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Body itching

Posted by @specialteacher, Tue, Jul 31 8:35pm

I’ve had almost unbearable itching for over 3 months. Was prescribed hydroxyzine, but it doesn’t seem to help. It started when I was in the ER having a very frightening allergic reaction. I was given an epinephrine iv, and a breathing treatment. My legs started to shake uncontrollably. Then I couldn’t breathe, was given an injection of something at that point. I’m taking benadryl and paxil but don’t know how much longer I can deal with this.

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I know how you feel. I have asthma allergies and eczema/atopic dermatitis (often unbearable itching). The only advice i can give you is to NOT TAKE PREDNISONE for your breathing….it has horrible side effects (being that it is a steroid), it might help your bresthing for a while but gettong off of it makes your skin go nuts!!

Hello @specialteacher — Welcome to Connect. I'm sure it must be frustrating not being able to find anything that helps. I did find some information on Mayo Clinic's website that may be helpful. It has some treatments, as well as some home remedies.

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

Have you seen any skin specialists or have your doctors come up with a diagnosis for an underlying problem?

John

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Are there any rashes? I was just tested for lymphoma for the same.

Have there been any tests done for kidney function issues? As a kidney disease patient, phosphorous and potassium levels can ply into itching issues for me. Spontaneous episodes of uncontrollable "oh, my goodness, I gotta scratch that area right now!" will often disrupt my day. Alleviated by cool showers, lots of moisturizers, monitoring those levels. Hope this helps.

@specialteacher I thought some more about your itching issue. Has there been any change in your laundry soap recently? Any change in water [i.e. moving to a different location, or taking a trip that exposed you to something disagreeable]? Sometimes a simply change can play havoc with a sensitive system, even if it is temporary. Even if you take specific meds, if there was a change in the manufacturer of those meds, it might trigger a reaction. Please let us know what happens. We care.

Well my itching started about the same time as my diagnosis of RA. BUT, prior to that time, my husband and I had made a trip to Las Vegas. OH my, one night and I got up the next morning and I was covered with bites. I must have really been out of it to not feel the bites. That was my last stay over in Vegas. This was a good hotel. Then years later we traveled to somewhere in which we had to get a hotel room. This one was worse. We got it on first floor as I have a wee little Yorkie. (no she did not have flees). We got into bed, turned off the lights and I started to itch. Evidently, these things do not like my husband. Turned light on and our wall was covered with bed bugs. You cannot imagine how sick I was. Now I am a fanatic. No hotels if at all possible. When we were in Germany, we were told not to stay at the hotels next to the rail stations. People from all over the world, bring their bugs with them. Now at home, I change my sheets at least every third day. I vacuum the mattress to get anything that might be on there off and into the trash. I also vacuum alongside the mattress and on the frame. I know it sounds like I am going overboard, but if you could have seen that wall in the motel room. It was a nightmare. I would not bring the suitcases in the house when we returned home. Everything got washed and back seat and trunk were sprayed for bugs. Never had a problem since. SO the itching is my RA not the previous experiences. NOTE: When ever you go to a hotel or motel, pull the mattress away from lower frame. If it is dirty, get out of that room and call the front desk to have the staff clean it throughly.

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Well my itching started about the same time as my diagnosis of RA. BUT, prior to that time, my husband and I had made a trip to Las Vegas. OH my, one night and I got up the next morning and I was covered with bites. I must have really been out of it to not feel the bites. That was my last stay over in Vegas. This was a good hotel. Then years later we traveled to somewhere in which we had to get a hotel room. This one was worse. We got it on first floor as I have a wee little Yorkie. (no she did not have flees). We got into bed, turned off the lights and I started to itch. Evidently, these things do not like my husband. Turned light on and our wall was covered with bed bugs. You cannot imagine how sick I was. Now I am a fanatic. No hotels if at all possible. When we were in Germany, we were told not to stay at the hotels next to the rail stations. People from all over the world, bring their bugs with them. Now at home, I change my sheets at least every third day. I vacuum the mattress to get anything that might be on there off and into the trash. I also vacuum alongside the mattress and on the frame. I know it sounds like I am going overboard, but if you could have seen that wall in the motel room. It was a nightmare. I would not bring the suitcases in the house when we returned home. Everything got washed and back seat and trunk were sprayed for bugs. Never had a problem since. SO the itching is my RA not the previous experiences. NOTE: When ever you go to a hotel or motel, pull the mattress away from lower frame. If it is dirty, get out of that room and call the front desk to have the staff clean it throughly.

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@oregongirl yes bedbugs are a big problem in hotels you can bring them home in suitcases on clothes ,we had a problem here but stupid people where bringing items in people through out in the trash We are bedbug free right now but it was bad for awhile ,one thing the professionas used was heat treatment temp has to be over 120 degrees to kill them and their eggs .

@oregongirl

Well my itching started about the same time as my diagnosis of RA. BUT, prior to that time, my husband and I had made a trip to Las Vegas. OH my, one night and I got up the next morning and I was covered with bites. I must have really been out of it to not feel the bites. That was my last stay over in Vegas. This was a good hotel. Then years later we traveled to somewhere in which we had to get a hotel room. This one was worse. We got it on first floor as I have a wee little Yorkie. (no she did not have flees). We got into bed, turned off the lights and I started to itch. Evidently, these things do not like my husband. Turned light on and our wall was covered with bed bugs. You cannot imagine how sick I was. Now I am a fanatic. No hotels if at all possible. When we were in Germany, we were told not to stay at the hotels next to the rail stations. People from all over the world, bring their bugs with them. Now at home, I change my sheets at least every third day. I vacuum the mattress to get anything that might be on there off and into the trash. I also vacuum alongside the mattress and on the frame. I know it sounds like I am going overboard, but if you could have seen that wall in the motel room. It was a nightmare. I would not bring the suitcases in the house when we returned home. Everything got washed and back seat and trunk were sprayed for bugs. Never had a problem since. SO the itching is my RA not the previous experiences. NOTE: When ever you go to a hotel or motel, pull the mattress away from lower frame. If it is dirty, get out of that room and call the front desk to have the staff clean it throughly.

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I never want to go thru that again. Now I pd good money for mattress cover covers entire mattress. Warrented to protect again bugs.flees spilled drinks
.. whlole thing. Sorry not feeling well tonight. Went 4 shots in my neck only to find out the drug people require pain mgr to give you 4 hours relief twice before using a steroid. I am worse tonight than before I got to Dr. One more trial run before they treat. Who comes up with these rules? Wait two weeks before I get the real pain killer.

@oregongirl Im sorry ,thats how I felt last time took me 4-5 days to get over it ,my pain Dr gave me 4shots but never said anything about getting approval free m drug people ,get out of Texas co me to California or Oregon . ,Its ridicules what we have to endure ,Golden years right! Only this ng golden is our URINE.

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@oregongirl

Well my itching started about the same time as my diagnosis of RA. BUT, prior to that time, my husband and I had made a trip to Las Vegas. OH my, one night and I got up the next morning and I was covered with bites. I must have really been out of it to not feel the bites. That was my last stay over in Vegas. This was a good hotel. Then years later we traveled to somewhere in which we had to get a hotel room. This one was worse. We got it on first floor as I have a wee little Yorkie. (no she did not have flees). We got into bed, turned off the lights and I started to itch. Evidently, these things do not like my husband. Turned light on and our wall was covered with bed bugs. You cannot imagine how sick I was. Now I am a fanatic. No hotels if at all possible. When we were in Germany, we were told not to stay at the hotels next to the rail stations. People from all over the world, bring their bugs with them. Now at home, I change my sheets at least every third day. I vacuum the mattress to get anything that might be on there off and into the trash. I also vacuum alongside the mattress and on the frame. I know it sounds like I am going overboard, but if you could have seen that wall in the motel room. It was a nightmare. I would not bring the suitcases in the house when we returned home. Everything got washed and back seat and trunk were sprayed for bugs. Never had a problem since. SO the itching is my RA not the previous experiences. NOTE: When ever you go to a hotel or motel, pull the mattress away from lower frame. If it is dirty, get out of that room and call the front desk to have the staff clean it throughly.

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@oregongirl – you know, my husband has eczema – terribly. It began about 10 years ago when drs treated him with ivermectin and permethrin for what they thought was bedbugs. Those drugs were followed by steroids and the last decade has been HELL!!!! We never go anywhere anymore. Several years ago our granddaughter had some serious surgery, so we stayed in a hotel across street from hospital and I carried in our bedding into the hotel in a huge sack so he did not have to sleep on/in any hotel linens. Truly, it only takes once to turn you into a fanatic!!!!

I know,,,It only takes on visit to take the little guys home with you. I went to LA to meet up with my kids. I stayed at a hotel that appeared to be very clean. When I got to the room, I saw a spot on the bedspread. I called housekeeping an stayed with them as they changed the bedding. People think I am nuts when I pull the mattress away from the frame. If there is dirt there, they can have their room back. I will sleep in the car. My room was spotless before they left.

@oregongirl

I know,,,It only takes on visit to take the little guys home with you. I went to LA to meet up with my kids. I stayed at a hotel that appeared to be very clean. When I got to the room, I saw a spot on the bedspread. I called housekeeping an stayed with them as they changed the bedding. People think I am nuts when I pull the mattress away from the frame. If there is dirt there, they can have their room back. I will sleep in the car. My room was spotless before they left.

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@oregongirl good for you after being bit that way Id be super careful also

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I know how you feel. I have asthma allergies and eczema/atopic dermatitis (often unbearable itching). The only advice i can give you is to NOT TAKE PREDNISONE for your breathing….it has horrible side effects (being that it is a steroid), it might help your bresthing for a while but gettong off of it makes your skin go nuts!!

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Cutting back on the prednisone gradually could help the withdrawal reactions. I have found that dermatologists don't really know much about their field (it has so many variables.) Have you checked the side effects of all of the meds and supplements that you take? Often one of those is the culprit.

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@specialteacher I thought some more about your itching issue. Has there been any change in your laundry soap recently? Any change in water [i.e. moving to a different location, or taking a trip that exposed you to something disagreeable]? Sometimes a simply change can play havoc with a sensitive system, even if it is temporary. Even if you take specific meds, if there was a change in the manufacturer of those meds, it might trigger a reaction. Please let us know what happens. We care.

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I found years ago that Ivory detergents made me itch and washing clothes in that soap simply spread the itching. As for medications, generic meds are supposed to be the same but often have different additives depending on the manufacturer; a change in color is a tip-off for that and your pharmacist is knowledgeable about this problem.

I've gotten these rashes before. I was seen at Mayo clinic. Had blood work, and biopsies done since 2014. I usually see my dermatologist once a year, or longer if I can. So this time it's mainly on my back. Large red itchy patch over both kidney areas, red bumps on entire back stomach, and chest. Looks like measles?? Few on my arms and legs. Strangely, the arches, and ankles of my feet go wildly itchy during the night too. I called mayo, but they said my dr retired, and pushed me off until November , with a new dr who recently came on board . I went to my local physician, and only was able to see a nurse (they said dr booked up).
After looking at me, dr came in for a quick peek. They dont know what's causing it. They put on Hydroxyzine 3x day, said continue all my home care, cortisone prescription cream, baths etc. Nothing helps. The medicine does knock me out, but I wake up needing to push up my next dose. I'm miserably itchy and exhausted. The bumps burn a bit, and I have chills. No fever. Getting depressed. Been severe for over 2 weeks. Going on 3 weeks now. I need to see a dr at mayo clinic ASAP…they have all my records and I am an MGUS patient in oncology. I called them too…they said it's not related, to see the dermatologist. I cannot wait till November. I'm wondering if mayo in Florida has an E.R…maybe go there??

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