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#1 Snowbird

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 01:42 PM

Hi

Can anyone tell me how long this itchy skin can or might last?? Not sure if it will come and go in spurts or just drive me nuts forever! Mine has lasted for many months, then went away for a few weeks, then it came back with a vengeance :o .

Thanks.
Sending good wishes your way!

#2 fancyface

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 06:20 PM

Snowbird

The itchy skin is really irritating :huh:

I use lots and lots of lotion! My rheumatologist told me to use paraffin baths? Right now this is expensive to me so I have not used it yet.

As you know, I am new to this disorder :(

Maybe someone will give us some really good tips!!!!!!!!!

take care,
Mel

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 09:26 PM

Hi

I was diagnosis with Diffuse Scleroderma Aug 06 and the only relief I got from the itching was when I was on high doses of Prednisone.....but you can't stay on that for too long. My itching is only on my arms and legs where the skin is really tight. I always have bits of skin off from scratching in my sleep. My general practitioner thinks it might be from damaged nerves rather than dry skin. I am going to ask my rheumatologist when I see him next week.
It would be a big relief if someone could come up with some answers.

Best Wishes

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 10:28 PM

Hey.
Try drinking lots of water.

Bathing can actually be very drying on skin. When I shower everyday my skin itches like mad so maybe try every 2-3 days.

Warmth may increase as well as certian kinds of foods. I discovered dairy increased the inflammation in my body after careful monitoring of the kinds of foods I ate. Dairy caused horrible, itchy spots on my face - nothing helped except for a cold pack of peas or a can of soda. It got kinda tricky since I also have raynauds... I held the soda to my face with gloves on.

Meds can be drying but there also may be meds that can help with the itching - so you may want to consult a doctor or pharmacist.

I use an anti-itch oatmeal based lotion & bath oil.
PM me if you want the brand.

Hope some of these tips help,
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Posted 07 February 2008 - 01:25 AM

You can use a bath and shower product containing mineral oil. You put it on IN the shower and then you LEAVE it on. Putting it on in the shower allows the oil to get past the skins natural barrier and into the layers below where itching starts. You can also try petroleum jelly, which works great and in the same way, but it kinda glunky and messy, but great in a pinch. Be careful--the tub will be slippery!
Karen

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 04:55 AM

Good morning to all of you. This itching of the skin definately seems to be a big problem here. I have been having a terrible time with the itching, it's weird it's like it comes and goes at the weirdest times. All I've been doing is using the Oatmeal Baths and the cortisone creams my doctor gave me. When it's bad, nothing seems to help. I itch everywhere on my body, it gets very frustrating, because I just can't stop scratching. I really make a mess of my skin, but I just can't help it. If any of you find something that works for this problem I and I'm sure everyone else here would like to hear about it. Take care.

Jackie S.

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 09:51 AM

I get very itchy on my lower legs. Moisturizing creams help, but the only thing that works when it's really bad is a cream containing benzocaine.

Oddly, it seems to get worse when I take baths rather than showers. Perhaps the soaking is more drying (?)

Craig

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 12:36 PM

I've currently got itching /burning of feet and lower legs which has just returned after an absence of 3 months or so. Moisturising cream helps to some extent. I also find that the more I scratch the itchier I get - definitely better when I resist the temptation.
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Posted 07 February 2008 - 12:37 PM

Thanks everybody for the good tips...I'll see what I can do about those....but it sure seems to come with this territory by the sound of it....
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 05:07 AM

Hi everybody
I used to be driven mad with itchy skin but since my rheumatologist prescribed pregablin (Lyrica capsules) it has made an amazing difference, I couldn't go on without it.
I have to say I' m grateful for the prescription service we have here because I purchase a quarterly certificate then I can get as many items as I need for no more cost. The National Health Service isn't perfect but it's not all bad either. I certainly couldn't afford all the tests and treatments otherwise.

Scottish Vee

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 08:48 AM

Hi there~

I too have really itchy skin. I was thinking it was just me or maybe all the med that I take. I do bathe every day and love the water hot. I've read that this dries out the skin, but it feels soooo good. I lather on tons of lotions and use moisturising body soaps. But, I'm still really itchy.

I too will have to try some of the advise give before me.
Take care and stay warm,

Michelle

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 07:56 PM

Michelle,
Warm baths are lovely and comforting but it doesn't allow your skin to moisturize with its own natural oils. It might be gross the first time you skip a day but eventaully you get use to it.

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 08:00 PM

I only have itchy skin on my arms and legs which begins itching about 5 minutes after getting out of the shower. I recently went to my local general practitioner about this problem. My general practitioner offered me an explanation that when I have hot showers (which are apparantly too hot) my skin pores open. When getting out of the shower the change in the temperature aggrevates my pores and causes an allergic reaction. He suggested colder showers and an anti-histamine pill if the itching persists.

While this seems like a reasonably plausible explanation, I have always had hot showers so I am left wondering what has changed in the last few months that I have been experiencing this condition. As already discussed maybe it is a change in my bodies natural oil levels.

I have tried creams and they simply don't work. I must admit that I don't drink close enough to the 2L of water suggested daily. I'll give that a go, thanks for the suggestion.

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 09:50 PM

Hi, Gem. Welcome to the forums and thank you for jumping right in with a post.

I read somewhere that we should take warm showers and have been doing so. This does help. I think a cold shower would be too shocking and probably bring on a Raynaud's attack. I can't tolerate most creams, though I recently found a very light lotion that I can tolerate. And water does help.
Warm wishes,
Jefa

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Posted 06 May 2008 - 11:32 PM

I am absolutely fed up with my itching skin, I feel like getting a metal brush and rubbing it all over my body. Mine also comes in bouts, I might be ok for a week then itch like crazy for a month. I am definately mentioning to my Rheumatologist when I next see her. I have tried sorbeline and cortisone cream but nothing works and lasts. I might try the oatmeal soap though.

Take care
Celia

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 01:37 AM

Hello All
Ive had the itches from the beginning of my symptoms 2 1/2 years ago and are pretty much used to it now. Im definately with peanut regarding not showering so often. I itch like crazy afterwards, and have gotten used to not having one daily. The skin changes have slowed down/elliminated my oil and sweat production which makes it possible to skip several days and just have a daily sink wash of major areas. I never get wiffy :lol: my hubby washes my feet each night as I can't even reach them anyhow! I got an emolient cream from my dermatologist which is thick, almost as thick as petroleum jelly, which is great for laying down a barrier. This post has reminded me though about the oatmeal based products Ive been meaning to try, so thx for the reminder! One thing I have noticed is, if Im in a different city from where I live, Im hardly itchy. Where I live is wine country, so therefore, there are alot of chemicals in the air and pollen etc. I recently stayed in Wellington and Palmerston North and neither cities grow anything to the scale that is grown here in Marlborough and itching was not an issue at all. Its just interesting to note. I'll try drinking more water too!
Susannah x

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 07:29 AM

I also suffer with bouts of terrible itching on the forearms, legs below the knees and chest. I also find it is worse after a hot shower. Sometimes it is downright horrible and other times it is not so bad. However, it always seems to be there at some level. I have found a gel that I put on after I shower and at night before bed that really has helped alot. PM me and I will be happy to send you information on it.

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Posted 07 May 2008 - 02:44 PM

Hi Snowbird,

I am so there with you on the itchy skin first I try Atarax that did not work, now I am using Benedryl that helps a little. I hope someone can find some solution to stop this itching, it is driving off the wall. Good Luck