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Itchy Skin

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 8, 2006
  • 02:36 AM

Hi everyone. My skin gets quite itchy every day and progressively more itchy until I fall asleep. Immediately after I scratch the skin, it gets red and starts to puff up in the patterns I scratch it in, or in the shape of dots. Scratching with my fingernails only makes it worse. Literally I could scratch forever, which was driving me crazy. I started using a steak knife to scratch myself now, which works awesome actually. The itching stops immediately and I get relief, and then the bumps lower untill they are no longer visible and the redness goes away. The itching is mostly located on my shoulders, back, feet and hands, however I said mostly because its actually everywhere, just less often than the other places. I would really like to figure out what it is because its getting cumbersome and weird to have to keep a steak knife in every room of my house so I can scratch myself. Its not really something I want to be doing in front of my folks or my friends obviously. Yesterday while I was at work it was pretty bad on my back which sucked, because I didnt have anything besides my fingers to scratch, so I suffered for quite a while. Its now a routine to scratch 80% of my body with a knife while Im laying in bed, which makes my gf mad cause Im makin all the noise, and it sucks for me cause I just want to fall asleep. If anyone has any help that would be awesome. I also have a pile of pictures I can send of my shoulders and back after they are scratched, so let me know if those could be useful. My email is hondadustin@hotmail.com let me know if you want to see pictures.

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  • Nobody has any answers or recommendations?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
    • 02:21 AM
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  • I wish I could help. Itchy skin is what made me find this forum. I do understand how you are feeling. Rash? Does the itching wake you from your sleep? Do your hands and feet itch, head, inside mouth, throat?I have been experiencing this for over 2 wks now, and am beside myself to make it stop. Atarax decreases the intensity of the itch, but knocks me out. I am a nurse and need to go out to see patients. I'm still seeking solution. So I'll keep you posted if I find one.:cool:
    dleern 1 Replies
    • December 15, 2006
    • 09:47 PM
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  • I've been getting progressively itchier. I've always had an itchy scalp. I've had bouts of eczema, but lately my skin is so uncomfortable and I have red patches on my face, wrists and fingers. My lips are have red patches around them and itch excessively while at the same time burning. I'm extremely uncomfortable and I don't look very pretty these days either. I've been to dermatologists who have prescribed ointment after ointment and nothing they have prescribed has helped. I been to allergists and they also prescribe topical ointments along with 2x/day dosage of Simprex for allergies he also suggested I see an internist. Which I have and she discovered a B-12 dificiency for which I now recieve weekly shots, but it's not helping the itching and redness. I've tried removing foods from my diet, but I don't have any food allergies according to my tests, so I'm at a loss and miserable. Any suggestions out there.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 18, 2006
    • 01:10 AM
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  • I wish I could help. Itchy skin is what made me find this forum. I do understand how you are feeling. Rash? Does the itching wake you from your sleep? Do your hands and feet itch, head, inside mouth, throat?I have been experiencing this for over 2 wks now, and am beside myself to make it stop. Atarax decreases the intensity of the itch, but knocks me out. I am a nurse and need to go out to see patients. I'm still seeking solution. So I'll keep you posted if I find one.:cool:I dont have any rash and the itching doesnt wake me from my sleep. In fact once im asleep im not usually bothered untill the middle or late part of the next day. My hands, feet and head itch but not the inside of my mouth or throat. Its kinda funny when I scratch my forehead actually, cause then it starts to get red and mildly lumpy...which feels pretty gross when I touch it and realize my scratching made it that way....this is pretty weird I must say. Hopefully I find the answer soon.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 21, 2006
    • 00:56 AM
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  • Try using an antihistamine to stop the itching. Benadryl may work but it makes most people drowsy. Good to take at bedtime. You may need a non-drowsy type like Allegra or Claritin. In any case, you must stop scatching because it can lead to a permanent darkening of the skin. It happened to me on my back. I had unexplained itching on my upper back for a couple of years. It went away on its own. I suspect it had something to do with the Minocycline I was taking for my acne...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 23, 2006
    • 01:59 PM
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  • I am having the same issues with the itchy skin. My back is covered in red spots and now this weekend they are all over my neck. My head itches so bad as well. Going to the doctor for the 3rd time this afternoon. The doctor has given me creams and antihisitimes and steriods. Nothing helps...... Anyone else still having these issues, if so what does your doctor say.thanks for your input.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 08:38 PM
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  • fish oil is the best medicine for itchy skin..
    robbin 1 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 05:11 AM
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  • If your skin is itchy with no visible rash, please ask your doctor to check your liver. My husband had itchy skin that drove him mad. No amount of scratching would help. He thought it was due to one of the medicines he takes for pain (Crohn's Disease and back pain), but it turned out to be a problem with his liver not functioning correct and bile salts building up in his blood. It's well worth checking out and could save you problems in the long run.
    bugdog 14 Replies
    • January 27, 2007
    • 01:10 PM
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  • You don't when this started. I would start with the simplest answer...I had the same symptoms years ago and went to 3 dermatologists who said blahblahblah, then when I was reduced to scratching my body with a hairbrush, my girlfriend tookme to her doc who looked at me for 2 minutes and told me I had SCABIES. A quick dose of medication and wash all your clothes and it's over. I'm not saying this is it, but a place to start. I had it for about 3 months before he helped me.:)
    kathat0 1 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 06:39 PM
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  • Well well well...I recieved an email from someone a couple weeks ago and based on the research I did into the possible condition, it looks quite certain thats what I have. Its called Dermatographism. Basically its friction against my skin that causes it to get red, swell, and get very very itchy all exactly where the friction was, and even in the exact pattern its applied in. I can write my name on my skin with my fingernail and the letters I wrote will slowly get red, puff up so I can feel the letters, get super itchy and get really warm. If I dont scratch it, which is very difficult to resist, it goes away in 5-10 minutes. The treatment that works the best for me now actually is applying anything cold to the itchy area. It takes the heat out of the skin and also removes the itching sensation. Unfortunately the crappy part about Dermatographism is that there is no cure, I just have to deal with it, which it seems like I have a pretty good handle on anyways. I have an appointment with a dermatologist in the middle of April so I'll probably have more info from that. Till then, I thank everybody for their input and I hope someone else can gain something positive from this.
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  • I was diagnosed with Dermatographism and have been taking hydroxyzine for over a year now. It does help but I am totally dependent on it and I cannot go without it. Sometimes my symptoms disappear for a while and I think maybe there's a chance it's gone because the doctor told me sometimes it goes as quickly as it came. However, that never happens! I try weaning off the med. and it returns with a vengance! I was told it is overactive hystamines. Was tested for many different allergens on my back (the scratch test) and reacted very little to any of them but I reacted to the saline which means it's just in my skin. Very frustrating. :confused: I am convinced there is an underlying allergy but just cannot figure it out. At one point I thought it had to do with artificial sweeteners because I read of people who react the same way from them. There are artificial sweeteners hidden in MANY foods. Sometimes they are listed by name and sometimes only lumped in with other "artificial flavors". I'm still considering it is that because I stayed away from them for a while and then started chewing gum again and it came back. Even the gums (and other such products) not designated as sugar free have artificial sweeteners! If anyone can add any insight into this subject I'd love to hear it!!! Well well well...I recieved an email from someone a couple weeks ago and based on the research I did into the possible condition, it looks quite certain thats what I have. Its called Dermatographism. Basically its friction against my skin that causes it to get red, swell, and get very very itchy all exactly where the friction was, and even in the exact pattern its applied in. I can write my name on my skin with my fingernail and the letters I wrote will slowly get red, puff up so I can feel the letters, get super itchy and get really warm. If I dont scratch it, which is very difficult to resist, it goes away in 5-10 minutes. The treatment that works the best for me now actually is applying anything cold to the itchy area. It takes the heat out of the skin and also removes the itching sensation. Unfortunately the crappy part about Dermatographism is that there is no cure, I just have to deal with it, which it seems like I have a pretty good handle on anyways. I have an appointment with a dermatologist in the middle of April so I'll probably have more info from that. Till then, I thank everybody for their input and I hope someone else can gain something positive from this.
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  • The best treatment for this - whether the rash is due to a virus, or chemical/food/environmental sensitivities or allergies is the following: NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique) It is the ONLY treatment that I am aware of that can pinpoint exactly what you are showing an allergic reaction to (often it is a combination of things) and thru a noninvasive acupressure technique, clears the allergen from you system. It works fantastically for all kinds of rashes and chronic skin problems! Please look into this www.naet.com to find a certified practitioner near you. NAET has changed my life - please consider this. Best wishesDOM
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  • yea i have that same problem i went to a doctor and they said they dont know what causes it yet and they told me around 3 percent of the population in us has it but its nothing bad. I know how it feels when you get scratched it becomes all lumpy but goes away after like 10 mins haha but yea i would like to know more about it but at this point i wouldnt know where to go and if anyone knows anything can you please email me at Poboyz13@gmail.com thanx.....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 2, 2007
    • 10:39 PM
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  • I vote for scabies.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • November 12, 2007
    • 08:43 AM
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  • Sounds alot like (Physical) urticaria Urticariacan be set off by physical factors. Most cases of urticaria are made worse by warmth, but in some people particular forms of physical stress to the skin can induce it. These are scratching, cold, pressure, sunshine or water. The last two of these are rare causes of urticaria.There is a tendency to dismiss these cases of physical ucartia and conclude that allergy is not the cause. However, cases have been described where the identification and avoidance of an allergen has cured the problem - the physical stimulus then no longer triggers the symptoms. You can read more and see pictures of it here: www.allergyclinic.co.uk/urticaria.htm Hope this helps Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2007
    • 11:08 AM
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  • Sounds alot like (Physical) urticariaUrticariacan be set off by physical factors. Most cases of urticaria are made worse by warmth, but in some people particular forms of physical stress to the skin can induce it. These are scratching, cold, pressure, sunshine or water. The last two of these are rare causes of urticaria.There is a tendency to dismiss these cases of physical ucartia and conclude that allergy is not the cause. However, cases have been described where the identification and avoidance of an allergen has cured the problem - the physical stimulus then no longer triggers the symptoms. You can read more and see pictures of it here: www.allergyclinic.co.uk/urticaria.htm Hope this helps Kiera NAET helps to reprogram the brain so it no longer triggers a hyperimmune response to an allergen. NAET can work and there is no lifelong avoidance required. Once you have cleared an allergen, you are then able to come in contact with it (whether food, environmental, material). Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • November 12, 2007
    • 07:37 PM
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  • Itchy skin is normally a condition of psoriasis, and the features you have mentioned is excatly of psoriasis and about 3 to 4 %of wrold people suffer from psoriasis.It's supposed to be a disease caused by the body's own immune system, and is not considered remedial. Since there is no recognized cure for psoriasis, remedies revolves around minimizing or reducing the symptoms of this skin state. There are topical creams, ointments and salves which can be directly rubbed on to the psoriasis plaques which can help them remain softer and thinner for instance. There are also some which can cure the itching and redness of psoriasis as well.
    beatyneils 3 Replies
    • November 29, 2007
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  • I have had renal failure since June 29th of last year and I am on peritoneal Dialisys. It has been about 6 months and I have developed a real bad itching problem. It is bad. The doctors say it is caused by high Phosphorous levels. They put me on binders but the binders don't work well and I may have developed a bad reaction to them, because I itch worse while taking them. I can almost feel it coming on when I take them. Anyone one have any ideas or experienced this condition. The doctors took me off the Phoso and the Fosrenol. Then my Phosphorous got even higher. I am at my witts end. Help.
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  • Oh my gosh!! i have the same problem and I am going mad! have you found anything out about this? I am tired of taking benedryl and puting on lotion after lotion, hydrocortisone creams etc. I am going to have my liver checked b/c that actually makes sense to me. any other advice would be appreciatd. Oh, BTW I actually had my doctor tell me it was nerves and in my head...lovely
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  • I wish I could help. Itchy skin is what made me find this forum. I do understand how you are feeling. Rash? Does the itching wake you from your sleep? Do your hands and feet itch, head, inside mouth, throat?I have been experiencing this for over 2 wks now, and am beside myself to make it stop. Atarax decreases the intensity of the itch, but knocks me out. I am a nurse and need to go out to see patients. I'm still seeking solution. So I'll keep you posted if I find one.:cool:At three day intervals (especially at nite ) itching of the soles of the feet,sometimes hands,groin area,bums,wake me up,i take a allrgy tablet similar to Zyrtec and it goes away to return three days later,.........i want to stop taking the medication and find cause........can anyone help.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 11, 2008
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