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No one can diagnose the reason for my prurigo

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  • Posted By: jandee
  • September 9, 2009
  • 05:58 AM

I have been diagnosed recently with prurigo simplex, after my 3rd skin biopsy. And nothing seems to be working for the itch or the recurring nodules - which are keeping me awake at night, and exhausted all day.

The condition started with a few nodules 7 years ago, which disappeared with cetrizine tablets and steroid cream. Over the years, a few rare flare-ups have been controlled with the same medication. This summer (April) we had house repairs being done. A lot of paint, dust, insects etc. flying around in the air, and I do not know whether it is this or the stress that has caused a huge problem this time around.

For the last 6 months, I have had an ever increasing number of very very itchy nodules, which come up like little mosquito bites, and then darken, and finally ooze, and leave dark scars. I have more than 400 - 500 all over my arms, legs, trunk and stomach right now - mainly.

Treatment : I have been through various allergen-detection tests - skin patches, food allergy tests etc. which have all shown up negative. A whole host of doctors have been treating me with different anti-histhamines, steroids (oral and topical) - all with no effect at all.

The itch worsens at night, or even if I attempt an afternoon nap. It gets unbearable after a luke warm water bath. I have been applying coconut oil, ice water compresses, aloe vera gel (temporary relief), but it is really getting me down.

I would welcome ANY help, suggestions, diagnoses, or even anyone else with shared symptoms of prurigo (WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF MINE?)

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