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Old 12-19-2019, 07:45 AM
 
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if it starts at 5 or 6 in the morning, set your alarm for 4:30 or 5 and get up then instead. see if that makes a difference.

also check to see if it happens when you sleep in a different bed. or if it happens when you sleep on the couch or in a sleeping bag on a mat on the floor

when i have had severe itching, the thing that has helped best is running cold water. sit on the edge of the tub, turn on pure cold water and let it pour over your feet and ankles and calfs.

get the mildest blandest laundry detergent there is no scent no color no dye no extra added chemicals when you do your laundry, see if that helps.
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Old 12-19-2019, 10:16 AM
 
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It sounds like you have allergies. Benadryl and hydroxyzine work the best for itching, but the they last 4 hours. The itching will come back in the morning typically your antihistamine response turns off at night. You might want to try Zyrtec or Allegra as well. When I am super itchy, I use hydroxyzine or Benadryl on top of the longer acting antihistamines (one in the morning and one at night). I also find that lotions with AHA help a lot. You can try amlactin, eucerin intensive repair, or cerave sa.
I agree about CeraVe SA, it helps more than the hydrocortisone creams which can, over time result in thinning of skin. I went to a dermatologist for over two years with this and had every test in the book and like I said before I'm allergic to nickel, thiuram, methyl methacrylate, disperse yellow 3 and cobalt. I was referred to a rheumatologist and tested for autoimmune disorders, results were negative. The dermatologist had me taking four or five different anthihistamines, the combination made me feel sluggish and brain dead. They did a biopsy nothing there.

EDIT: Just out of curiosity after posting this I looked up cobalt as an allergen and found that if you are allergic to cobalt and take B12 it can cause an allergic skin reaction - I take B12 every day! I'm going to stop taking it and hope that maybe I've found the cause of this! https://www.annallergy.org/article/S...045-1/fulltext

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Old 12-19-2019, 10:22 AM
 
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OP, you could be in an itch/scratch cycle. You've been scratching, which just makes it worse.

Itch-Scratch Cycle. Itch evokes the behavior of scratching which increases inflammation and causes excitation of nerve fibers, leading to more itching and scratching.

If so, you need to break the cycle. I find that taking a hot bath (no soap) kills the itch temporarily. Then you need to refrain from scratching. Repeat as necessary.
I agree with this.

But try Eucerin Calming Cream. It’s excellent.
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Old 12-19-2019, 10:35 AM
 
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I have eczema and I itch like crazy at night. I was taking hydroxyzine (prescription drug related to benadryl) when I went to bed and it worked wonders but I read that antihistamine drugs cause alzheimers so I quit taking it. I've had extensive allergy testing and I'm only allergic to a few metals and red dye. About the only thing I do now is wear tight fitting jammies and keep my nails short but I still itch, I swear God hates me
I’ve taken antihistamines regularly for decades. I am 73, and do not have Alzheimer’s. If the antihistamines work, I’d go back and use them.

There is probably some sort of genetic component to Alzheimers that has yet to be discovered.

So far, the best defense against dementia seems to be getting good exercise regularly.
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Old 12-19-2019, 11:03 AM
 
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Did it just start lately?
Did you change bedding?
Is it same bedding?
Did you start using new soap?
How often is bedding laundered?
Did you change diet?



Bed mites may easily cause this. Always look at simple cause first.
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Old 12-19-2019, 11:29 AM
 
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Might you have bed bugs?
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Old 12-19-2019, 11:35 AM
 
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Did it just start lately?
Did you change bedding?
Is it same bedding?
Did you start using new soap?
How often is bedding laundered?
Did you change diet?



Bed mites may easily cause this. Always look at simple cause first.
If your kidneys are fine, then I would
second the possible bed mites: especially if you sweat easily-
get rid of your mattress and buy a new one, 100% latex is the best against mites( if you can’t afford a new one- get a zippered mattress cover- like for bedbugs type., but air out or dry out your old mattress first)

Use a good 100% cotton percale or linen bed sheets- wash it in a hot water, iron your sheets.
The same with your pajamas.
When you wake up- don’t make the bed right away- open windows, remove the blanket and let it air out/ dry out from your night body moisture?
See if it makes a difference: go easy on antihistamines- a lot of potential effects

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Old 12-19-2019, 02:24 PM
 
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I’ve taken antihistamines regularly for decades. I am 73, and do not have Alzheimer’s. If the antihistamines work, I’d go back and use them.

There is probably some sort of genetic component to Alzheimers that has yet to be discovered.

So far, the best defense against dementia seems to be getting good exercise regularly.
I'm 73 too but I sure as heck don't want to wake up and realize that I forgot my name.
https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/...k-201501287667
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Old 12-19-2019, 03:48 PM
 
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I had a similar issue. It could be fungus
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Old 12-19-2019, 04:33 PM
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Try hypoallergenic soap/laundry-detergent/etc. AND, of course, make absolutely sure you are not getting bitten by something.
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