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Real nasty itch

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  • Posted By: wolf30
  • June 7, 2009
  • 05:21 AM

Hello


I think this started to happen right about the time I quit my job because it was so ***n stressful. I even switched fieilds cause I hated it and the stress it brought to my life. I am currently in college.
For the past 6 mths I have been having a chronic real nasty itch all over my body every day. It tends to happen mostly during the night when I go to bed, or when I am still sleeping in my bed in the morning. Sometimes it also happens in the evenings. I would say about 65% of the time when sleeping, and 35% during the evenings. My whole body itches which can be anywhere from my face, eyelids, ears, arms, legs, etc, but I tend to find it itches a lot more at my legs, soles of my feet, feet, groin area, and anus. I cannot sleep at night because the itch is so intense. I would go to bed around 10-11pm and still be awake at 3-4am.

I thought it might have been bedbugs or mites or something so I tried washing all my sheets, blankets, pillows. That didn't work so next I switched all the sheets, blankets, pillows, etc. Still was happening, so i switched mattresses with my father and its still itchy. He doesn't seem to have any problems with my old mattress and blankets, and sheets. I also don't really see any rashes on my body. I went to my family doctor and he prescribed antihistamine and hydroxyzine, and reactine. None of that stiff worked. I also switched from soap to body wash thinking it could have dry skin and also tried to put lotion all over my body right before I went to bed or after showing but that didn't solve the itch.

My family doctor sent me to an allergerist and she did a allergy test on my skin where she pricked it with a needle or something then put drops of chemicals on my skin. The results well negative except one thing, I forgot what it was but she suggested that it may have been positive due to me taking those medication the night before seeing her. She told me to take a blood test which I did and she said she would call if anything was wrong with my test results and also if I want to go see her again in 2mths time, that was back in february, I have an appointment with her again this august.

After going to the allergist my family doctor referred me to a dermatologist. After telling him what was happening, he quickly gave me a prescription and sent me on my way. This was like no more then 5min. It didn't seem like he really cared to dianigose my problem and was telling me it was a common problem for asian ppl. As it turns out, he gave me the exact medication with an addition of some cream (I forgot the name but it has menthyol in it) as my family doctor which was of no help. He told me to come back in 2 weeks to see his associate, which I did. She was puzzled at my itch and also disagreed with the previous dermatologist. All she suggested was I try to moisturize myself which I was already doing and to try light therapy 3x a week and get a blood test. It seemed she was just guessing and had no clue what was wrong with me. I tried the light therapy for a week or two and saw no results. I also cannot realistically come to her clinic 3x a week since its far from my house. I came back to see her a mth later. This time I had developed a rash or something on the side of my armpit and also on one side of my hips. She said the rash on my armpit was from dry skin and the ones on my hips is from scratching. She said my blood test was fine and to just continue the light theraphy. I workout on a regular basis and I think my diet is alrite. I think I am physically in pretty good shape.

At this point I am really lost at what is causing this. It is really affecting my life now. I am always fatigued or wake up really late because I never get enough sleep. Can someone plz help?

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  • I'm sorry to hear of your itching ... and your lack of sleep. A couple things come to mind, I'm sorry I can't be more helpful. In my case, I have a disorder called Dermagraphism (commonly referred to as "Write On Disease"). It itches all over as you describe. Take a pen or something sharp, but dull, such as an ink pen that is closed and lightly touch it across your skin ... "pretend-write" your name or something. If it clearly shows up, a word, clearly written ... (hence, the name, "Write On Disease") ... that could be the culprit. It is typically caused by stress ... emotional usually, sometimes physical. (Took forever for me to find out why I was itching ... claw marks everywhere ... in appearance, but actually a form of hives.) LIGHTLY (just as you would write pen to paper, same pressure) write your name on your arm or leg and see what happens; if it shows up very clearly ... I'd let the doc know. I take Clarinex for mine. Another thing, dust. I once knew a lady I worked with that was allergic to dust; we had to keep the office dust-free or she would itch like crazy. So if there is dust a bit about, try dusting and see if that helps. Could be dust particles sticking to your skin ... or perhaps something else airborne ... pollens in the air or similar. One more thing ... a lot of people have problems with laundry detergents and/or fabric softeners; if you've changed those recently, or do regularly ... you may want to go with something milder. "Snuggle" brand is a bad one. I wish I could be of more help. Good luck to you.
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hey I am no expert, but I tend to get the same symptoms when I change soaps as well. And it is due to all kinds of soaps but if I do I just make sure that I rinse everything more than once after using a soap. Skin and sheets. Then for sleep, it maybe because of the energy you used up at your last job isnt as extreme as you are doing now. I suffer from bouts of insomina due to those reasons. I worked up to 16 hours a day down to eight and having an excess of amount of energy that I would be able to stay even up for days. Try more excessive work out early in the morning and using a herbal tea at night to relax you and it should help out. Exercising in the morning creates more energy for you during the day and helps you stay awake as well. Mentally it is a great boost for you as well. Eat three meals a day and healthy snacks inbetween to keep your energy up and eat more proteins and fiber. These types of food wont let you feel bogged down after 30 mins. Try not to take naps during the day. If you feel a little sleepy get some crackers and meat and cheese and go for a brisk walk. It will help you metabolize the energy you are consuming and put it to good use. Also I would get checked for any sort of Diabetes because itching tiredness and wierd sleeping patterns or sleeping to much are signs that you may be on the way of having it or have it. I hope this helps.
    slsbtas 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • Oh and I forgot that stress on your body could be caused by the sudden change in your daily routine. Try to keep a steady routine and not let yourself slip into something unhealthy. I reread you report and this has started when you first left your job, try going back to that same routine that you were in, if you are having a hard time creating a new one. The human body is diffently weird and takes to different reactions when you suddenly change even the smallest thing. Take for example traveling just accross the nation. Number of symptoms can occur from just moving different time zones. Remember I am not an expert just throwing around ideas
    slsbtas 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm sorry to hear of your itching ... and your lack of sleep. A couple things come to mind, I'm sorry I can't be more helpful. In my case, I have a disorder called Dermagraphism (commonly referred to as "Write On Disease"). It itches all over as you describe. Take a pen or something sharp, but dull, such as an ink pen that is closed and lightly touch it across your skin ... "pretend-write" your name or something. If it clearly shows up, a word, clearly written ... (hence, the name, "Write On Disease") ... that could be the culprit. It is typically caused by stress ... emotional usually, sometimes physical. (Took forever for me to find out why I was itching ... claw marks everywhere ... in appearance, but actually a form of hives.) LIGHTLY (just as you would write pen to paper, same pressure) write your name on your arm or leg and see what happens; if it shows up very clearly ... I'd let the doc know. I take Clarinex for mine. Another thing, dust. I once knew a lady I worked with that was allergic to dust; we had to keep the office dust-free or she would itch like crazy. So if there is dust a bit about, try dusting and see if that helps. Could be dust particles sticking to your skin ... or perhaps something else airborne ... pollens in the air or similar. One more thing ... a lot of people have problems with laundry detergents and/or fabric softeners; if you've changed those recently, or do regularly ... you may want to go with something milder. "Snuggle" brand is a bad one. I wish I could be of more help. Good luck to you.I tried the writing test on my arm, unfortunately my name did not become raised on my skin, I guess that scratches that off. As for the dust, we sweep and mop our house ever week. Sometimes we sweep on a daily basis. Also I have tried to vacuum my bed and we don't have carpet flooring in my house. Its all hard wood flooring. I was thinking it might have been my laundry detergent but if that was the case, shouldn't it always be itching regardless or the time of day since the detergent would be on my cloths?
    wolf30 22 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hey I am no expert, but I tend to get the same symptoms when I change soaps as well. And it is due to all kinds of soaps but if I do I just make sure that I rinse everything more than once after using a soap. Skin and sheets. Then for sleep, it maybe because of the energy you used up at your last job isnt as extreme as you are doing now. I suffer from bouts of insomina due to those reasons. I worked up to 16 hours a day down to eight and having an excess of amount of energy that I would be able to stay even up for days. Try more excessive work out early in the morning and using a herbal tea at night to relax you and it should help out. Exercising in the morning creates more energy for you during the day and helps you stay awake as well. Mentally it is a great boost for you as well. Eat three meals a day and healthy snacks inbetween to keep your energy up and eat more proteins and fiber. These types of food wont let you feel bogged down after 30 mins. Try not to take naps during the day. If you feel a little sleepy get some crackers and meat and cheese and go for a brisk walk. It will help you metabolize the energy you are consuming and put it to good use. Also I would get checked for any sort of Diabetes because itching tiredness and wierd sleeping patterns or sleeping to much are signs that you may be on the way of having it or have it. I hope this helps.I have tried all sorts of different bodywashes including aveeno oatmeal anti-itch bodywash but none seem to do the trick. I don't think it has to do with my energy levels either, since I am quite active most of the time. I do exercise on a regular basis, 3x a week in the gym plus 1-2 days outside and I try to eat healthy which includes 5-6 meals a day. In fact I am on my way to becoming a personal trainder once i get certified this winter. I am not overweight and are ine process of trying to obtain a six-pack, so I doubt I have diabetes. Plus I have had like 3 blood tests done over the last 6 mths and all the doctors said everything looks fine.
    wolf30 22 Replies Flag this Response
  • Oh and I forgot that stress on your body could be caused by the sudden change in your daily routine. Try to keep a steady routine and not let yourself slip into something unhealthy. I reread you report and this has started when you first left your job, try going back to that same routine that you were in, if you are having a hard time creating a new one. The human body is diffently weird and takes to different reactions when you suddenly change even the smallest thing. Take for example traveling just accross the nation. Number of symptoms can occur from just moving different time zones. Remember I am not an expert just throwing around ideasI don't think stress is too much of an issue anymore. At my last job stress was at an all-time high and now that I have switched fields into the health and fitness field, stress should be very low. I know stress may trigger itching however, since my stress levels are now very low, I don't think that should be the case anymore, but I don't know. Perhaps it still can. I also suggested this to the dermatologist and she said it shouldn't anymore.
    wolf30 22 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yeah it kinda works out like that, no matter what soap you use it seems to be there. Try extra extra rinsing. after you wash your sheets throw them back in and just use water, and stand in the shower and extra 10 mins with a loufa spunge, remember soap leaves a residue. Plus you may want to find out what type of minerals are in your water supply. Here in Nevada we have high levels of arsenic and it creates severe dry skin. Research if they changed anything in the water it may even be the chlorine. And what I was saying about the stress on the body. Even slight changes you do to your own routine can create bad sleeping habits, depression, to weight loss, weight gain, and the list goes on. Just depends on what your body wants to do on dealing with the change. Just like a woman after giving birth it could take weeks to recover from the change to even years. Also the stress that you dealt with at your last job required you to have a lot of energy. Stress really takes a lot out of a person more than most people understand. You exerted tons of energy dealing with those situations and now that energy has no where to go and you deal with lack of sleep. This is just a little explantion of what I was talking about I should have been more indepth before sorry.
    slsbtas 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • Do you ever get small crusty bumps or small fluid-filled bubbles on the skin of your hands/fingers, wrists, or genitals?
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  • Do you ever get small crusty bumps or small fluid-filled bubbles on the skin of your hands/fingers, wrists, or genitals?I do not believe so. I had a rash or something under my armpits about a mth or so and it was real itchy but then like 2 weeks later it disappeared and has not resurfaced. I also noticed recently I have a few red spots on my bed, it looks kind of like a pimple, I'm thinking it may be a sweat rash since I have been working out a lot lately at the gym and not being able to shower immediately until I get home. Can you show me a picture of this small crusty bumps?
    wolf30 22 Replies Flag this Response
  • Guys/Gals any ideas why this seems to happen most often during the evenings or when lying in my bed?
    wolf30 22 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hey I found something I hope it helps. Itchy Skin - Sensitive Skin and Poor Liver Function "The one common link in many of the conditions that cause itching is that a significant number all seem to relate to functions of the liver. In fact, prolonged itching of the skin is a major sign of liver disease." http://www.ctds.info/itching.html
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  • My problem is exactly like what this person is experiencing http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080728025104AAkCBOP
    wolf30 22 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hey I found something I hope it helps. Itchy Skin - Sensitive Skin and Poor Liver Function "The one common link in many of the conditions that cause itching is that a significant number all seem to relate to functions of the liver. In fact, prolonged itching of the skin is a major sign of liver disease." http://www.ctds.info/itching.htmlWell I don't drink or smoke, I don't know if that would be the case, however at this point without a clue on whats causing this anything is possible.
    wolf30 22 Replies Flag this Response
  • I tried the writing test on my arm, unfortunately my name did not become raised on my skin, I guess that scratches that off. As for the dust, we sweep and mop our house ever week. Sometimes we sweep on a daily basis. Also I have tried to vacuum my bed and we don't have carpet flooring in my house. Its all hard wood flooring. I was thinking it might have been my laundry detergent but if that was the case, shouldn't it always be itching regardless or the time of day since the detergent would be on my cloths? Hello wolf30, Please accept my apology for not posting my reply sooner; myself ... I have been busy with my medical procedures/tests/undertakings as well, not affording me much time to give the boards the desired articulation I wish to expend. In answer to your question about the detergents and such, I do agree; seems you would be itching all the time and I see that the problems are extreme in the PM. Since this post (yours, above) ... I also see that you have been supplied a host of great feedback from the caring posters here. I'm very happy to see that you are making some headway ... and appearing to me that your situation is getting close to resolution. Congrats! And the posters, bless their hearts! I'm going to read up now, to most-present posts; if there's anything to add, I'll be happy to do so. I'm hoping to see that you have found the problem and are adequately treated now! That would be such a great finding, knowing it was achieved by these kind and thoughtful posters that took the time out of their own lives to help you overcome this! A testimony to message boards overall ... and to the fact that there are many good people in our world! :)
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • My problem is exactly like what this person is experiencing http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080728025104AAkCBOP Hi again, wolf 30 ... Perhaps print the information from this link above that you found and take it to your doctor. Further, explain that you have already taken the steps necessary in case this could be the issue (along with all these other possibilities and potentials that are posted) ... and have not found relief, being this (in the article) is obviously not the culprit. Still in all ... it sounds as though you are close to finding the answer; I would be very surprised if your doctor cannot look up all the possibilities based on these details and still find him/herself(ves) unable to give you a dx and a treatment plan.
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi again, wolf 30 ... Perhaps print the information from this link above that you found and take it to your doctor. Further, explain that you have already taken the steps necessary in case this could be the issue (along with all these other possibilities and potentials that are posted) ... and have not found relief, being this (in the article) is obviously not the culprit. Still in all ... it sounds as though you are close to finding the answer; I would be very surprised if your doctor cannot look up all the possibilities based on these details and still find him/herself(ves) unable to give you a dx and a treatment plan.I have been to my family doctor a just a few days ago, and explained to her. She still cannot figure out what is wrong. I also asked for a referral to a different dermatologist as the one I currently go to is too far and do not seem to care that much about there patients. She said she cannot do that even though I found one in my area, which is kind of bull. I also washed my sheets and beddings again except this time I just used detergent and didn't add the fabric softener/fragrance to it. I also vacuumed my bed once again and switched over to dove soap. I guess at this point I can safetly role out dry skin. I have a hunch it has to do with something in my house. I noticed that when I am outside it does not tend to itch that much, only when inside. Even when I am out late at night, my skin does not itch, which leads me to suspect its something inside my house but this is where I am stuck on. My diet hasn't really changed much in the last 6 mths so I don't think its the food.
    wolf30 22 Replies Flag this Response
  • I was thinking it might have been my laundry detergent but if that was the case, shouldn't it always be itching regardless or the time of day since the detergent would be on my cloths? I would think so, yes; that's how it was with me ... also with some of those "fancy-fragranced" laundry detergents; I just use Tide and similar ... nothing fancy on either count for me ... although I'm recalling the Snuggle fabric softener being my worst culprit. Perhaps sweating might aggravate the itch more, if it was your laundry detergent or fabric softener ... but I'm sure you do plenty enough of that during the daytime hours to test that theory. Another thought for a bit of "direction" comes to mind, since you still have no answer ... can't hurt! Take note of each and every place, area, and room where you are when it happens. At present, your bedroom seems worst. Look all over for anything and everything; spray air fresheners, plug-in air fresheners, scented candles, house plants ... etc. Also, you say "we" when you told me about your home ... having no carpet and only wood. If you share your bedroom, check out everything. If you share a bathroom, do the same ... clear it out and box it up temporarily out of the house, just for a couple days (basement or garage or something); typically, I think we all visit the bathroom just before retiring ... and brush those teefies and such? Lastly ... about your wood floors; I have them too. Only my bedrooms and office are carpeted. Is the hardwood all the same ... or are the types of wood variable in different areas? Hardwood flooring can cause problems if you have any allergies to those woods (me ... allergic to certain trees and woods here where I live; however, my hardwood flooring is top of the line and very sealed ... make sure yours is, a good strong thick finish in case the wood itself is a potential allergen ... the seal will stop the exposure; not to mention ... it looks nice and will really take care of the wood too). Also, how do you clean your wood floors ... products? There are a lot of "fancy and expensive" hardwood cleaners out on the market these days; ignore them, they're bogus and could be potential irritants. The best way to clean your hardwood flooring is with Murphy's Oil Soap, made especially to thoroughly clean & protect hardwood floors (and all wood furnishings for that matter, tables and all) ... and the *shine* is VERY elegant. And ... if you are anything like me, you may have an area rug or other types in various areas. And obviously, with wood floors, they should have the non-slip undersides so they don't slide around. If you have any rugs, lift those up and look at the undersides and what they are made of; some of the linings underneath disintigrate and get powdery or sandy stuff that comes loose, especially when they age or after several washings ... I'd look underneath those and remove any potential "culprits" for contact-itchiness or airborne itchies maybe ... and make sure your not allergic to the non-stick materials too; like some are allergic to medical adhesives, tapes, and such. May want to think about the materials used to stuff your mattress, boxspring, and pillows too. Down pillows are bad, and you're supposed to toss them and replace with new (I can't remember, but I think it's every year ... maybe two). And cheap pillows, with the itchy-rubbery-type foam stuffings ... check those out too, your comforter (if that's the case) and similar. Good luck, I'll watch this thread; if anything else comes to mind, I'll post. I'm so sorry you're STILL itching! :eek:
    neurotransmissing 145 Replies Flag this Response
  • I would think so, yes; that's how it was with me ... also with some of those "fancy-fragranced" laundry detergents; I just use Tide and similar ... nothing fancy on either count for me ... although I'm recalling the Snuggle fabric softener being my worst culprit. Perhaps sweating might aggravate the itch more, if it was your laundry detergent or fabric softener ... but I'm sure you do plenty enough of that during the daytime hours to test that theory. Another thought for a bit of "direction" comes to mind, since you still have no answer ... can't hurt! Take note of each and every place, area, and room where you are when it happens. At present, your bedroom seems worst. Look all over for anything and everything; spray air fresheners, plug-in air fresheners, scented candles, house plants ... etc. Also, you say "we" when you told me about your home ... having no carpet and only wood. If you share your bedroom, check out everything. If you share a bathroom, do the same ... clear it out and box it up temporarily out of the house, just for a couple days (basement or garage or something); typically, I think we all visit the bathroom just before retiring ... and brush those teefies and such? Lastly ... about your wood floors; I have them too. Only my bedrooms and office are carpeted. Is the hardwood all the same ... or are the types of wood variable in different areas? Hardwood flooring can cause problems if you have any allergies to those woods (me ... allergic to certain trees and woods here where I live; however, my hardwood flooring is top of the line and very sealed ... make sure yours is, a good strong thick finish in case the wood itself is a potential allergen ... the seal will stop the exposure; not to mention ... it looks nice and will really take care of the wood too). Also, how do you clean your wood floors ... products? There are a lot of "fancy and expensive" hardwood cleaners out on the market these days; ignore them, they're bogus and could be potential irritants. The best way to clean your hardwood flooring is with Murphy's Oil Soap, made especially to thoroughly clean & protect hardwood floors (and all wood furnishings for that matter, tables and all) ... and the *shine* is VERY elegant. And ... if you are anything like me, you may have an area rug or other types in various areas. And obviously, with wood floors, they should have the non-slip undersides so they don't slide around. If you have any rugs, lift those up and look at the undersides and what they are made of; some of the linings underneath disintigrate and get powdery or sandy stuff that comes loose, especially when they age or after several washings ... I'd look underneath those and remove any potential "culprits" for contact-itchiness or airborne itchies maybe ... and make sure your not allergic to the non-stick materials too; like some are allergic to medical adhesives, tapes, and such. May want to think about the materials used to stuff your mattress, boxspring, and pillows too. Down pillows are bad, and you're supposed to toss them and replace with new (I can't remember, but I think it's every year ... maybe two). And cheap pillows, with the itchy-rubbery-type foam stuffings ... check those out too, your comforter (if that's the case) and similar. Good luck, I'll watch this thread; if anything else comes to mind, I'll post. I'm so sorry you're STILL itching! :eek:We don't have carpet on our hardwood floors. I don't think I'm allergic to the wood either since I've been living in my house for the past 5 yrs. I don't use anything fancy for cleaning the floors either. My father bought some cheap cleaning supplies from the dollar store. So far I only noticed itching when sitting at my computer desk in the evenings and when I'm in my bedroom especially when lying down and sleeping with the blankets.
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  • I just noticed today after having read someone's post that the hairs on my arms and quite possibly legs stick up in the evenings. I didn't even notice this until I stumbled upon that person's post. I might be paranoid or maybe getting closer to figuring out whats causing the itch. Its abut 3am here as I am typing this. I am very sleeping but can't sleep due to the ***n itching. I also noticed a 3 red dots on my leg like someone took a pen and just poked it on my leg. I actually have these all over my arms and legs. I thought it was nothing but now the 3 red dots are bigger. I will take a picture and post it here.
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  • I am now starting to feel my tongue get itchy too. This is ridiculous. My eyes, nose and now tongue. I'm starting to think its an allergic reaction. I also noticed that I tend to itch when I am at home. I have been out a few times late at night and I wasn't itchy at all, but as soon as I got home and went to bed, the itchy returned. My allergist appointment is in 1 week. Hopefully she can figure out exactly whats causing me ***l
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