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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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  • Hey guys, ive been having the same problem: its usually when im retiring for the night. im 21. i had my gallbladder out when i was 12 have IBS and chronic Insomnia for the last few years(not sure to what; fairly sure it has nothing to do with this).My symptoms: skin all over starts to feel warm and then i get itchy, it slowly gets worse through the night. Its started even when i wasn't in bed, so im pretty sure its not bed bugs. I dont really think its to do with pets, they've all been checked out and are clear or mites or fleas.However, I feel the most sensible explanation and perhaps the simplest (agreeing with the 60 year old man)is showering. I have been showering daily with soap all my life practically, and on occassion ive had noticeably dry skin, but sensitive nevertheless. Only last week did I find out that, as stupid as it sounds, that u only need to use soap all over after sweating excessively, or after a few days/when needed. But till then, just warm rinses (ON WARM; which isnt the best but its not cold) and soap on the private parts and face and feet.Either way, it was better since i used less soap, today i used soap and now im irritated. I know its what people keep hearing and doesnt seem to work, but really look into it. I'm going to the dr tmrw to let them know my insomnia isnt cured and about this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 31, 2007
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  • Also, in addition my post above, check to see if ur house/room is to humid or not moist enough. its hard to get ur house a good moisture level with unstable weather all the time.A lack of moisture or to much, can cause these symptoms that we have. Im trying that out as well now, its day 1! lolBut try stuff out for a bit either way, at the moment, there is not going to be a diagnosis because there could be so many things that cause it.I think with our anxiety levels so high because of it, we all subconciously want it to be something so we wont let ourselves even remotely accept any simple and basic lifestyle changes.take care all!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 31, 2007
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  • IN ADDITION TO MY OTHER TWO, I BELIEVE I HAVE THE FOUND THE MOST REASONABLE AND POSSIBLY THE MOST COMMON CULPRIT AND REASON FOR THIS AND MANY OTHER ISSUES AT LEAST ON MY END. HOWEVER, I AS WELL AS YOU ALL SHOULD HAVE A SERIES OF BLOOD TESTS FOR UR LIVER. I READ ABOUT THIS LAST NIGHT, AND IT CAN BECOME VERY SERIOUS OVERTIME, ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT IT. A Liver Cleanse or detox seems to help flush out the toxins and allows ur liver to function properly again. read this article below on itching.http://www.ctds.info/itching.htmlalso search google for "liver detox" " liver cleanse"..
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 1, 2007
    • 02:03 AM
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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?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 4, 2007
    • 11:09 AM
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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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  • 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...Has anyone thought of a mild case of shingles? I had a bad case of shingles and sometimes it felt like the burning. Claims say that you can get it over and over. Just a thought. It is scarey though.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 00:17 AM
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  • use antidundruf shampoo all over the body. Leave it for about 5 min. on the skin, wash out.after 3 days repeat with same antidundruf shampoo.do not drink anything with aspartame (sweetner).Change pillows and pillow's cases. Use cotton pilow cases.lower the temperature in your room, too.Rene
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 06:23 AM
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  • For everyone who may be experiencing these symptoms. You might want to have your liver function tested and perhaps a scan or even a needle biopsy performed. If you have Fatty Liver, you could experience skin issues such as those described here. If the bile ducts in your liver are blocked, bile salts can remain in the liver too long and perhaps even leach into your blood stream. This can lead to an intense hive-like itching especially at night because your body does many gastro-intestinal/processing functions while you're sleeping. Your liver is very involved in these processes as is the pancreas, the intestines, the kidneys... heck, pretty everything in your gut! Make sense? You might also try not eating or drinking anything, not even water, at least three hours before going to bed.I had these very same symptoms and still have some but nowhere near as bad as before. I also went to an allergist and took allergy shots every week for about 18 months. I took Zyrtec every night and Ursodiol (liver meds). I no longer take the shots or the Zyrtec but am still taking the Ursodiol.I hope this prompts you all to consider asking your doctors about the possibility of liver problems. BTW, most people that have fatty liver don't even know it. It's not life threatening by itself but can lead to, if left untreated, to cirrhosis and even cancer.Take care!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 01:08 PM
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  • I have been dealing with itching also. Only on arms and neck. Comes and goes. Worse at night. Ice only relief. Have tried dermatologist, allergy doc and regular doc. Every over the counter cream,Zyrtec, Benadryl, nothing works. I am now seeing a doctor who told me the Liver needed detox. I did my first coffee enema last night and am hoping detoxing is going to help. I don't know. Anyone who deals with this gets pretty desperate after so long. I don't know what else to try so hope this will be the answer. Sick of Itching!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
    • 00:23 PM
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  • It's 1:30 AM and I'm up because of the itching and burning. Shingles is a good thought although no breakouts during or after the episodes. Mine is in the shoulder/front armpit area and both sides of the neck each time it happens (daily now). Runs for over 30 - 45 minutes then subsides but I can still feel the undertones of the burn for another hour. Dr. hasn't helped me either. Thanks also for the liver detox suggestion - that's a next step for me. I'll keep watching this thread for updates!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 20, 2007
    • 08:33 AM
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  • I am just amazed at how many people out there have the same symptoms as me. I was thinking that I might be going crazy - itchy fingers and toes at night time; it doesn't happen every nigth, but often enough. First, I thought it might be MSG, since I dine out all the time, but I don't think that is the case anymore.For me there's no visible sign - no bumps or rash, just itchy and my skin gets red from my itching it. I do find running my hands and feet in cold water helps and sometimes I take allergy medication (Claritin) helps too.Although, I do take long hot showers, so I think I might try to take shorter and cooler showers and see how it goes. I just don't want to have to take allergy medication everyday for the rest of my life.
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    • September 29, 2007
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  • I have suffered with burning, itching skin, mostly my arms and scalp but also my face, trunk and feet on occasion. This has been going on since 1991 and getting worse every year. After seeing every doctor I could in 3 states I had given up. I put myself on a gluten free diet and started on a probiotic supplement. I had the first summer in years where I could go outside during the day and not want to rip my skin off. I was able to sleep all night without having to pack myself in ice bags. (Care should be taken with the "non toxic" ice bags - they can leak and burn your skin.) I thought perhaps I had finally 'grown out' of my problem but when I started cheating on the gluten free diet and also quit taking the probiotics I quickly went back to itching horribly. I contemplated some dark thoughts. Then remembered the probiotics. Got back on them and within 3 hours - YES, 3 HOURS!!! The itching was more controlable with ice packs and within a few weeks the itching has gotten to the point that I can ignor it and still sleep at night without the use of ice. If you haven't been able to find a doctor to help you I hope all of you folks with itching will try to honestly get off any and ALL GLUTEN and purchase a good probiotic. If you can find one that is microencapsulated that is even better. That way the probiotics can get through the acid in your stomach and into the small intenstine where they will do the most good. I still have not had any diagnosis for my disease but I have it controled enough to actually have a life without wanting to skin myself alive. I can sleep at night like a 'real person'. Not having to stay up till all hours trying to get so tired that I finally pass out after days of no sleep or only sleeping for 45 minutes or so at a time or waking up as soon as the ice packs are no longer cold. Good Luck to everyone!! You'll have to proactive in your care. The doctors told me that if I'd been eating something for the last 50 years and it didn't bother me then it probably didn't have anything to do with my diet. Well, my experiment has proven them wrong. You can develope an allergy and have no other syptoms then itching or burning skin. When I look back there were times that I had bloating or cramping but not on a daily basis. Try getting off different food groups and then slowly add them back in to see if there is a reaction. Ask your doctor for help with diet changes. You can always add stuff back into your diet. Good luck. Check with a doctor but don't give up!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 2, 2007
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  • i have some of the same symptoms you do.currently being treated for tn, now am thinking it is phn.going on 15 years now.i also have intense pain with mine, espescially around and including nose.good luck!tami
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 4, 2007
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  • i have some of the same symptoms you do.currently being treated for tn, now am thinking it is phn.going on 15 years now.i also have intense pain with mine, espescially around and including nose.good luck!tamiWhat is tn and phn
    alypaly 36 Replies
    • October 12, 2007
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  • hello guysi have had all these symptoms including the burning all over my body throughout the night, itching face etc etc for over 33 years and i must agree it is the most annoying thing ever.it really doesnt help atall when youve got really dry excema & this results in bleeding horrible flaky skin 24/7anyway i think someone mentioned a few posts back about GLUTEN - FREE diet well i believe this is linked to a disease called COALIAC disease and basically has all symptons that we experience.if you have a look here it explains allhttp://www.coeliac.co.uk/about_us/default.aspi regularly go to the pub or a club & love to drink beer, well this is the worst thing EVER for your skin as it is made from wheat/gluten, also we all eat cereal in the morning so its very unlikely that you do not have gluten in our diet!!i have been to many doctors, alternative medicine, chinese herbalist, accupuncture, reflexologist & they all say they can cure you but none really do so DO NOT waste yr time & money!!! my feeling is that it could be the gluten-free diet which is messing up yr liver thus making us itch like mad???give it a go it could be our saviour.thanks
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
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  • Since my last post i have found some more valuable information.there is a condition called dermititus herptitiformis, & the symptons are very similar to that experienced by a lot of us.here is a very useful link. http://www.coeliac.co.uk/coeliac_disease/67.aspbear in mind that there are many ways to temporarily stop the itching burning sensation but unless we get to the root of the problem it will NEVER go away.this could be the answergood luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 17, 2007
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  • This seems to go along with the 'itching upper arms' syndrone that I and a lot of people have had. It comes in the moth of October and stays to around March. I have learned to take Omega 3-6-9. I also had thyroid surgery and I think the added synthroid helps. I use a terrible lot of lotions. It seems to help. I was able 'by the grace of the good Lord' to escape it last year. I just had the thyroid surgery this year for a tumor; however, my blood levels never showed any problem; but the Lord has answered some prayers. This year so far, I have experienced the burning skin; especially near an artificial ankel. Maybe the more tender areas may have something to do with it. Just for comparison, I am a 62 yr old female in a country setting. God is Good!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 23, 2007
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  • I have chronic itchiness as well that just doesn't let up even with taking more than I should of benedryl (how much is too much??)!! I am ready to go insane! I think I might be allergic to the meds I am on (yet I didn't get this reaction til after a blood transfusion - 2 bags of blood last Thursday) or else the meds are effecting my liver causing me to be jaundice?? Hard to tell since I am always pale from low hemoglobin. I just had a kidney transplant so the meds I am on the doc won't change. The kidney is not quite working (sleepy kidney) so I think that is why the doc doesn't want to start messing with my meds now. So in the meantime I have to suffer through this and I get no relief no matter WHAT I do! I read through most of the posts in this thread and it looks like some people might have different causes than others. But still I get the exact same symptoms! Feels like I am being poked in a million places by a million very hot *****s / tiny needles and I get no relief even when I take benedryl! I get this itchiness (no rash at all and if the docs don't see a rash they think I am just overreacting) on the top of my head, on my back, on my stomach and sides, and on my legs. I am not diabetic but noticed my sugars have gone up a little after the transplant. I am on meds like Cellcept and mmf/fk. Very strong immunosuppressants. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! - Angie
    angieskidney 9 Replies
    • October 25, 2007
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  • I was going to say shingles, too, and I think a lot of the others may have it or another brand of the herpes virus, 1-6--hard to say, but I know it can cause an awful lot of burning pain. I think it can be like a volcano under the surface, just ready to erupt and boiling under the surface...but, you said both sides of the neck...shingles is one sided. so.. maybe one side is shingles and the other side is dust mites??.....medicine reaction, dust mites or other allergy. Could it be your detergent for sheets? Soap? Dental sensitivity, like mercury fillings? It's taking me years to try to get the mercury out of my mouth and still have a little. You forget that there is a poison in there....
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 28, 2007
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  • I have suffered with this for over 23 years and the only relief I get is when my doc prescribes steriods. Prendisolone take nfor about 2 weeks seems to sort if for a several months. But then I usually only suffer from Late summer until early Jan Feb. I completely sympathise with you it drives me mad!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 1, 2007
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