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Itchy scalp long term

Diabetes & Endocrine System | Last Active: Oct 12, 2018 | Replies (36)

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I feel for you with your itchiness. I've had it for 4 yrs now, and at times it's a torment. Mine started on the back of my scalp and above ears...crazy constant extreme itch. Also itchy rashes had spread over my body. After 10 continuous months of changing everything, and drs, I was sent to Mayo clinic for further tests. I had 6 skin biopsies.
I have Igg kappa MGUS, which may contribute. I use prescription creams, and take Allegra as needed. All this said, the only thing that gives relief to my scalp is, SCALPICIN EXTRA STRENGTH. Its found in most drug stores. I apply as needed. Believe me, I TRIED EVERYTHING!!
Hope this helps you...its awful, and keeps me awake at night too.

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Interesting that I also have MGus

I am so sorry you’ve experienced all of this discomfort for as long as you have! I’ve only had it for about five days and it’s driving me crazy! I am hoping the meds the doctor gave me yesterday will help. I hope you find relief for yours which is gone on much much too long. The best to you

@rascal1, you may also wish to join @dazlin and other members in the Blood Cancers & Disorders group in the MGUS discussions:

- MGUS https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mgus-2d464e/
- I have MGUS https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-have-mgus/

Can anyone help...I'm in full blown tormenting rashes, keeping me up all night. I'm taking everything dr prescribed, nothing is helping. I had my bloodwork done in June from my oncologist. Everything as far MGUS looks stable, but I had mild rashes, so they gave Fluconicide cream. Now I'm worse...im about to to get my wire bar b q brush out and rip my skin off. I called Mayo for a stronger cream, but they said I have to come in, since Dermatologists have not seen me for 1 1/2 yrs, and my Dr retired. I agreed, against my wishes ...been there, did biopsies, bloodwork and so on over the years. But I'm getting desperate this time. This all began 4 yrs ago, I've done everything from topicals, to internally, household, atmospheric, etc. It lets up, gets bearable, but not this time.
I would greatly appreciate any home remedies until I get further help. Mayo said scheduling would get in touch with me...so far, I have not heard back. Thanks for any advice...I need a nights sleep
Nope...benadryl does nothing!

Hello @dazlin -- Mayo Clinic lists some Lifestyle and Home Remedies for itchy skin/rashes here:

Itchy skin (pruritus)
-- https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/itchy-skin/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355010

Hopefully you will find some that works until you hear back.


@johnbishop , I liked the suggestions on that link you sent. Last night I tried a bit of peppermint essential oil with my cortisone cream...I got 2 straight hours of relief, then I put cold water on. Calmed down after an hour. I'll surely try some suggestions....thank you!!

My new neurologist recently prescribed hydroxyzine HCL 25 mg. Can take three time daily. It makes me very sleepy so I take it when I have severe itching attacks & it works. He told me I would have to play around with the dosage to see what works. I also take gabapentin and use a topical compounded cream that contains Lidocaine & gabapentin.