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Bad Itchy Skin

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I was wondering what all of you use for itchy skin. My skin is really bad right now. My Dermo. has given me 3 differant steroid creams to use but they don't seem to be helping. Is it Benadry, your suppose to take for this, I can't remember?My skin litterly itches everywhere even in my ears and private parts. I know gross! It is very annoying, I would appreciate any suggestions you might have.

 

Thank You

 

Jackie S.

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Jackie,

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.


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Hi Miocean and Pamela, thank you for your replies. Miocean, I was using a humidifier when I lived in California. When we moved I left it behind, so I guess I should get another one. What is Zyrtex? Pamela, I to use Oatmeal Bath, which does help some. That is the only item I use with Oatmeal. If either of you have any other suggestions I would appreciate it.

 

Thanks

 

Jackie S.

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My now 21 year old son had severe eczema as a child, and still suffers. The very best thing we learned was petroleum jelly baths. It sounds horrible, and it's not that pleasant, but it worked. You soak in a warm, not hot bath for about 20 minutes, until your finger tips crinkle. While you are still in the water, put petroleum jelly all over, UNDER WATER. Get out CAREFULLY. PAT don't rub dry. That alone may help. With my son we also had prescription steroids (topical) and then after the steroid cream you put a cream based stuff on top to hold it all in. It was the only thing that worked. He was cured essentially day one. As I said it's not easy, but it did help.

 

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,

Karen

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Thank you Karen, that's interresting I grew up using petroleum jelly all of the time. My skin was terrible dry when I was young, it would crack and bleed. Now I just seem to be itchy everywhere, it's weird. Well, thank you for your reply.

 

Jackie S.

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Hi Jackie,

 

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?


Take care,

Barefut

 

Serena Justis

ISN Blogger

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi Pamela,

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.


Kind regards,

 

Kamlesh

 

 

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Good morning to all of you. Hi Barefut, thanks for your reply. There are so many things I can't use on my skin. There are so many materials, I can't stand against my skin. The only material I find comfortable is 100% cotton. I can't wear any silky fabrics, it just about drives me crazy. As far as moistureizers, I can't use anything with Lanolin, I don't know why, but I just can't. I cannot wear cotton gloves, it really bothers me. I must have a bath everyday, if I don't my skin is very tight, itchy, and it just feels awfull, I don't know any other way to describe it. I was out stacking wood yesterday and I can hardly walk today, big mistake, but unfortunately my husband and I must do all of the work around here. I enjoy it, my body just doesn't. Well, have a wonderfull Superbowl Sunday.

 

Jackie S.

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The back of my hands are very itchy along with may back(just right shoulder blade, centre of back), I have tried using moisturizing cream but that didn't help so general practitioner gave me Eurax cream on perscription. It helps but doesn't stop it altogether.

 

Does any one know what causes it? Is it to do with changes in our skin because of scleroderma?

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Hi Jensue, I'm assuming it's the Sclero. causing this, alot of us on this board seem to have this problem. I think this time of year also isn't helping. The cold weather is definately harder on my skin then the warmer weather. Have a great day.

 

Jackie S.

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My itchy skin start several months before I was diagnosed with Scleroderma. My sister has the itchy skin worse than I do. She doesn't have Scleroderma. It could be some type of autoammunine disorder. We both have used a couple different medicines, including Elavil prescribed by our doctors. We are now prescribed hydroxyzine. It has a sedative effect which really bothers me. It doesn't seem to bother my sister. I only take it when nothing else works. My sis also goes to a dermatologist and gets shots to help stop the severe itching. We haven't figured out when it actually started or what brought it on. I get reprieves of days and sometimes weeks now without being bothered. My sis is affected 24/7. We have found that creams containing sulfur work the best. Good Luck. Sheryl


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Chat Moderator

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Hi Everyone,

 

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,

G

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Hi Jackie:

 

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.


Tru

 

It is what it is...........

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It seems like coincidence that a lot of people start itching when the seasons change. The allergens change as the seasons do. The humidity level in the air changes. It may be allergy related - that may be separate from the autoimmune thing or just one more lucky short straw.

 

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

and lastly,

 

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!


Smurfette

 

Chocolate, It isn't just for breakfast anymore!

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When I get itchy skin it drives me nuts. I take atarax ( hydroxyzine). Like Sheryl said it does have a sedative effect , so I only take it at night and it does help the next day. I could never take it during the day. I would be a zombie.

 

Hope you find something to help.

Hugs

Nina Lynn

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Hi Jackie,

 

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.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Leslie R

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Hello All

 

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.

 

Take care.

 

Amanda


Amanda Thorpe

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(Retired) ISN Email Support Specialist

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