Q: Please help me solve my mystery skin problem!
I am desperate for answers!
I have been "itchy " for the longest time - years... Sometimes I get a small rash with blotchy pink dots but most of the time I just itch- on my arms, legs, back, stomach, ears, neck, chest .... Everywhere! Once a spot itches it is almost impossible for me to control my scratching until the skin breaks - and then it is still itchy! I am embarrassed by the way in look because I always have many small wounds and sores - I frequently bleed because I scratch too hard and it is just gross. My GP told me it was dry skin - I have tried everything to moisturize - I also use over the counter creams like hydrocortisone. I recently went to n allergist who showed me how to remove common allergens from my daily life - I don't use any thing with dyes or stuff line that. I doesn't seem to help. He suggested it might be an OCD thing and gave me hydroxizine (sp?) - which knocks me out. I really don't think it is a mental thing because I do it all the time - not just in stressful situations.... I have researched online and I can't find anything or anyone who can help or has similar symptoms ( except for animals with illnesses like mange....,) if I am allergic to something how will I figure that out. I have already done a basic scratch test..... If you have any
suggestions please let me know! I could really use some help! Thanks D's Mom
Do you have hives? Is it in any way related to what you are eating? A food allergy perhaps?
One other possibility that comes to mind is pruritis. This can be a sensation of itching for no apparent reason...and sometimes it is caused by some type of nerve damage. It could have a neurological cause.
Here is more about pruritus and some of the causes. People who have neuropathy can have this intense itching. Medication such as Amitriptyline can help.
This is just one possibility. Keep being persistent with your doctors to get some answers.
Sorry you are going through this. Thank you for your question.
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