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Uncontrollable Itching and Scratching

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  • Posted By: FPerez2053
  • September 2, 2009
  • 08:32 PM

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?)

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  • I know of a young girl in Europe who was haunted by eczema. Her parents found out that after a holiday trip to Morocco her symptons greatly diminished, I guess because of sun and sea. Eventually the girl even went to live in Morocco, with another family, so I am quite sure that in her case the effect was enormous. Hope it might help for you!
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  • I can very much relate to uncontrollable itching (I get this on my lower legs) and drives me and everyone else insane.I came to the conclusion I'm just very sensitive but also trying to find info on nerve damage and the relation to itching, sounds weird but if nerve fibres are damaged it can cause weird behaviour. (I'll have to report back when and if I find a relation to this theory :) )Dust mite (have an allergy there) all other tests came back clear but I still itch after walking on dirt, grass, carpet anything really. My personal experience if the skin is moist even though you may feel the need to add moisture (perhaps thinking dry skin) it's best to keep the area/s dry so the fungus doesn't breed. Sorry if this is not much help :rolleyes: have you seen a dermotoligist for skin scrapping ? I hope you find some relief soonSamanthahttp://www.undiagnosedillness.org
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