From the article: Itching
Skin itching can make you miserable. Many people have found relief by identifying and fixing the cause. Even when a cause isn't found, some people have found unique ways to soothe their itch. Have you found a great way to solve the problem of itchy skin (beyond the use of medications)? Share your experiences with others. Share Your Solution
constant skin itching dialysis patient a
- my son is on dialysis and our entire family has bad itchy and red skin. have been to masny different dr.s and noone can solve our problem. any ideas?
- —Guest jean
Life changing solution found
- SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate is a synthetic foaming agent in many products that come in contact with our bodies. It's in toothpaste, shampoo, bar soap, liquid soap, and laundry detergent...it's even in these products labeled for sensitive skin....and it steamed havoc all over my body. Apparently, some people's bodies can develop an ever increasing intolerance over time. My main symptoms were intense itching, rash, burning, enflamed areas on increasing parts of my body over time. Legs, face around mouth (from toothpaste), scalp, etc. Bottom line: by changing all products mentioned above to ones without SLS, I solved 99.9% of all skin problems. Vermont Soap is an all natural soap products manufacturer and a great place to start. Their unscented shower gel is a great body soap and shampoo. Check every label on every product that touches your body, and eliminate anything with SLS.
- —Guest Susan
Itchy legs, thighs and waist
- I have been having this for almost 10 years now..... Dermotologists couldn,t cure it, but when I go home to India Iget no itch. For the past one month I go trough HELL... tried everything that have been on the Internet.... I drink a lot of water, apply oil water twice a day on the itchy areas but the night time terror has not not left me to be in peace. Best of luck to all my co- sufferers..
- —Guest the Itcher
- Sulfites (in wine), sulfa drugs, and sulfates (used as packaging aid or preservative etc. ) cause me to itch all over my body. I had to eliminate most soaps, shampoos, even fiber tabs and some vitamins. But the relief is real. Last night my toes were itching bringing me to tears. I used an organic peppermint liquid soap in cold water for relief. Benadryl didn't help. No more wine at all for me.
- —Guest itchy toes
Polycythemia might be cause of itching
- Although drs. have told me that my Polycythemia Vera is what causes my intense itching, I am not convinced this is the only cause. I know better than to take a nice hot shower, but even cool ones get the itching started. My itching is sometimes caused by a change in position, like when I lay down in bed. I take Gabapentin, Hydroxyzine and, very infrequently, I'll take one-half a tablet of Xanax.I have suffered with this itching since 2001 and have found nothing that helps it consistently. It's difficult to enjoy every day life as just the act of changing my clothing can set off the itching. I could write a book about this!
- —Guest Lori
upper body itching
- I have had this itching for 5 years now, happened after having my first girl... its very frustrating the only thing that has made it bearable while sleeping or even during the day is ice. i have been seeing a neurologist taken many a test and 8 mo ago i got a blood test for my iron levels, they were very low abnormally low, so my doc put me on a high dose of iron, it took a month and i kid you not i was itch free, i thanked God every day and night sleeping was sooo awesome after 6 mo it started coming back... i did research and read that sometimes your body can stop absorbing iron... so disappointing but still working with my doc on this... i recommend getting your iron levels checked...
- —Guest becca
itchy upper arms
- so good to hear others with this problem, my arms ar full of scares now ware ive scratched so hard, I no the more Ive scrached the worse it got, I use a anti itch cream Eutax.... And also get releaf from ice pack, gold wet flanel, if im out and cant use cold water, ive use my own spit to calm the area down....before it gets out of hand....I feel its starts when there is a change of tempreture to a hot room....as if they cant breath, I have to wear cotton clothing......my arms love the sunshine... Open and free.. I have read there maybe a nerve issue in the spine. Thinking back this all started around the time my back/neck problems... I will be chatting to my chiropractor about this. ?..
- —Guest andrea
Also available at Cracker Barrel
- Itchy skin I've been to the internist, dermatologist and allergist. I've had every test and all are negative. I've had severe itching for about 20 years, to the point where I tear my skin and it bruises. I've tried everything available, both over the counter and by prescription. A year ago I found the only thing that stops the itch. It's J.R. Watkins Menthol Camphor ointment. It's only available online. Just put a layer on the area that itches and in a minute, it is gone. I don't know what I would do if I hadn't found it.
- —Guest Suzanne
- for a month I wanted to ripoff my skin..it got scaly and actually hurt. in the past I had taken gabapentin for my fibromyalgia and arthritis but had run out and couldn't afford refill so wasn't taking it during this month of torture. when I went back on the gabapentin...miracle!! the itching subsided and my entire body calmed.. the breakouts seemed to flatten from the bumps they had made..this may not work for all but after reading all the other entries I wanted to put this out there because I was as frustrated as everyone else and very depressed at times. so try gabapentin.
- —Guest Kami
- Itch is not the word. My arms felt like they had tiny spiders running around under my skin. I would scratch without thinking and the itch would become mush worse. I have had this problem for so long. My arms are a mess with scars. I am trying a thrush cream, 100% tea tree oil or 100% lavender oil mixed with thrush cream. Along with the occasional anti histamine. This is helping. I will give some of your solutions a go. I will be telling my doctor about this sight. He told me it was in my head. Hopefully he can get answers to this most hated problem. Thankyou to you all. I thought I was alone.
- —Guest Helen
- My husband started itching a few years back, we have tried everything from eating different foods to allergy pills, finally I read something about to much sugar. We have been trying this for almost a month now, he still drinks soda in moderation, but has cut out candy bars and stuff like that. Seems to be working great! As far as I am concerned it has to be the sugar.
- —Guest Itchy Hubby in AZ
- I have severe itching all over my body, I hardly sleep at night. While vacationing in the Dominican Repiblic, I decided to see a dermatologist and she recommended me Atarax; it could only be taken at night time because you get really sleepy, since it contain cortisone and other calming ingredients. I usually taken it around 9 and by 10 or 11 I be sleeping like a baby. This works because I also went to a dermatologist here and he recommended me the same thing but the generic brand. Both works the generic and the Atarax. Ask you doctor if you could take it because its the only thing that could stop me from itching at night.
- —Guest Anonymous
- as soon as I drink coffee my scalp itches and I get rash on my neck and face I find the moment I apply LACURA body care sorbelene cream it goes away it itches mainly when I asleep at night I keep the cream next to my bed
- In the month of May in the year 2010 I moved to Virginia. I had been living in Boston for a few months & I had been in the Navy before that. I have NEVER had a problem with my skin. I had always been able to shower & sweat with no problems. Unfortunately my skin became itchy after a few months in Virginia. It would happen after a shower, after I sweated or whenever I felt hot. At times it would be mild but usually when it came it was bad. I had driven to work more than a few times scratching the whole way. I saw a few dermatologist who prescribed a few different meds but none of them worked for me. On my last visit an intern suggested that I take cold showers & use bar soap. I would also stop using lotions & started to use eucerin creams or anything along those lines. It was a god send! I no longer feared taking showers or feeling hot or sweating! I hope that someone out there can use this to help themselves. Glad that I was not the only but very sad to see so many people suffering.
- —Guest mike
Why am I itching?
- I have alot of allergy itching and a rash on my shoulder and back.Reading thru other responses....could we be allergic to chlorine in our baths and showers?
- —Guest Loretta
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