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Burning/Itchy Skin at Night!!!

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  • Posted By: Burning/Itchy
  • February 7, 2007
  • 11:21 PM

Help! Each Night around 4-6 PM my skin begins to burn all over, it can itch as well. Been to all the doctors. Unbearable, any ideas? Collidal Oatmeal Lotion sometimes helps. No visible rash. No help from Neurologist, Dermatologist, GP, Endocrinologist...

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  • Same problem here. I've only been experiencing it sporadically for a couple of weeks however. I have no idea what is wrong with me. Symptoms begin in the very early hours of the morning. It starts with a intense burning/tingling sensation around neck, face, and inner arms. It then spreads across my back, chest, and upper legs. Everything itches. My skin becomes visibly red and splotchy, but no bumps or anything. I have dust allergies but they've never bothered me like this before. Does anyone know anything about this condition? It's sort of freaking me out. Thanks for any help!
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  • I know this isn't a hot flash and it's more what I see you guys describing. First a certain area will start to get really hot (usually my upper arms) then it will start to itch or feel like a million pin *****s. Then my face and neck and my thighs. I get really splotchy like hives only no raised bumps. When I take a couple of benadryl it clears up very quickly which lead me to believe it was an allergy. It seems to happen shortly after I eat, but I've been tracking what I've eaten right before it happens and there is no commonality that I can find. This started about a month ago. About 4 mos ago I cut out wheat and dairy because of allergies so I know it's not thoses.I guess this post isn't helping but misery does love company.
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  • OK I am getting the same thing. It starts in April and ends in August and for 2 years in a row now. I get burning skin after I start working in the yard, and then when I eat it I get burning in my legs and arms. I feel like my insides are swelling my legs, also so sharp sometimes I feel like I am getting bit by something, also tingling like my legs are going to sleep but I can feel them. They thought the chemicals I use in the yard for the grass were the problem and I got them on me or ingested them by breathing in the stuff when I poured the bag, but now when I eat lunch it happens to me, mostly at work not home. I have no problems in the winter. If I use cortizone or take a benedryl it helps me. I almost was thinking I have diabetic neuropathy but tested negative to diabetes. I also am ready to lose it. I just want some permanant relief. My dermatologist can't help me. My primary doctor did say my Uric acid came out high but I am not having a gout attack. I have outdoor allergies and wonder if just touching stuff starts it and then when I eat it makes it happen again.
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  • I too am experiencing the itching burning sensation later in the day. It originally seemed to be between 4 - 6 pm, now though the itching seems to lasts all night. It is only located on the top of my left arm, by my elbow. It becomes unbearable. The icepack seems to help. Anti itch creams do not. I am seeking the help of a Doctor tomorrow as it is very iritating. I find this really wierd that so many people have to same problem, especially with late afternoon symptoms. I have no visible rash, however once it starts itching, it becomes red in the area and very warm to touch. Any help out there?I have been having the same problem. It starts itching in the evening and gets worse at night and it is on my bicep area on both arms. i've tried benedryl and cortaid,moistrizers,oils and even my ezema cream the only thing that helps is to sleep with ice packs on my arms. Please let me know if you figure it out. I've read liver problems, too much vit a, caffiene, dry skin allergies.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 6, 2007
    • 03:32 AM
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  • I want to thank everyone for all the suggestions as to what could be causing this horrible itch. I'd been suffering for well over a year and thought I was going crazy. The doctor and the dermatologist were both a waste of time. One person's post mentioned Candida (yeast infection). I didn't think this was my problem, but I'd looked at everything else, why not look this up. Guess what, the list of symptoms for this was describing me. I never thought all my other issues (hypothyroidism, IBS, allergies, etc) could be connected to the same cause. I learned that the natural yeast (Candida) in your digestive tract, if not kept under control by bacteria (killed off by antibiotics) can grow out of control and become a fungus, and eventually wreak havoc all over the body. It causes all kinds of problems, including skin itching. I'm now on a Candida diet and will be going to the doctor for an anti-fungal medication. They don't have a good way to test for overgrowth, as everyone's "normal" is different, but the side effects from the medication are the same as what I deal with now. In the meantime, I decided if it was a fungus, I would use a topical anti-fungal medication to see if my itch would go away. I ran to the drugstore and picked up an athelete's foot spray....it's working. As I'm not killing the fungus on the inside yet, the itch isn't completely gone, but I stopped tearing my skin apart, I can sleep at night and my skin isn't "on fire". This might be worth looking into if your last hope is freezing your skin with an icecube in order to fall asleep.
    stjohner 1 Replies
    • September 12, 2008
    • 07:13 PM
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  • HELP HELP HELPi am about to go crazy i am itching at night when i go to sleep and it wakes me up it is mainly on my hands and lotion only subsides it temporarily my hands get red and that is about it no raised bumps i have no allergies and i do not work with chemicals my husband says it is stress but you know it happens when i am most relaxed and asleep so i don't think stress
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    • September 29, 2008
    • 08:09 AM
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  • okay so you guys itch at night. and it drives you crazyjust recently i have been itchy all over all day. no visible symptoms. it gets worse at night time too but i think that has more to do with the fact that im not occupied. its worst on my hands and feet which drive me CRAZY. i have no allergies. i dont use any moisturizer but when i tried it didnt help. my skin isn't dry and it doesnt flake if i scratch itit seems completly normal just verrry itchyiv playd with the idea that it could be the changing of weatherpreviouse years my forarms would get itchy at this time of year but i had little bumps and flaking. turns out it was some sort of fungus but its been treated and went away.any ideas?
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    • November 25, 2008
    • 11:04 AM
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  • I have the same problem so bad sometimes I cry! iT LAST SOMETIMES FOR 3 HRS. AT A TIME . i TAKE loradidine and it helps but not enough. Please find the reason and a cure. Thanks.My Itching Post 9/14/2009Hi All you itchy folks. I am one too. I am a caucasian male in N. Texas, 50 years young, 5' 10" tall, 192 lbs. I have allergies really bad, take Loratadine 10mg (generic Claritin) and if congested take generic pseudophedrine (a degongestant). I have been on allergy meds of one sort or another including shots since I was a kid. I just had some blood tests done and my blood sugar is 124 (too high) but my doctor says lose 10-15 lbs and my blood sugar will be back where is it supposed to be. Since my cholesterol measured 244 (been there for years) my doc also just put me on meds for that but I have only taken them 2 days. Doubt they could have kicked in that fast to resolve some of the itching intensity.I sit at a desk 10 - 12 hours a day doing stressful network engineering work. Did I say my job was STRESSFUL? But I have a job and for that I am thankful to God. I do not eat right, I do not sleep right, I do not exercise enough (sometimes not at all). I am 15 or so pounds overweight but I had worked out well into my 30's then just stopped because of my job taking so much time and energy. I have been suffering from the following symptoms on and off for about 2 months:Itchy skin (seems to move around but is all over my body and varies in intensity)When I say itch, it is more like a scalding burn, deep, and tingly some times but feels like I rolled in poison ivy or have been stuck by hundreds of pins. Once in awhile I feel like someone stuck a straight pin deep in me at differing spots. Once in awhile the spider web feeling or like a bug is crawling up my leg or arm or back, face or eyelid. My skin is not dry and the source of the itch is much deeper anyway.I am adjusting my diet and started doing a little workout or taking a walk daily. I realized I have not been drinking as much water as I had been in the recent past. So I started drinking more water every day. I drink a large glass (22 oz.) every 2 or 3 hours or the equivalent of two cans of Coke. By the way, I recently started drinking diet Ckoe :) for the caffeine fix. About the time I started replacing water with diet soda all this itching started. I have all but stopped soda, started drinking more water (filtered) and the itching is about half the intensity it was just 2 days ago. I am also taking 2 x 400 I. U. of Vitamin E first thing in the morning and also in the evening. I turned my A/C down from 79 to 77 and that did help me sleep better last night. I feel much better in fact. I am no doctor. Just trying to help. I wish you well in your recovery. I have not resolved this yet but if you have any other suggestions especially if you fit my profile, please let me know. Thanks.
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    • September 15, 2009
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  • My Itching Post 9/14/2009Hi All you itchy folks. I am one too. I am a caucasian male in N. Texas, 50 years young, 5' 10" tall, 192 lbs. I have allergies really bad, take Loratadine 10mg (generic Claritin) and if congested take generic pseudophedrine (a degongestant). I have been on allergy meds of one sort or another including shots since I was a kid. I just had some blood tests done and my blood sugar is 124 (too high) but my doctor says lose 10-15 lbs and my blood sugar will be back where is it supposed to be. Since my cholesterol measured 244 (been there for years) my doc also just put me on meds for that but I have only taken them 2 days. Doubt they could have kicked in that fast to resolve some of the itching intensity.I sit at a desk 10 - 12 hours a day doing stressful network engineering work. Did I say my job was STRESSFUL? But I have a job and for that I am thankful to God. I do not eat right, I do not sleep right, I do not exercise enough (sometimes not at all). I am 15 or so pounds overweight but I had worked out well into my 30's then just stopped because of my job taking so much time and energy. I have been suffering from the following symptoms on and off for about 2 months:Itchy skin (seems to move around but is all over my body and varies in intensity)When I say itch, it is more like a scalding burn, deep, and tingly some times but feels like I rolled in poison ivy or have been stuck by hundreds of pins. Once in awhile I feel like someone stuck a straight pin deep in me at differing spots. Once in awhile the spider web feeling or like a bug is crawling up my leg or arm or back, face or eyelid. My skin is not dry and the source of the itch is much deeper anyway.I am adjusting my diet and started doing a little workout or taking a walk daily. I realized I have not been drinking as much water as I had been in the recent past. So I started drinking more water every day. I drink a large glass (22 oz.) every 2 or 3 hours or the equivalent of two cans of Coke. By the way, I recently started drinking diet Ckoe :) for the caffeine fix. About the time I started replacing water with diet soda all this itching started. I have all but stopped soda, started drinking more water (filtered) and the itching is about half the intensity it was just 2 days ago. I am also taking 2 x 400 I. U. of Vitamin E first thing in the morning and also in the evening. I turned my A/C down from 79 to 77 and that did help me sleep better last night. I feel much better in fact. I am no doctor. Just trying to help. I wish you well in your recovery. I have not resolved this yet but if you have any other suggestions especially if you fit my profile, please let me know. Thanks.I too started to experience intense itchy at my last job which was in the IT field. I worked as a helpdesk tech and the stress level there for me was insane. It got to a point where it was so bad I had to quit the job and switch fields after 4.5 mths into the job. I gained about 20lbs there and also had difficulty sleeping due to all the stress. I also didn't have much time to exercise as well. I am an active person but spending 4hrs a day on commuting to and from work was too much. I have now gone into the fitness field and have lost all the extra fat I put on and even lost a little more extra. My life is almost stress free and I am a tonne happier. The itchy issue has not stopped and its been about 9mths now since I started to experience the itch. Antihistimes do not work, however if I take a high dosage I am usually knocked out 2-3 hrs after taking it and can at least get some sleep 50% of the time. Had a few bloodtests done and they all came back fine. I also had 2 allergy tests and both came back negative. At this point I am at a lost for what to do. I drink an enormous amount of water everyday so I don't think dehydration is an issue. I do drink diet coke like 1-2 times every week or 2 so I don't know if that might have been causing it. I'm going to try to cut that out from my diet and if possible stop eating outside food. I did find in the beginning that having a cooler temperature in my room helped in the beginning but that does not seem to work for me anymore. I will try putting all my water bottles in the fridge as suggested and see if that helps.
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    • September 22, 2009
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  • This weird itching is a sign of female hormonal imbalance..Check your hormones...check your TSH....Correct the imbalances and the burning itch will go away immediately..This is what happened to me..I know this isn't a hot flash and it's more what I see you guys describing. First a certain area will start to get really hot (usually my upper arms) then it will start to itch or feel like a million pin *****s. Then my face and neck and my thighs. I get really splotchy like hives only no raised bumps. When I take a couple of benadryl it clears up very quickly which lead me to believe it was an allergy. It seems to happen shortly after I eat, but I've been tracking what I've eaten right before it happens and there is no commonality that I can find. This started about a month ago. About 4 mos ago I cut out wheat and dairy because of allergies so I know it's not thoses.I guess this post isn't helping but misery does love company.
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    • October 19, 2009
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  • PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE POST> THIS MAY HELP YOU!!! Because this is long, there are two posts.PART I Eyes- I have suffered with these exact same symptoms for 12 years. Eye irritation-lots of chunky mucus, especially if I use eye drops. It collects in the corners of the eye by the nose, bilateral. It is clear to white. If I wear sleeping goggles, then it is dry, indicative of an allergic reaction.Dry Nose- much worse in the winter, but sprays and a Nasal Gel (yes such a thing exists), helps, providing I do it three times a day religiously.Cold Sensation - My nose and mouth are always "cold," even in the heat of summer. I also get it in my feet. Peppermint Skin Sensation- This is the WORST of all of them, and the moment I red peppermint skin, I knew exactly what you meant! It's like a cool burn sensation. For years I thought is was scabies or dust mites, then a histamine problem. It's none of those things!Cough - Never ends. However a steroid inhaler worked for me. However, whenever I get a cold, I will cough for weeks, sometimes months, afterwards. Can't even get through a sentence. Odd Odors - I too smell different. Especially my sweat, just odd smelling. Other things- I sweat on the tip of my nose. Perspiration accumulates there, and don't know why. I also get very sore in specific areas such as my sternum. In addition, my glands are always sore. Not swollen, just sore. This is especially true under my arms (my right one in particular), and in the groin. Sometimes they also swell a little. Lastly, my face often swells up, and my skin on my face is always very tight, smooth and shiny. Things that make it worse>1) New clothes. My skin burns and itches every time I put on a sweater, so I can no longer wear them. 2) Cold weather is always worse than warm, and humid is worse than dry. To bad I don't live in southern California. 3) Showers can also make it worse, especially if I'm not using a water filter. Testing- 1) I've been testing for Auto-Immune disease, ALL allergies (patch testing included), Thyroid Problems, Diabetes. What I Don't Do/Do I do not work in a chemical ridden area. I do not wear new clothes (just have to wear to the old stuff over and over) I do take fish oil, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, every day. What It's Not Based on YEARS of Experience-1) It's not based in mites or parasites (though that is what it feels like... a million bugs under my skin on my face and neck, as well as on my wrists and collar bone. Therefore, anti-parasitic medications will do nothing. 2) It is not viral, so taking rounds of anti-viral medications will also not help. Ditto for bacterial. 3) It's not an allergic reaction. However, it could be related to an allergen to oneself, or a form of auto-immune, even with negative ANA's. Thyroid testing (Hashimoto Syndrome is possible, but Thyroid medications will not help)4) It's NOT related to diet, meaning eating something will not make it worse or better. Of course one should always eat well regardless.What Does Help: 1)Getting in the sun. For some reason, things improve in the summer (I live in the north east), so I try to go to California in January. Sunlight mitigates the peppermint burning and itching skin. 2) Using a chlorine filter on your shower. Don't know why, but it helps a little bit.3) Eating red meat. Every time I have a steak, the burning and itching subsides for about ten hours. It's still there, but not as strong, and it does not consume me. Eating McDonald's (yes it's meat), does not help. It has to be a good rib eye steak or such. 4) Sleeping. Sleeping for 10 to 12 hours also helps with the itching, but not so much with the burning.5) B12. THIS WAS MY BIGGEST HELP, so please read on> One doctor thought the problem was neurological, and gave me Methylcobalamin (B12 Injections). There are numerous types of B12, but it has to be the methylcobalamin variety, which is the unstable form. It is readily available in the USA, even though what we normally purchase in a drug store/GNC is cyanacobalami or hydroxicobalamin, otherwise known as the synthetic form. Those varieties will not work. The methylcobalamin is injected, you do it yourself with a diabetic needle, and NO it does not hurt one bit. Methycobalamin completely cured all of the symptoms within three days, BUT I developed cystic acne all over my body. I mean painful ****y large cysts. I eventually had all of them injected by a dermatologist, and was given Orencia (an anti-biotic), which slowly cleared the acne up. However, I had to stop the methylcobalamin. Now for the bad news. When I tried the B12 injections again months later at a much lower dose (I was taking 50mg three times a week, and went to 15 mg once a week), it did not work. 6) Ferrlecit. This one also helps so please read> Iron infusions (not oral pills which upset the stomach, but actual IV infusions) of Ferrlecit administered by a doctor once a week for 12 weeks. I did this because my iron was so low, it registered as anemic. Ferrlecit will make your skin dark, but it goes away a few weeks after you stop the infusions. Some other perks, you have tons more energy, you think much more clearly, your memory is better, and it also coats the mylan sheath of the nerves helping with the burning skin. However, it is not a quick fix, and the beneficial results wane over time. The infusions are completely painless and take about an hour once a week. YOu need to commit, and do it every week for a minimum of three months. You will be amazed, if you are iron deficient, how much your iron level will increase in just twelve weeks. Please note, your iron saturation rate (which is different from you iron itself), also MUST be evaluated. Saturation rate determines your rate or iron absorption (high saturation = high rate of absorption while low is the converse). Please note: Iron deficiency is NOT a result of a poor diet, but of poor malabsorption. People who have stomach issues (Coltis, Ulcers, Gastritis, Irritable Bowel), are MORE likely to have absorption problems, and therefore more likely to have peppermint burning itching skin. Iron absorption decreases as we age, and poor absorption can also be heredity. It is also more common in vegetarians. My conclusions: The cool burning peppermint skin and itching is NOT based in mites or parasites, but IS based in the mylan sheath of the nerve endings which, when stripped due to a lack of B12 and/or Iron, creates cool burning itching skin. Vitamin D (found in sunlight) works in conjunction with B12/iron as well as with calcium, and therefore also plays a role. My Blood results DID reveal a Vitamin D deficiency, along with a B6 deficiency, as well as a testosterone deficiency which may or may not be related. I'm not talking about low levels of the above, I'm talking about virtually non-existent levels, so please get yourself checked for the same things.
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  • Same problem here. I've only been experiencing it sporadically for a couple of weeks however. I have no idea what is wrong with me. Symptoms begin in the very early hours of the morning. It starts with a intense burning/tingling sensation around neck, face, and inner arms. It then spreads across my back, chest, and upper legs. Everything itches. My skin becomes visibly red and splotchy, but no bumps or anything. I have dust allergies but they've never bothered me like this before. Does anyone know anything about this condition? It's sort of freaking me out. Thanks for any help!I have the same problems as you. This is my first attempt at using this website, and I'm if you have received:1) Replies from anyone?;2) Any "real" medical advice?;3) What is your present treatment (or has the condition disappeared?)I would appreciate a reply at your convenience.Regards,Ralphralph162@yahoo.com
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    • January 1, 2010
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  • It has been just over one year since I've been experiencing these nightly itching fits. Some nights are simply unbearable for about an hour, and always starts sometime after 9pm. And the itching pops up in multiple places, and whenever it stops in one spot, another flares up. Just last night, I had a very intense itching episode that lasted hours. I finally took a heavy dose of ibuprofin (1000 mg) which really made my symptoms subside and made it possible to fall asleep. That might be worth trying.Also, whenever I possess the willpower and can suppress my urges to scratch (which is very rare), the itching/burning will flare up tremendously for a short time, but then dies off in a very short time. I have not sought any professional health advice...yet. I am a 30 year old male with no known allergies.
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    • January 3, 2010
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  • I know this isn't a hot flash and it's more what I see you guys describing. First a certain area will start to get really hot (usually my upper arms) then it will start to itch or feel like a million pin *****s. Then my face and neck and my thighs. I get really splotchy like hives only no raised bumps. When I take a couple of benadryl it clears up very quickly which lead me to believe it was an allergy. It seems to happen shortly after I eat, but I've been tracking what I've eaten right before it happens and there is no commonality that I can find. This started about a month ago. About 4 mos ago I cut out wheat and dairy because of allergies so I know it's not thoses.I guess this post isn't helping but misery does love company.I got allergy testing done, and was told I was highly allergic to both types of dustmites (are in all pillows, upholstered furniture, unwashed clothing, carpet, bed and sheets:even synthetic materials, because they feed of human dander, dust & such), and also both types of coackroaches (American and German - had to laugh at that, but it can get especially bad if they're in the walls and die/dehydrate after eating from traps or poison). So if you happen to also be allergic, then you may have similar symptoms to mine - red burning in the face, itching of the skin; it's often in the evening and more often in the morning - both times where I'm more in contact with my couch and bed, and on carpeted floors (we didn't vacuum often, it didn't seem to be dirty!). I was told to take over the counter Zyrtec instead of Claritin (Doc said it was stronger, but pharmtech said they were the same, so I just assumed one chemical was better at one end of the allergy spectrum than the other) and it works pretty well on top of - vacuuming more often, washing sheets and my mattress pad in hot water once a week, washing pillows and duvet every couple of weeks (instead of buying expensive protective covers) - things like that. More work for me, so if I'm sick or lazy, I just take benedryl (it doesn't make me as tired as most, especially if you take it more often than 3 times a week, and doctor agreed it doesn't hurt your body to do that).If it's not an allergy, sorry - but there are some reports that Demodicosis (mentioned in a previous post) was linked to dustmites... worth an allergy test if you can afford/get one. Or try the cleaning more often and see if it helps - vacuum your mattress even to really see.Hope this helps and Good luck!~Bex
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  • I know this isn't a hot flash and it's more what I see you guys describing. First a certain area will start to get really hot (usually my upper arms) then it will start to itch or feel like a million pin *****s. Then my face and neck and my thighs. I get really splotchy like hives only no raised bumps. When I take a couple of benadryl it clears up very quickly which lead me to believe it was an allergy. It seems to happen shortly after I eat, but I've been tracking what I've eaten right before it happens and there is no commonality that I can find. This started about a month ago. About 4 mos ago I cut out wheat and dairy because of allergies so I know it's not thoses.I guess this post isn't helping but misery does love company.Just reading some of the threads, I too have a burning itch. Mine starts of the morning, about an hour after I get up. I have been to countless Drs. no help. I changed my faimly Dr. three weeks ago. At the very least this one listens to me. I have high blood pressure, no other problems. I am completely healthy. This high blood pressure thingy started about the same time as the burning itch. My skin gets red and it is very hot. Like a lot of you I thought I was dehydrated, but I was not. I paid attention to when it started, any time I would get damp (from taking a swower, sweating, or just beng in a rain shower the itch would start). This was when it was at its worse. I changed every thing that we washed in I couldn"t take a swower any more, I started to bath in epton salts.(only way I can bath) no soap of any kind. It is always when I start to dry off, that the burning itch starts. Now the last time I saw the new Dr. I told him to forget about the high blood pressure, that I needed him to do something about this burning itch. He started to pay attention when I showed him my skin. It was very red and the itching was intense. He went out of the room for a while and came back. He wrote me several percriptions for different types of meds. They all were ant-ihistamines. He said that I had mastocytosis, their is no cure, but he could treat my symptoms. The meds help, and you can bet I take them about an hour before a bath. The itch is not gone, but I can live with it. I will continue to look for a cure and I hope that everone on this forum can get help for their itching. God bless you all.
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  • I know this isn't a hot flash and it's more what I see you guys describing. First a certain area will start to get really hot (usually my upper arms) then it will start to itch or feel like a million pin *****s. Then my face and neck and my thighs. I get really splotchy like hives only no raised bumps. When I take a couple of benadryl it clears up very quickly which lead me to believe it was an allergy. It seems to happen shortly after I eat, but I've been tracking what I've eaten right before it happens and there is no commonality that I can find. This started about a month ago. About 4 mos ago I cut out wheat and dairy because of allergies so I know it's not thoses.I guess this post isn't helping but misery does love company.I am 49 and I was just reading some of the threads, I too have a burning itch. Mine starts of the morning, about an hour after I get up. I have been to countless Drs. no help. I changed my faimly Dr. three weeks ago. At the very least this one listens to me. I have high blood pressure, no other problems. I am completely healthy. This high blood pressure thingy started about the same time as the burning itch. My skin gets red and it is very hot. Like a lot of you I thought I was dehydrated, but I was not. I paid attention to when it started, any time I would get damp (from taking a swower, sweating, or just beng in a rain shower the itch would start). This was when it was at its worse. I changed every thing that we washed in, and bathed in. I couldn"t take a swowers any more, I started to bath in epton salts.(only way I can bath) no soap of any kind. It is always when I start to dry off, that the burning itch starts. Now the last time I saw the new Dr. I told him to forget about the high blood pressure, that I needed him to do something about this burning itch. He started to pay attention when I showed him my skin. It was very red and the itching was intense. He went out of the room for a while and came back. He wrote me several percriptions for different types of meds. They all were ant-ihistamines. He said that I had mastocytosis, their is no cure, but he could treat my symptoms. The meds help, and you can bet I take them about an hour before a bath. The itch is not gone, but I can live with it. I will continue to look for a cure and I hope that everone on this forum can get help for their itching. God bless you all.
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  • I have had this sensation only twice in my life and am experiencing it right now. My hands burn, itch and tingle mostly at night. What becomes unbearable is when my head begins to itch!!! Talk about torture. This first happened to me 10 years ago and it lasted for a week and then disappeared on its own. My only conclusion then was anxiety. This time around, I had a sudden onset of the itchy burning sensation two nights ago and I again that it might be anxiety related??? I can't figure out what else it can be. I have no known food allergies, nor do I work around chemicals.
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  • I know this isn't a hot flash and it's more what I see you guys describing. First a certain area will start to get really hot (usually my upper arms) then it will start to itch or feel like a million pin *****s. Then my face and neck and my thighs. I get really splotchy like hives only no raised bumps. When I take a couple of benadryl it clears up very quickly which lead me to believe it was an allergy. It seems to happen shortly after I eat, but I've been tracking what I've eaten right before it happens and there is no commonality that I can find. This started about a month ago. About 4 mos ago I cut out wheat and dairy because of allergies so I know it's not thoses.I guess this post isn't helping but misery does love company.Probable cause fur or feather mites in your bedding. Solution teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in an eggcup. Add boiling water...it will fizz. Leave to cool, apply to affected area, keep solution available, won't go off....works for me
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  • I read all posts but there is no good reason all of you have the same disease. I list some of known reasons of Pruritus:ETIOLOGY:Primary skin disorders: Xerosis, Atopic dermatitis, Contact dermatitis, Urticaria, Dermatophytosis, Lichen simplex chronicus, Psoriasis, Scabies, Pediculosis corporis and pubis Systemic disease: Renal disease, Cholestasis, Malignancy, Multiple sclerosis, Thyroid disorders, Diabetes, Iron deficiency anemia, HIV, Allergies, Psychiatric illnessOther: Brachioradial pruritus, Notalgia parestheticaPS. I leaned lots of things from you. e.x. I like the dehydration theory.Good luck.
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    • September 19, 2010
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  • I know this isn't a hot flash and it's more what I see you guys describing. First a certain area will start to get really hot (usually my upper arms) then it will start to itch or feel like a million pin *****s. Then my face and neck and my thighs. I get really splotchy like hives only no raised bumps. When I take a couple of benadryl it clears up very quickly which lead me to believe it was an allergy. It seems to happen shortly after I eat, but I've been tracking what I've eaten right before it happens and there is no commonality that I can find. This started about a month ago. About 4 mos ago I cut out wheat and dairy because of allergies so I know it's not thoses.I guess this post isn't helping but misery does love company.I am also miserable with my itching burning arm. Sometimes it feels like i have my arm in an ant bed. Nothing seems to help, I get so frustrated that I literally want to cut my arm off. I take benedryl and it only works when I take enough to knock me out. It seems to happen mostly when I am stressed out. I really wish I could get some relief from this.
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    • October 9, 2010
    • 03:10 AM
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