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WHY is itchy skin soooooooo understudied????????????????

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 22, 2008
  • 00:56 AM

I have read through many of the postings. I just don't get it!!!!!! I simply cannot believe he lack of answers for all who have sought help from docs .......!

There are too many people here with no answers. I am new to this kind of itchy problem....and to see how many have no answers simply amazes me. It is also fairly discouraging.

I wrote in a few days ago with my first post....and since then I am itchier than ever. I have one HUGE welt that is not only itchy but warm to the touch. I have a variety of tiny spots......and small welts and the huge itchy warm welt. I keep popping Benedryl tablets and that helps a bit but the price to pay is grogginess. I have used the baking soda as someone suggested and I got a bit of relief but I still am itchy. I have taken bites of XANAX since that calms nerves and it helps some because I think our nerve endings in our skin are over-excited from whatever is causing the rash/ itchiness but that is addictive.....so you can't use it too frequently. THAT plus the Benedryl really makes me tired too.

I have tried every single topical cream/ spray that exists and none of that stuff really works. I have a prescription for a steroid cream and that is practically useless.

These rashes we have (except for the scabies people) in my opinion must be internally driven. Presently I am awaiting blood work results but after reading so many posts here I am not too encouraged that there will be an answer. If there is I will certainly post it.....but I am not that hopeful for an answer.

I just can't get over the number of people who write in here.....and the lack of answers. I think maybe there is a virus in adults for instance that has to run its course.....something that has not been defined yet......but when you have been itchy itchy for a while.....and it just keeps getting worse with more and more spots and welts.....ya gotta wonder WHEN is this thing going to reach a plateau at least.....

Anyway.....I am just venting because I have read so many posts and I am astounded at how there is such a lack of answers.....and what really astounds me is how many people are initially told they have scabies and then poison is applied to the skin .....with no results....when there should be a scraping taken first and examined under a microscope. That lotion is not good for the body.

Okay.......I just needed to vent....
1986

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  • what does it look like, if you get a picture, maybe its the same thing i have.i had little red dots over my thighs, neck, under arm, stomach, everywhere, and i think its due to caffine. cause after i stopped drinking Monster energy drink, its been gone. i am now drinking water and healthy drinks. (i still get itchiness around my body but i think its due to not entirely healing.) but try working out, Sweat a lil, (maybe alot), and drink and eat healthy. i think maybe its due to eating somehting your alergic to. but yeah, when i do get itchi, i do endure it. i tell myself to cuase if its on your skin for a long time, what are you gonna do? go to the doctor and tell him to give u some medicine and pay alot of money while he tells you its scrabies? i dont know about that but if its not scrabies, its probably something you are consuming. try drinking water, tea, salads, healthier food, then maybe they will go away. cause mine is almost all gone after a day of water. hope this helps.ps. try to endure the itchiness, cause if u scratch, then its gonna get worse.edit: look here also. i think maybe this is something you should look at. http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/3942
    koreankid 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Koreankid, Thanks for the link. About sweating: I once had a reaction to a shot and got hives at the spot....think it was the oil in the solution from what I read about the kind of shot I had. I did sweat from doing work outside- I really sweated (but not intentionally to get rid of the hives -it did not occur to me that sweating would be effective) but nonetheless the hives (after two weeks of having them) went away. I must have sweated out what was left in my muscle after the shot.So interesting theory that you brought up. This case is different as I have not gotten a shot and I am concerned that the heat might make it worse and I am afraid of MORE itchiness. Having said that.....I will keep that method in mind as a possibility. IN thinking about what I have done differently.....About one month ago I started taking probiotics and was taking more than was recommended. The research on side effects barely exists but I found one case where a child broke out in a rash. Just stopped taking that.Also- caffeine. I never used caffeine but about a month ago began drink small-moderate amounts of organic tea....(I made iced tea) but I have not had any of that for about a week. I did notice though that when I drank it- it heightened the itchiness. I think because caffeine is a stimulant. That is why I think the xanax helps a bit because that is a calming med. I also think it is important to eat healthy as you said. I have cut out sugar and grains.....just the other day because grains and sugar can feel bad bacteria in the gut. I practically fasted yesterday and I did drink lots of water. I started taking a one a day vitamin yesterday. Sounds like caffeine is a culprit from what you have said - in your case. I do think that the stomach plays a role in so much re: our bodies. That the stomach should be in good health. That is why I asked the question in my very first post - if anyone had stomach issues....that had the rash. i have had stomach issues and that is why I took the probiotics. But in my case....I have over the years actually had better luck with antibiotics. I know some would disagree with that method as some people can get awful stomach problems from abx like someone told me that she got c-diff in my post. But I am the opposite at least so far. If I don't have any relief soon from this rash....I may try to get some abx from my doc. Scabies was ruled out by my derm. But I am awaiting bloodwork results as liver or kidney issues.....or thyroid issues and other things can cause a rash. If you have a lot of fillings- mercury can be a culprit. There are so many factors and an allergen as you said may be one of the culprits...something eaten. If my blood work shows nothing....then it is on to skin tests with an allergist. IN actuality I think if we pay attention to what we eat like you were saying....monitor what happens.....and get to know our bodies we might be able to figure it out......Thanks for writing. I am glad you problem is alleviating. It sure is hard to NOT scratch but I do agree that it can make it worse:eek:.Regards,1986
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  • Koreankid, I tried to post this earlier but it did not go through. Hope it goes through now.Maybe the following will validate what you are saying about sweating:A few years back had a reaction to a vitamin shot and got hives around the injection site....think it was the oil in the solution from what I read about the kind of shot I had. I had hives for two weeks and then I went outside into the hot yard and did some work. I did sweat from doing so much work outside- (but not intentionally to get rid of the hives -it did not occur to me that sweating would be effective) but nonetheless the hives SUDDENLY went away. I must have sweated out what was left in my muscle after the shot.This time it is a different kind of itchy thing. IN thinking about what I have done differently.....About one month ago I started taking probiotics and was taking more than was recommended. The research on side effects barely exists but I found one case where a child broke out in a rash. Just stopped taking that.I never used caffeine but about a month ago began drink small-moderate amounts of caffinated iced tea. I stopped drinking that about a week ago as I did notice though that when I drank it- it heightened the itchiness. I think because caffeine is a stimulant. That is why I think the xanax helps a bit because that is a calming med. I do think that the stomach plays a role in so much re: our bodies. That the stomach should be in good health. That is why I asked the question in my very first post - if anyone had stomach issues....who was itchy.I have had stomach issues and that is why I took the probiotics. But in my case....I have over the years actually had better luck with antibiotics. I know some would disagree with that method as some people can get awful stomach problems from abx like someone told me that she got c-diff in my post. But I am the opposite at least so far.Scabies was ruled out by my derm. But I am awaiting bloodwork results as liver or kidney issues.....or thyroid issues and other things can cause a rash. I am glad you problem is alleviating. It sure is hard to NOT scratch but I do agree that it can make it worse.Regards,1986
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  • yeah so its been like 1 months since ive had spots on my body. well after i stopped drinking monster. i dont have spots on my body, and i dont itch at all. i mean i do itch when i get hot just a little bit but yeah, i dont itch at all when im calm. yeah, sorry it wasnt what i had, but i hope your condition gets better.
    koreankid 4 Replies
    • August 12, 2008
    • 08:06 AM
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  • yeah so its been like 1 months since ive had spots on my body. well after i stopped drinking monster. i dont have spots on my body, and i dont itch at all....I'm glad to here that you're doing better! Keep in mind, though, that the culprit may NOT have actually been the caffeine in Monster, but some other ingredient.K
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2010
    • 00:54 AM
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  • Omg I am suffering, I keep reading and hopefull someone will have ab
    n answer. I'm in the same condition looks like it starts with a bit, then tuns ino a rash or welt then one huge welt. It goes away for maybe a day or two then back in another spot. Dr so far no help on my wat to urgent care now.

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