I posted this message on the "liver conditions" forum yesterday - have had several views but no responses - maybe someone who follows this page could help?
We are desperately searching for relief for scratching due to what we believe is an immune system or liver problem.
My boyfriend has been a heavy drinker for over 30 years, and it has now taken its toll on his immune system.
He has been prescribed valium to assist with giving up alcohol, but prefers to cut back on his own - he only takes the valium on days when he has not been drinking.
He has cut back on the alcohol, but is finding it very difficult to stop completely.
He has also been advised that he is pre-diabetic and that this could also be a cause of the scratching.
His skin is raw from the constant scratching which gets worse when he gets into bed at night.
His whole body is now affected, and he has red, raw areas which bleed. Creams do not help as the itch comes from under the surface of the skin. He does use a cortisone based cream which I believe will eventually do more harm than good and which only offers short term relief (if any).
Hope someone can offer some advice.
PS : We would prefer a natural remedy.
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