• 10 months ago

    Long Lasting Itch

    I itch like crazy all over. I have been itchy all over my body for months. Since about July. I first felt it start when I was home in the summer in New Jersey and it got worse when I moved to Los Angeles in August. Sometimes I break out in a rash, especially my arms. I also get random little bumps on my fingers. Sometimes they are fluid-filled. I have dark, red dry bumps all over my stomach. I went to an allergist and found that I'm allergic to a series of things, biggest being dust. But I've always been allergic to dust. Since I was little. But the itching only just now started. I was wondering if anyone might have any suggestions, any specialized doctors I should go to or tests I can try? Last night I got no sleep because of the itching and this is something that happens often. Every moment is uncomfortable and I just want to be rid of it. The dermatologist said I should go to the allergist so I'm guessing it's not eczema.

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  • 10 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    U may have bed bugs
  • 10 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    I have suffered in recent months from an intense itch on my face, neck and arms. Anti-itch cream doesn't work. Same problem.
  • 10 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    Have your liver tested. If the slightest is off, you will begin to itch all over. The itching is from bile building up in the body. Bile is what the liver produces. If the doctor says everything is fine, then look for NEW things you may have started using, like different laundry detergent/ softener, clothing, foods, soap, cologne, hair spray, etc.
  • 10 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    This may not be your issue, but I had that problem, and discovered I was allergic to Tide. I switched to another detergent, and was OK for years... but then I started using too much detergent when I bought a new HE washer and didn't understand I needed to reduce the amount of detergent per load. Once I did that, itching stopped. Try it, anyway...
  • 10 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    I had/have the same problem, it started with burning and blisters on my hands. So I started with the basics to determine what was going on. This has been going on since 2013, so I'll try to keep this short and precise I did the creams, I went to my primary ~creams and see a dermatologist ~ biopsies, more creams, gels, referred to ENT specialist ~ allergic to everything, including my dogs! I found out in 2012 I was type 1 diabetic ~ which, if not treated properly, there are a ton of issues that can cause thirst, eye sight issues, fatigue, additional peeing, etc, etc ~ and itching! Directed to specialist's in NYC and Boston, more skin grafts, gels, creams, topical. One issue they found was foculitist, a hair/skin infection, they have found bacterial issues due to autoimmune and parathyroid and hypothyroidism ~ so starting with burning in the hands to burns and blisters to complete breakouts that looked like pimples to eczema ~ completely covering my body, from head to toe. I have a tote of all the gels, creams, topicals, etc. I've had skin grafts, a slew of blood work, xrays, CAT Scans, MRI's, biopsies, I've also seen a Rheumatologist. Diagnosis? I've had them all, all of my symptoms mimic so many illnesses ~ they can see it, they just don't know ......so my saga continues .....and I try not to give up.....
  • 10 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    Sarna (over-the-counter at WalMart) worked for me.
  • 10 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    My mom had strange itching all over. Consider getting checked for lymphoma. Have you used round up
      • 10 months ago
        Don't shower or bathe in hot water, try bathing less often just wash at sink, use a oatmeal soak in warm water as often as possible until skin gets better always apply oil after washing. Wash as much of your laundry as you can with a couple of tspn. of bleach (add first and let tub fill with water) in HOT WATER including colored clothes. Hope this helps.
  • 10 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    Your hands and maybe feet with the small blisters that itch is dyshydrosis, stress related. Never cured forever, but controlled with cortisone . Expect it to reoccur. You may also be getting hives, as on your belly, and this can be stress related. Cortisone helps also but try Benadryl or Claritin, over the counter, regularly if needed . Sounds as if you under considerable stress; hang in there, solve the problems and allwill clear
  • 10 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    I had a similar problem on my arms. Dr. said it was because of a med i was taking. I have used Sarna Lotion and that helped also I use coconut oil mixed with a little peppermint oil and lavender oil. The oil seems to help mostly. And it is not greasy.
      • 10 months ago
        I want to thank everyone for your helpful ideas, I will try them all and talk with my doctor. I definitely don't have bedbugs. Will keep you posted.
      • 3 months ago
        I have had this issue and the only thing that worked to stop the itching was taking a dose of prednisolone (5mg). Perhaps your doctor can give you the script to stop the itching. I am still trying to find the cause. I have an appointment with an allergist and then a dermatologist. i hope they can help me because mine get so intense I want to scratch my skin off. Good luck to you!
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    Most of the time bedbugs bites heal within one to two weeks of appearing, depending on how sensitive one is for them. If the bed bug was not actually caught in the act, bites and reactions to bites should find other evidence such as blood spots, shed skins and bed bug eggs. You should also try to make these bite the last one, by getting in contact with professional pest control companies like Western Exterminator, http://www.eliminexpestcontrol.com , City pest control, etc., today for a free bed bug inspection.
    But, there are many other skin reactions can look very similar to bed bug bites. So, you should visit a dermatologist.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    Sounds like you’ve gotten a lot of good information. I will add though that Celiac Disease (another autoimmune disease) will also cause bumps, rash & blisters. Good luck - hope you can get some relief.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    I have seen a lot of good replies so far, but have not seen any mention of scabies (body lice). Some people are more reactive to them than others. You mentioned the bumps coming and going, specifically on your fingers. Normally you will only be affected from the neck down. I believe you mentioned a visit to the dermatologist but did not note what he checked for. I would definitely get checked for scabies if not already and they can be a real bugger, no pun intended, to get rid of at times.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    You might have a chemical sensitivity. Search on skin patch tests. (i.e., T.R.U.E. Test). Find a doctor who will give you this test.

    I had the symptoms you explained. I had this test and found I am allergic to a commonly used preservative used in many things (laundry soap, makeup, cleaning products, body lotions). Because I know what is causing the problems, I am able to buy products that don't contain it. Good luck.
      • 2 months ago
        Check the PH of your water.
        Most water companies don’t
        Use chlorine any more.
        They use the chemicals for
        Treating Swimming Pools.
        Which can make your skin
        React. You can get test strips at a Pool supply or hardware store.
        Good luck!
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    I would first start by eating organic and drinking filtered or spring water. Eliminate all fast foods and prepared products (anything edible with an expiration date that has gone into a plant and come out in a box, bag, can, bottle, etc.) from you diet.

    Next, get yourself some Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap (I say peppermint, but there are several veraties, google the benefits of peppermint). You can use it from head to toe as both a shampoo and body wash. It follows an ancient soap formula and so does not have the dangerous ingredients found in even the most expensive products today.

    Do this for at least a month. If you don't find any relief from this, consult a good general practitioner (alas, à good one is becoming somewhat hard to find) who can run allergy tests for you as well as tests to see if you have any vitamin or mineral deficiencies that need addressing. Good luck to you....
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Long Lasting Itch

    I have had the same problem about drove me crazy. I would get like blisters that itched then burn then turn to little sores that kept me scratching day and night especially on my chest. Doctors dermatologist no one knew what it was. I have had it several times now so I switched to the gold dial bar soap everyday so far so good