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Itching After Bathing and Shower, Diarreah, Headaches, UTI Symptoms but Negative UTI

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  • Posted By: ScaredOfTheShower
  • July 23, 2009
  • 01:12 AM

So, ok long story.

For a while now, everytime I take a shower or bath, as soon as I get out, I start itching to the point of pain and crying but, no rash. at first i thought that maybe my skin was just very dry so I tried using lotion (3 of them) nothing eased the itch.

I have switched 5 different soaps, laundry soaps, from loofah, to washcloth to just my hand to bathe with and nothing is helping.

I am already on 180mg daily of Allegra for year-round allergies and still, no help.

I also get diarrhea several times a week, that has just not really gone away. Actually my stools are never really firm.

I am also getting headaches now, at least 2 a week. They start in the back base of my head and work their way forward.

My doctor thinks I am either insane or just seeking attention but, I am actually just looking for something to help, mainly the itching more than anything. I am seriously terrified to shower because of what happens afterwards. Hurts so bad it moves me to tears.

I have no idea what I am dealing with or if any symptom has anythingt to do with the other.

Any suggestions??

Thanks ahead of time
-Scared

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  • Here you go:http://allergies.emedtv.com/allegra/allegra-side-effects.html I think you have become sensitive to allegra; perhaps the itchiness indicates trouble somewhere else in your system, brought on by Allegra. http://www.drugs.com/sfx/fexofenadine-side-effects.htmlSevere allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; Hypersensitivity side effectsHypersensitivity side effects have included rare reports of rash, urticaria, and pruritus. Other hypersensitivity reactions have included angioedema, chest tightness, dyspnea, flushing... http://www.aad.org/public/publications/pamphlets/common_pruritus.htmlPruritus: an itch... Maybe you should see an allergist and just get the desensitization and use homeopathic preparations, which you can get over the counter at health food stores.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies Flag this Response
  • HI what i do know is,if you have a sensitive skin and you water is to hot it can cause a rash . your blood pressuer can drop and you will get dizzy spels. be very thirsty when you get out the bath. how hot is your water? i am not to sure why you tummy is upset . hope this can help
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies Flag this Response
  • May want to get checked for crohn's disease those can be symptoms for that especially that never firm stools. Skin sensitivity and headaches are also symptoms I have along with weight loss and hemorrhoids. This can be done by a gastroentorologist performing a colonoscopy. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Your condition may represent:-aquagenic pruritus (without urticaria)-a secondary cause such as polycythemia vera Further evaluation by a specialist may be warranted.
    m3dh31p 69 Replies Flag this Response
  • I think his doctor could order a kidney screening--the bloodwork to check the functioning..
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Join the club. I've had this since my early 20's and I'm now 56. However, I strongly advise you to sign up to the Aquagenic Pruritus forum on Yahoo. (See below). That's what you've got, guaranteed. It COULD be a side effect of Polycythemia Vera (PCV) and you can get your blood checked for that. The forum is growing as more and more people realise that they're not nuts, but they suffer from a recognised condition. There's a lot of good helpful advice in terms of managing the itch. For me personally and many others, though this seems counter intuitive, it's heat. When you shower, at the end, turn the heat up, not so hot that you injure yourself, but hot enough to get your skin good and rosy. If you've got a removable shower head and flexible hose, direct it onto the parts that itch the most (probably your legs right?). There's a very good chance that you won't itch after. Don't ask me to explain it, but it works for many of us. However, for some it doesn't. For them, they find cold works best, but I think it's fair to say that most of us respond well to heat. There are other treatments: capsacin cream, Low Band UV, the types of material you use,... Take a look. You can view without joining, but you'd be more than welcome to join the forum and share thoughts and ideas. You are not alone, you are not nuts and you aren't attention seeking. You're suffering from AP. http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/aquagenicskin/SteveSo, ok long story.For a while now, everytime I take a shower or bath, as soon as I get out, I start itching to the point of pain and crying but, no rash. at first i thought that maybe my skin was just very dry so I tried using lotion (3 of them) nothing eased the itch. I have switched 5 different soaps, laundry soaps, from loofah, to washcloth to just my hand to bathe with and nothing is helping.I am already on 180mg daily of Allegra for year-round allergies and still, no help.I also get diarrhea several times a week, that has just not really gone away. Actually my stools are never really firm.I am also getting headaches now, at least 2 a week. They start in the back base of my head and work their way forward.My doctor thinks I am either insane or just seeking attention but, I am actually just looking for something to help, mainly the itching more than anything. I am seriously terrified to shower because of what happens afterwards. Hurts so bad it moves me to tears.I have no idea what I am dealing with or if any symptom has anythingt to do with the other.Any suggestions??Thanks ahead of time-Scared
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 17, 2009
    • 09:55 PM
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  • Get your kidneys checked. If kidneys aren't functioning correctly this can cause high levels of Urea in your blood which can cause itchiness. If kidneys are not functioning correctly you may have kidney reflux which is causing infection.
    netparsley 7 Replies
    • August 18, 2009
    • 03:55 AM
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  • try to avoid foods which create increase the heat in your body like chicken, pungent foods, onion, garlic etc. Avoid intake of Food/Drinks when they are extremely cold or hot. Avoid taking steams. Cold application on Stomach helps cure such headache
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 28, 2010
    • 05:37 PM
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  • I have been suffering with this for 6 years. The itching after showers and baths is unbearable and getting worse. I also suffer with diarreah a couple of times a week like yourself but have never linked the two things. I have tried so many different soaps, creams, washing powders etc. i have basically just accepted the fact im going to have to put up with it as my doctor has no clue whats causing it, but now i know there is a name for it maybe i can get some help. I used to be a good looking sociable guy who was always out and about but now i just go to work, come home and stay in on my own, i think that the lack of energy along with everything else has turned me into a total loner, plus i dont want to live with anyone cos the situation with the itch etc is a complete nightmare. i dont want to be like this so if anybody knows of any medication that i can use i would love to hear about it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
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