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Old 04-21-2011, 08:59 PM
 
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Default Face Itching

I can't take it anymore! I'm going insane!

My face has been inching for over a week!

I thought it was new makeup. I quit wearing makeup. It still itches.

I thought it was new shampoo. I quit using that shampoo. It still itches.

I thought it might be seasonal allergies. I took benedryl. I'm stoned now. It still itches.

It won't stop itching.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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Are you near menopause age? Hormonal changes can cause face itching.
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:01 PM
 
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new fabric softener? new laundry liquid? new bleach? anything that could touch your face (sheets, towels, clothes) could be the culprit.
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:59 PM
 
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You might even be experiencing a stress-related neural response. I have a chronic itch in this one little tiny spot on my cheek near my nose. If you look closely with a magnifying glass, you won't see anything different. It looks just like normal skin. There's no hair stuck in it, no bump, discoloration. But when I'm stressed, this little spot starts to itch. Doctor gave me a name for this thing, and explained that in layman's terms, it's just a very minor twitch in a nerve. He said there's nothing to do for it unless the itch causes me to scratch til it bleeds. Then, he'll have to deaden it with a laser or a hot needle, and that would likely leave a scar. No treatment, it comes and goes, and doesn't particularly bother me. It did when it first started happening though. I couldn't figure out why I was itching so badly and couldn't see a spider bite!
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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certain meds can cause it. Are you on any medication? (besides the Benadryl)
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:34 PM
 
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Maybe it's eczema? Are you getting red, scaly patches? Stress can play a big factor with skin issues.
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:36 PM
 
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Agree, those are the usual first questions. Do you have a rash? Been into poison ivy? Insect bites?

Maybe a dermatologist visit? Sounds like it is time, so you don't lose your mind . You could try hydrocortisone cream to your face and the Benadryl together for a few days....

Hope you feel better



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new fabric softener? new laundry liquid? new bleach? anything that could touch your face (sheets, towels, clothes) could be the culprit.
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:34 PM
 
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It's also worth noting that it could be any of the topical things you listed (the makeup, the shampoo), and it's just taking your skin a little while to stop being annoyed after you stopped applying it. That happened once when my mom recommended a new lotion. I tried it just one time and immediately my legs broke out all red and itching. It was terrible. I washed it off, applied hydrocortisone, took benadryl, the whole thing. It still took a few weeks for it to go away entirely.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:46 PM
 
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Default My guess is an allergic reaction

If your skin is pink or red (kind of like a sunburn), it could also be rosacea. I've got rosacea, and certain makeup, windy days or too much sun aggravate it. Several years ago, I also started itching all over... changed laundry detergent, washed sheets and towels in plain water (to get rid of any possible traces of soap), changed moisturizer, and still could not figure it out because I had no rash. Doctor wasn't much help, either. Basically gave me a shoulder shrug.

The more I thought about it, the worse it got! I forget how it finally resolved itself, but it took at least a couple of weeks of carrying a tube of Benadryl around for the worst flare-ups. I've found that the less I do to my skin, the better it looks and feels. It's the hardest thing to do, but try not to dwell on it!

Hope you get relief soon!
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:31 AM
 
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It could also be neurological. I used to get a lot of itches and tingling sensations in my face when I had fibro. I think it was a side effect of Lyrica. Then again Lyrica gave me so many side effects I don't know what was the fibro and what was just the Lyrica.
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