• Country Girl Country Girl
    March 04, 2009
    dry itchy skin is driving me crazzzzyyyyy!!
    Country Girl Country Girl
    March 04, 2009

    dry itchy skin.......i'm just about to go crazy! i wake up at night clawing my arms, legs, and chest. is this just part of ra or is there an underlying cause?  i have patches of dry, red spots on my arms.  help!

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  • Lene  Andersen
    Health Guide
    March 07, 2009
    Lene  Andersen
    Health Guide
    March 07, 2009

    Ellen has some very good suggestions about what could be causing your itchiness, but I want to add one thing. Are you on a biologic for your RA, such as Enbrel, Humira or Remicade? In my experience, they make everything extremely dry, including your skin and can cause rashes. When I was on Enbrel, I had rashes everywhere that were the itchiest thing I've ever had, but to me, the benefits outweighed the rashes. When I switched to Humira, they mostly disappeared (not entirely, but mostly). Drink lots of water and find a good moisturizer - Aveeno is terrific - and go for fragrance free products, just in case you're sensitive to scent. You may also want to make an appointment to see your doctor to get it checked out.


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  • peonyred July 06, 2009
    peonyred
    July 06, 2009

    Me too!!!  Saw your post and  yes, scratch scaratch! I have RA but no rash  just itch ,which means skin bleeds when I scratch--mine is mainly legs, feet then arms. Please have you found an answer yet? Hope so!  Good luck.

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  • Pamela March 01, 2011
    Pamela
    March 01, 2011

    Yes, me too.  Diagnosed with RA last year (I am now 59) and am on Malaria meds to prevent deteriorating joints (anyone else on this?).  I have had the RA for several years (now looking back of course).  I have also have terrible itching on arms, which now is spreading to shoulders and scalp. First Ithought bedbugs (uuuggg - negative, then haymites (as I work with and ride horses).  There are spots on my arms that now bleed from sctatching so smuch.  I find the anti itch lotion to help somewhat.  My skin is get dry and blotchy from the constant scratching.  Have just seen these blogs about the itch being RA related.  Looking forward to more info.

    Thanks 

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    • jimbo
      September 30, 2015
      jimbo
      September 30, 2015
      Funny, I thought just as you did thinking bed bugs, then mites or fleas. We have no pets and no fleas. At times it plays with your mind and I begin to ask myself if I am fabricating the whole thing (in my mind). I have RA and my 15 year old daughter was also diagnosed with juvenile RA. We are both on metatrexate and hydroxichloriquine (plaquenil), folic acid, prilosec (for the stomach), and daughter on enbryl which seems to work. I was also on steroidal med which helped a lot but we were worrined about the bad side effects. Wish they could find a cure! The itching drive me nuts!!! READ MORE
    • jimbo
      September 30, 2015
      jimbo
      September 30, 2015
      Forgot to mention I was diagnosed with sjogren's syndrome too. What a mess! READ MORE
  • jimbo September 30, 2015
    jimbo
    September 30, 2015
    My wife is a nurse and she recommended goldbond max strength cream and it works! The powder also works, but sometimes. I have RA and crazy itch can be triggered by fabric softener (kind used in drier), some perfumy soap, sweat (I sweat a lot - back and underarms), stretching my back when I bend to dry feet after shower, hot shower, and me giving in to the need to scratch - it only gets much much worse and I can't satisfy the itch monster. READ MORE
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