Hot Flashes And Itchy Skin
Posted 19 January 2008 - 06:42 AM
Posted 19 January 2008 - 11:31 AM
I can't answer for the hot flashes as I went through menopause before coming down with scleroderma. I am so cold all the time right now I would welcome them! I can tell you that itchy skin is a common complaint among us. My skin itches so much I have torn it up scratching it. I feel like I have a bad case of fleas. I just bought a humidifier on the suggestion of my rheumatologist so I hope that it helps. I use all kinds of creams, lotions, and oils and found a prescription cream that works best for my skin. The only problem is I use it up before I am due for a refill. And even with my insurance it is expensive.
I know hot flashes can be terrible, I hope you find some relief somewhere.
Posted 19 January 2008 - 11:53 PM
Posted 20 January 2008 - 10:37 AM
Posted 20 January 2008 - 10:39 AM
I am having terrible hot flashes and itchy skin right now, too. It's driving me nuts! I just mentioned the itching to my rheumatologist last Tuesday and she suggested a prescription allergy medicine. However, she must have forgotten to call it in and at this point I haven't followed up on this. Benedryl also helps, however it does make me very sleepy so I don't want to take it during the daytime if I have to drive or do anything that requires me to be awake!
As for the hot flashes, I've had them for years and assumed they had to do with menopause, but I think they should have quit a long time ago! I have had them (really bad) for years. I avoided hormone replacement treatment for years, but my rheumatologist and my primary care doctor finally convinced me that a low-dose hormone patch was safe and would actually be good for me. I started using the lowest dose patch available and it was WONDERFUL and worked beautifully and I did feel so much better! The reason I am having the hot flashes again now is that I stopped putting the patch on last week because the patch itself was leaving a little red spot on my skin and I wondered if I was allergic to it or something. I'll have to check with the doctor on that, but meanwhile I am having the hot flashes, especially at night.
As for the itching, it's worse, to me, than the hot flashes! I itch all over and I guess it's dry skin, but how do you even get a cream or lotion on your back and places you can't reach? I'm going shopping in a little while and am going to look for body butter someone suggested awhile back and I do intend to try the prscription for Clariton if my doctor gets it called in. It isn't spposed to make you sleepy.
Mary in Texas
Posted 22 January 2008 - 07:17 PM
You can deprive the body but the soul needs chocolate
my HMO makes me wear a helmet...
Posted 23 January 2008 - 05:33 AM