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Old 05-30-2012, 03:49 PM
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This is a strange one.

I work in a typical office, when I get home from work, I change into other clothes for bed. As soon as I take my clothes off, a part of my body starts itching madly. Usually the tops of my feet.

If I scratch the itch, it will spread up my legs and all over my body. I end up with hives over at least half of my body.

I usually take two benadryl as directed by my doctor and it goes away. This mad itching happens about once a week.

I have removed all kinds of things from my diet, changed to sensitive skin detergent for laundry.

I have seen a doctor who told me just to take benadryl. I have seen a dermatogist who told me to take benadryl, and gave me two products for foliculitus on the back of my head (unrelated problem).

The strange thing about the itching, is it ONLY happens when I come home from working. If I am away from work, I never have the itch.

I was out of town a month ago for two weeks, and never had the itch either.
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Maybe there is something at your workplace that makes you itch. Do they have carpeting and if so how often do they have it professionally cleaned? Maybe there is a chemical in the air. Has anyone else at your job experienced this? You are allergic to something. Go see an allergist and have a scratch test done to see what you are allergic too and tell them about your workplace.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:03 PM
 
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OMG! I thought I was the only one who ever had this!

This happened to me 25 years ago. All of a sudden one day, when I came home from work and took off my clothes, I began itching all over my body. It was enough to drive me crazy. And it happened every day after that. When I came home from work and disrobed, I'd start itching madly and get welts where I'd scratched. It would go on for an hour or so and then go away, regardless of whether I took a Benadryl or not.

I changed my laundry soap several times. Bought new clothes. Eliminated a lot of foods from my diet. Nothing helped. I dont wear nail polish. I didnt use any new kind of makeup, shampoo, hand soap or anything else at work or at home.

I never had any allergies or allergy-related issues. I never itched at any other time. If I came home and didnt take my clothes off right away, I didnt itch. It was as if the very act of removing my clothes triggered something in my skin.

I should have gone to a doctor but didnt have the money then. And, after a year, it just stopped happening. I didnt change anything. I still had the same job -- they didnt change anything about the offices. i didnt change anything about my house or car. My a/c system was serviced regularly, as always, and they never found anything wrong.

As I said, that was 25 years ago and, once it stopped happening, I never had another episode.

I told a couple of people about it at the time but I dont think anyone really took me seriously. So I stopped saying anything about it. But, when I read your post, it was like deja vu (all over again). If you ever find out what's causing your itching, please, please, please let me know.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:24 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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texas, that almost sounds like some kind of virus or fungal infection that healed on its own which would be why it went away. That is weird. I got on this thread b/c I have something similar, but totally different--when I get out of the shower in the morning, sometimes I'll get the prickles all over my legs, but it has nothing to do with hives. They'll drive me crazy for about 20 minutes and then go away and nothing I do helps.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:04 PM
 
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stepka, wouldnt a fungus or a virus manifest itself in other ways too? Wouldnt I have been able to see a fungus? Maybe it was a weird virus. In those days we didnt have the internet and I never really thought to research it now since the problem was so long ago. I think I'll make friends with google again tomorrow and see what I can find. Thanks!
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:23 PM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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texas, that almost sounds like some kind of virus or fungal infection that healed on its own which would be why it went away. That is weird. I got on this thread b/c I have something similar, but totally different--when I get out of the shower in the morning, sometimes I'll get the prickles all over my legs, but it has nothing to do with hives. They'll drive me crazy for about 20 minutes and then go away and nothing I do helps.
If I remember correctly, that can be a symptom of iron overload - your body may over-accumulate iron because of a small genetic effect or other causes. It's a good thing to have checked out, as it can increase the risk of heart attacks, liver failure, and other problems. Another symptom is slight bronzing of the skin if you are Caucasian.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:46 PM
 
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If I remember correctly, that can be a symptom of iron overload - your body may over-accumulate iron because of a small genetic effect or other causes. It's a good thing to have checked out, as it can increase the risk of heart attacks, liver failure, and other problems. Another symptom is slight bronzing of the skin if you are Caucasian.
Funny you mention that b/c I have trouble keeping my iron levels up--always having to take iron pills but last I had it checked it was normal and that was only about 4 months ago. Also my skin is that same lovely shade of fishbelly white that I've grown so used to.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:50 PM
 
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Woof, I'll look into the symptoms of iron overload. I've had many blood tests since then and there was nothing wrong with my iron levels -- but, in those days, I couldnt afford any medical care so maybe I did have that problem. I felt fine and didnt have any skin coloring -- my skin is whiter than stepka's. It seemed so strange, though, that it manifested only when I removed my clothes after work.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:41 PM
 
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Oh, I didn't mean that for you, texas. The symptom is only itching after showers, not any other kind, and heck I might be remembering it wrong. It's been a while since I read that.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:49 PM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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OK, good ol' google:
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Itching after showers or baths (post-bath pruritus) can also be seen in patients with polycythemia vera for unclear reasons.
Polycythemia is too many red blood cells. Polycythemia (High Red Blood Cell Count) Symptoms, Causes, Treatment - What are the risk factors for polycythemia? on MedicineNet
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