Bad Itchy Skin
Posted 31 January 2008 - 06:34 AM
Posted 31 January 2008 - 09:12 AM
I am in the same boat as you. I itch everywhere all the time. I have torn my skin up scratching. I use a prescription cream and Zyrtex which just went over the counter.
But nothing seems to help. I know it is the dryness of winter that is causing this so I bought a humidifier for the bedroom and it seems to help a little. I w ould appreciate any advice on this as well.
Posted 31 January 2008 - 10:49 AM
Posted 31 January 2008 - 03:15 PM
Posted 01 February 2008 - 09:17 AM
The skin is a barrier and itchy skin comes from within. In order to get the medication into the skin you have to break that barrier with water, this allows the meds to get inside where it starts. After the petroleum jelly and steroid soaks in you seal it all with the cream. It's a committment. Good luck,
Posted 01 February 2008 - 03:38 PM
Posted 02 February 2008 - 04:37 PM
Oh I can sympathize. My skin is so dry on my hands it is cracking and bleeding on my mouse clicker fingertip and taking forever to heal. I've been using a gooey moisturizer like petrolium jelly but it also has some lanolin. I'll put it on thick and wear cotton gloves at night. Also, putting on a gooey moisturizer like bag balm or lanolin and then using the wax bath on hands feels good.
I have some patches on my legs that itch and burn especially when water hits it in the shower. Does your skin also burn?
Posted 02 February 2008 - 06:02 PM
This may be true about the time of year. Normally, I am not very itchy, but in last week weeks, I am very itchy. I live in CA and the humidity this time of the year is pretty high.
I use prescription cream and it helps a little.
Posted 03 February 2008 - 06:42 AM
Posted 03 February 2008 - 08:32 AM
Does any one know what causes it? Is it to do with changes in our skin because of scleroderma?
Posted 03 February 2008 - 10:56 AM
Posted 03 February 2008 - 02:09 PM
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Posted 09 September 2008 - 05:44 PM
I contracted some type of dermatitis from a sauna/spa or jacuzzi or from a pedicure, it hard to determine because I was doing all these things at the same time. I was given antibiotics. That helped a lot but my immune system changed
I started to itch when I would exercise or walk. I would walk about 50 yards my skin would start to literally burn and itch. I thought I was allergic to my own sweat. So I went to a dermatologist said I had some autoimmune disorder, hypersensitive skin. He ordered I take Claritin, at the time it was by prescription, 10mg a day, and not to use any fragrance or soaps. I started using glycerin soap with no fragrance. I changed detergents and stopped using bounce or any fragrance to avoid the itching in my legs at night. Life is finally coming back to normal.
I also found out that I'm allergic to eggs, that was another issue to my itching Therefore, I would suggest you find the culprit of whatever you are allergic too so that you can stop itching and better manage your skin and health.
Best to all,
Posted 09 September 2008 - 11:59 PM
Boy, did you just conjure up bad memories of a few months back. The friends here can attest to the torture of itching I was going through. Between my shoulder blades, behind my knees, at my feet, ankles, torso, inside my ears, top of my head. You name an area, I itched like there was no tomorrow.
I was prescribed Benadryl, but it didn't work. Sheryl had mentioned Hydroxyzine and I spoke to my doctor about it. He put me on Hydroxyzine HCL, Cyproheptadine and Prednisone and knock wood , I've been itch free for over two months. Actually I stopped the Hydroxyzine HCL and Cyprohepadine some time ago and am presently weaning off the Predisone down from 60 mg a day to 10 mg a day now. If I even begin to feel an itch come on, I take the Hydroxyzine HCL on an "as needed" basis which is usually only one pill and I'm fine.
I hope this info helps, because I absolutely know what you're going through.
It is what it is...........
Posted 10 September 2008 - 12:16 AM
It probably makes sense to talk to your doctor about the itching and not take ANY MEDICATION, EVEN OVER THE COUNTER without discussing it the your doctor first. Your itching , if related to your autoimmune disease may not respond to traditional treatments, but if it is just due to climate change, allergic reaction or contact dermatitis it probably can first be handled by the old fashioned allergy method:
1. any new laundry products or clothing and linens used that you have not washed
2. consult an allergist for an elimination diet to see if you have started to reacting to foods such as dairy, wheat, etc.
3. if contact with animals is setting you off now
4. is this caused by change of season
5. change of medications
6. try an antihistamine
7. change of skin care product, make up, soap, bath soap, shampoo, etc
8. I use an over the counter anti-itch lotion without a steroid that I love for itchy skin. It comes for regular and sensitive skin and it calms the itch cycle and allows me to feel a lot better when I get seasonal, insect or allergic itching. The fact that it has no steroid is a big plus for me because some of the steroid will be absorbed by the skin and steroids are serious business. So many of us have had to take them for other conditions that it makes sense not to add any more of that stuff to our bodies unless absolutely necessary.
Obviously the autoimmune itching may need much more serious medications, but if you have more than one thing going on you may lessen some of your symptoms and that can only be for the better! Good luck and I wish you relief!
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Posted 10 September 2008 - 01:32 AM
Posted 10 September 2008 - 02:22 AM
Hope you find something to help.
Posted 10 September 2008 - 06:51 AM
I am still having that problem with my skin itching all over, especially after I take a bath. I have been currently using an antihistamine and it only help a little.Since I have connective tissue disease, lupus, scleroderma and vitiligo, I cannot use anything that will off-set one or more disease. I hope your doctor can recommend something for you, I am sure there are other medications you can use. Good luck and hang in there.
Posted 10 September 2008 - 12:31 PM
My major itching came on prior to diagnosis so I suffered for a few months.
I found that hydroxyzine (atarax) excellent in combination with low dose prednisilone to the point that the itching practically abated. However I weaned out the steroid and use ranitidine instead. Yes I know it's Zantac but a side effect
of it is that it helps with itching. It's not as effective as the steroid but less side effects.
I wash with a skin cream only and use another for topical application. Occasionally I use a steroid ointment rather than cream as the ointment stays on longer.
Itching is a symptom that can drive you to distraction.
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