my wife started comenting that I smell better too, once I stopped using the Vaseline lotion - huh?)