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Old 12-19-2019, 04:50 PM
 
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OP,

In addition to all the good suggestions about being allergic to something, where do you live and has the weather recently gotten cold and you have turned on the heat???

I have a problem with my skin when I turn on the heat when it gets cold. The air in my home gets very dry and I need to increase the humidity in the house.

Gold Bond Ultimate diabetics dry skin relief moisturizer helps relieve the itching. A small portable humidifier run in the bedroom for a few hours before I go to bed raises the humidity in the room.

So, the problem might be the change in humidity in your house due to turning on your heat this time of year.
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Old 12-19-2019, 05:02 PM
 
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Did your doctor check your liver? Itching all over is a red flag symptom of liver disease.
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Old 12-19-2019, 08:24 PM
 
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I wonder if your antihistamines aren't making the itching worse by drying out your skin?

Have you tried coconut oil as a moisturizer? That works better for me than lotion. A jar of that lasts longer than a bottle of lotion. Put it on after you shower. It's pretty light and doesn't feel greasy.

You might also try showering with cooler water. Hot water feels great,but dries out your skin.
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Old 12-20-2019, 06:17 AM
 
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Did your doctor check your liver? Itching all over is a red flag symptom of liver disease.
The OP said initially it’s not the liver or kidneys. The timing of the itching is more in line with an allergy since our antihistamine response goes off when we sleep.

To the OP that suggested coconut oil- I have tried that at the recommendation of a dermatologist, but then a dermatologist recommended lotions like Cerave with ceramides. I have been using those since with the AHAs thrown in. I have been to a few (probably 4-5) dermatologists over the years about the itching along with several allergists and have a condition called dermatographia. If you can scratch your skin and see the scratches right after, then you have it. I still wake up sometimes with itchy skin, but take a Zyrtec in the morning and Allegra at night. I only rarely have to take a hydroxyzine or benadryl if it gets really bad. That said, I lived in one city where it was unbearable with the allergies and my skin felt like it was on fire. Of course to get tested, you have to be off all medications, so it is like 3-5 days of wanting to rip your skin off.
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Old 12-20-2019, 06:23 AM
 
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Since we're taking stabs in the dark, Get scabies medicine and use it just in case. I got those in boot camp. They're hard to detect and torturous. Can't hurt to try.Be sure to wash your bedding, too.
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Old 12-20-2019, 08:06 AM
 
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The OP said initially it’s not the liver or kidneys. The timing of the itching is more in line with an allergy since our antihistamine response goes off when we sleep.

To the OP that suggested coconut oil- I have tried that at the recommendation of a dermatologist, but then a dermatologist recommended lotions like Cerave with ceramides. I have been using those since with the AHAs thrown in. I have been to a few (probably 4-5) dermatologists over the years about the itching along with several allergists and have a condition called dermatographia. If you can scratch your skin and see the scratches right after, then you have it. I still wake up sometimes with itchy skin, but take a Zyrtec in the morning and Allegra at night. I only rarely have to take a hydroxyzine or benadryl if it gets really bad. That said, I lived in one city where it was unbearable with the allergies and my skin felt like it was on fire. Of course to get tested, you have to be off all medications, so it is like 3-5 days of wanting to rip your skin off.
I have dermatographia too but I don't just itch in the morning either, I itch most of the time.
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Old 12-20-2019, 10:06 AM
 
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How are you kidneys functioning? Itching can be a sign of high phosphorous when the kidneys cannot remove it.
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Old 12-20-2019, 09:29 PM
 
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The OP said initially it’s not the liver or kidneys. The timing of the itching is more in line with an allergy since our antihistamine response goes off when we sleep.

To the OP that suggested coconut oil- I have tried that at the recommendation of a dermatologist, but then a dermatologist recommended lotions like Cerave with ceramides. I have been using those since with the AHAs thrown in. I have been to a few (probably 4-5) dermatologists over the years about the itching along with several allergists and have a condition called dermatographia. If you can scratch your skin and see the scratches right after, then you have it. I still wake up sometimes with itchy skin, but take a Zyrtec in the morning and Allegra at night. I only rarely have to take a hydroxyzine or benadryl if it gets really bad. That said, I lived in one city where it was unbearable with the allergies and my skin felt like it was on fire. Of course to get tested, you have to be off all medications, so it is like 3-5 days of wanting to rip your skin off.
OMG I know what that's like..
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Old Yesterday, 10:30 PM
 
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I tried Eurecin skin calming itching relief treatment but it didn’t help. I also stayed the night at my girlfriend recently. I didn’t itch as much there but I did itch though. I did carry my boxers t shirt and sweat pants when I stayed the night there.

I live in Nyc. The hydroxzine helps at night but makes me drowsy. I will try the cerave and coconut oil next and see if that helps.

Another thing I did have some scratches on my body. That’s how bad I was itching some mornings. I don’t have scratch marks but did before. I try not to scratch to hard now when the itching starts. Some mornings is not as bad as other mornings when it comes to the itching


I also tried both calamine lotion and calamine spray. Didn’t help at all

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Old Today, 04:54 AM
 
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Causes of pruritus (That's "itching" but I can charge more if I use the Latin term)-


-allergy- pretty unusual to itch and not have a rash too


-chemical irritation- dried soap or products not efficiently rinsed off of skin or laundry-- it gets re-dissolved in moisture as you sweat and irritates the skin


- bugs-- bed bugs, mites, scabies etc-- usually produce some sort of rash as evidence; others in household usually are also suffering


-Winter itch- warm, dry air from winter heating conditions; very common in older folks


- kidney or liver problems-- usually only in sever problems you already know about.


- blood problems-- of all sorts; simple CBC should point the doc in the right direction


-hi calcium levels- in hyperparathyroidism or various cancers.


etc etc


Unexplained, persistent pruritus can be a sentinel sign of occult carcinoma.
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