For over a year now, I've been having 'episodes', if you can call it that, where I'm overtaken by painful skin irritation. At first, it was just annoying, but as time went by, it became more and more painful... which is why I'd rather find a treatment for this than wait and see what happens.
It happens for very short periods of time, at least once a day. My entire body -- feet, legs, abdomen, hands, face, scalp, etc -- is affected by this (though more so in the upper regions). Whether or not I scratch, I start to develop small bumps everywhere, and redness in random patches that eventually just blend together. When it's over, the bumps and red color slowly fade, and I feel fatigued.
I'm not exactly sure what causes it, though I've had some ideas... Heat, stress, or anxiety. The strange part is, I can almost make it happen, if I think about it long enough...
It mostly happens when it's hot, or when my heartbeat accelerates. I have tried a few topical skin medications -- including moisturizers and one used for treatment of psoriasis; none have had any noticeable affect, even in the long term. I've also taken benadryl, in case it was some kind of allergy; it did nothing to prevent or calm it. Whenever it happens, I try to go outside during the cold, which seems to shorten the duration. Right now, that's the only thing that really works for me.
Still, it's been causing me to lose sleep, keeping me up all night and into the morning sometimes.
Most of the time it feels like my body temperature spikes, leading into sporadic, needle-like, painful itching. I have a fairly high threshold for pain... but this is overwhelming sometimes, which definitely scares me.
(I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but, I don't sweat anymore. I used to before all this started. But since then, I haven't, no matter how hot it gets.)
If you have any suggestions... or if there's anyone else who has experienced this, I would appreciate your input. Thanks.
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