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From: Bama
Date: 12-02-2006, 02:40 PM (1 of 13)
This is driving me crazy. :mad: For the past couple of days I have been itchy. Not all the time, but when it happens it drives me crazy. Sometimes on one arm, hand, or both. Sometimes legs. Sometimes one foot. I don't see any rash or redness. I don't think it's just dry skin. I've been using Aveeno lotion for itchy skin and it's not helping much.
This happened one time before when I had an allergic reaction, but that time I had a red splotchy rash. Now there's nothing there.
I can't think of anything I've eaten that is different than usual. The only thing different around here is that Christmas decorations are out. We have an artificial tree tho. I did make a fresh greenery wreath for the front door last weekend, but I've stayed away from it to see if that might be causing it. I'm still itching.
Any ideas? I'm thinking of running to the Pharmacy for Benadryl so I can sleep tonight.
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From: Debby215
Date: 12-02-2006, 04:00 PM (2 of 13)
Hey Bama, benadryl sounds like the best course of action. It helped me tremendously when I had poison ivy this summer, until I needed to get the prednisone...Good luck.
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From: esrun3
Date: 12-02-2006, 05:52 PM (3 of 13)
I'd go for the benadryl too. You can also purchase benadryl cream but do NOT use the pill and the cream together-you don't want to use too much and the cream does soak in. If you have a particularly itchy spot try some hydrocoritsone cream. I'd head for the benadryl pill first off though. Hope you're doing better soon!
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From: Sancin
Date: 12-02-2006, 06:36 PM (4 of 13)
Bama - rashes and reddness don't always show up unless the skin is irritated by scratching and releases histamine at the site - thus antihistamine cream on rashes helps. Oral antihistamine should probably help the overall itch if it is an allergic reaction. I, for some reason, last spring developed hives (which move, as you describe). Quite an experience as I don't think I have had anything like it since I was a child. Nothing seemed to indicate a reason or cause and my doctor put me on several days of cortisone tablets when the benydryl didn't seem to work. Nothing since and cleared right up.
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 12-02-2006, 09:57 PM (5 of 13)
I eat Benadryl like candy helps though.
Benadryl also has a 'stick' that puts meds right on the skin. (looks likes a bingo marker.)
Theres something new for hives and I can't remember the name (over 50 brain fart). It's an over the counter
allergy med that just went OTC. Starts with a -C- (blue box. You can get the allery meds OR the one for hives.
( I like the one for WORKS)

I can't use Aveeno anything says hypo-allergenic, but it's not. If you read the ingredients they have a lot of 'natural' things in it, that might cause an allergice reaction. (aloe, flowers of different kinds, etc)
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 12-05-2006, 06:39 PM (6 of 13)
I have excema or something similar on one leg and sometimes the itch drives me almost crazy.. (or crazier ??) A friend gave me a sample size tube of that CUREL Cream.. Boy,,, one application and no more itching for 24 or more hours... NO LIE ! ! ! Try it , it is amazing.. I have dry skin anyway and in the winter its 10 times worse, but this Curel is the greatest stuff ever...At least for me , it is.. Try it..
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From: woodywoodpecker
Date: 12-06-2006, 11:45 AM (7 of 13)
Are you on any medication for arthristis? (spelling) I got hives from my meds and the sun and it was extremely itchy.
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From: cowqueenie
Date: 12-06-2006, 02:52 PM (8 of 13)
Hi :)
Just a note about the benedryl, yeah it works!! I have had that "itch" before and of course it was on my back. Hard place to reach.

To avoid the itch from happening tho, I use this lotion I found at our state fair about 4 or 5 years ago and since I was diabetic then I had VERY dry skin and had probs with itching and yucky skin on feet. The lotion is from New Zealand but a lady in Phoenix is a distributor. Her name is Judy and she is great! They only sell it online/phone or at fairs or convention like things. It is called Merino and has lanolin in it. Phone 1-888-663-7466 and web site is I use a lot of their products including the face cream (SPF 30).

Good luck with the itch. I still get it if I don't lotion up! :)
"A trip to the fabric store is my therapy"
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From: MaryW
Date: 12-07-2006, 11:24 AM (9 of 13)
Curel does absolutely nothing for me and I aloe bothers me. I shower with olive oil soap and use almost any sort of lotion. Everyone is different. Winter is the very worst.
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 12-07-2006, 04:40 PM (10 of 13)
I use Basis soap. ( for sensitive skin ) and Keri (fragrance free) lotion. (no lanolin, aloe, flowers, herbs, spices...etc:bg: )
User: Chrysantha
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From: PaulineG
Date: 12-07-2006, 09:31 PM (11 of 13)
My 8 yo has very bad eczema if she uses the wrong products but none at all (or very little) if she washes her body with sorbolene (heaps cheaper than the soap free washes as well) and I wash her clothing etc. in a sensitive skin washing detergent.

It's always worth trying a new washing detergent or soap even if you haven't been allergic before. They change ingredients from time to time.

Good luck.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
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From: Bama
Date: 12-11-2006, 07:34 PM (12 of 13)
My itching has gotten better. The Benadryl helped. I think it must have been an allergy to something. I've been using lotion religiously tho, just in case. :nervous:
User: Bama
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From: nativetexan
Date: 12-14-2006, 03:17 PM (13 of 13)
well, i break out from decorating a live tree. so i now have a fake one.
but also, do you use regular washing detergent or do you use the ones without fragrance or dyes? When i moved to Colorado i broke out in welts from my detergent. I didn't know at the time, nor did my Doctor. figured it out on my own of course. i thought i had ants in my clothing, i itched so much.
a year later i drug out a pair of jeans i hadn't worn and tried them on, broke out in welts again. they had been washed in my old style detergent. good luck.
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