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long term itchiness

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  • Posted By: bonzaii
  • April 21, 2009
  • 10:04 PM

for over a year now, i have had chronic and constant itchy skin. mostly on my legs. i thought that maybe it was due to shaving, however not shaving actually makes the itching worse. i have tried an electric razor as well without any change in it. the scratching causes tiny bumps that often bleed, and sometimes no bumps at all. just the itch.

i did have an outbreak of something like this on my legs years and years ago. i thought it was dry skin and i started using aveeno skin relief every day and that seemed to cure it for quite some time. now it's back with a vengance. and it seems to have spread. the itchiness covers the entirety of both my legs, under my arms, and the inside of my elbows. i went to my primary care doctor and she said she thought it was eczema. although she also said eczema is not very common on the legs like mine is. and my legs is where it the worst.

i have tried unscented lotions, lotions with lanelin, rx strength hydrocortizone, diphenhydramine cream... pretty much everything. i have changed detergents, fabric softeners, soaps and body washes... so i don't think i am allergic to anything. i do have cats, however the benadryl doesn't do anything either. i doubt it's any kind of flea or bedbug infestation because my boyfriend who lives with me has no symptoms. i am waiting for a dermatology appointment but in the mean time i am going crazy! the itching never stops! NOTHING is working! does anyone have any ideas as to what this might be or any suggestions while i wait for my appointment!? before i scratch all my skin off?

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