No rash, just ITCH so bad on arms and neck
I joined Mayo Connect this morning because I'm desperate for discussing something many of you have been talking about; unexplained ITCHing without any sign of rash.
Mine started in February 2020. It started on my right forearm, stinging, harsh itching that would only start in the early evening and would continue during the night but not all night. My dermatologist was not too worried about it and ignored it after she took my blood and said I was reacting to Casein, the dairy allergy. But I had no rash or any other symptoms. She said to put some lotion on it!
I went to a kinesiologist who said I wasn't "allergic" to dairy and other food products like wheat but I was reacting to them. So she cleared me of those elements with her testing and I was to stay off those food items for two months and then could introduce myself to them slowly. After two months, I tried to re-introduce but the itch started back in fury. I then found a healer who uses reiki; she said it was "energy" related and (I know, for some of you, this is too much woo-woo stuff) and she would work with her guides and use reiki. THAT WAS AMAZING! It worked so well folks! I am not prone to believing in such holistic and energy-related practices but I am telling you it worked! That was in November 2021. Over the last six months I was fine. Then I started to take an anti-inflammatory med for a shoulder issue; Meloxicam 15 mg's and the ITCHing came back on the left arm instead of the right arm. I stopped that medication after three days and the ITCH got better but not great. The healer has been trying to work her magic on me but it has been frustrating this go-around with her reiki. I'm at a loss because now itching is starting early evening, into the night waking me up, and this morning I resorted to icing the arm for relief.
I have been reading about all of you experiencing ITCHING WITHOUT A RASH and I just had to write my story and see if I can get any discussion for this! I'm going to try moringa oil, as I heard that can help. I have also tried all the OTC stuff, including calamonine lotions and antihistamines but they merely work a day or two.
Thanks in advance for any type of suggestions. I'm 66 yrs old, in good shape and have no mental health issues. I take a statin (yeah I know but I've been on it for ten years) and a baby aspirin. Thanks again!
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Good evening @bart12mike, welcome to Connect. You've sure got it going. You did a good job of describing your "external itch" and your frustration with finding some kind of medication that will help you consistently. I feel like I already know you……because I have been on a hunt for such medication for at least 2 years. I have ended up in the ER for itching, and have passed out in the hallway from fumes called VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds).
I too have frequently used special ice packs for hands when nothing else was working. I have used almost every topical on the market……..including medical cannabis, steroid ointments, and a rather new OTC product called "Dermeleve" which works and can be purchased right online at http://www.dermeleve.com. My dermatologist actually brought it back for me from one of her annual conferences.
Then, last week one of my most desired lifetime wishes came true. The product Dupixent was recently approved by the FDA for atopic dermatitis. And that is my most frequent diagnosis. I have tried a special bath, shower, and laundry products. I wash all my clothes, bedding, and bath items in special laundry soap quite frequently. I live in Minnesota and am highly allergic to mosquitos. Wrong state for that one because I am also not allowed to use any bug sprays.
We took a week's family vacation with all the grandchildren up in the lake country and I had to stay inside the cabin all day.
So yesterday, I had my first two initial doses of Dupixent. So far, so good…..no nightime itching last night. And I hope to be free of tossing and turning again tonight. This product is in a loaded click pen which you inject into the top of your legs. And it is kept refrigerated.
One of the descriptions I gave this type of itch was that it appears to be internal……..do you also feel that way about your unexplained itching?
Do you have itching on your face……..in your scalp? Please ask questions that are still lingering with you. I will try to answer them based on what I have learned.
And I do know that other Connect members are using Dupixent and that is how we all learn from each other…..by sharing our experiences. What else can you share?
May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
I have been taking Beta Alanine for itch for the last 5+ years…750 mg every four hours as needed…it is a otc supplement typically use as a pre workout supplement…it kills the itch…I buy it on Amazon.
Some of us must have very overactive histaminic systems. I can be with friends and we can all get bitten by some little pest and I'll be the only person who still has the bite mark a week later. And will get a kind of full-body itching from that one bite, which can still itch a week later as well. I kind of hope it's a sign of a very strong immune system but find no evidence to support that wishful thinking…but it's good to read of the products you mentioned that can help which I'd not heard of before and should add to the anti-histamines that I carry at all times.
Have used Powders with menthol (Gold bond Foot power 1% strongest) Gives temporary relief from itiching!
Hi, I just wanted to answer a couple of questions that Chris had; no I do not have face itching. It is only on my outside of my elbow(s). In January it was the RIGHT elbow and now, after six months, it is my LEFT elbow. In the January bout my neck had some itching and tingling but not painful.
I'm going to try the Dermeleve that Chris suggested.
I did ask my healer to check in again and she is sending me reiki and today is the first day I have not had any itching at all. I'm cautiously optimistic because as I said, back in January, my healer worked her reiki magic and I was pain free and itch free for a long time. Thank you!
Update; I am using Dermeleve; started yesterday for first time. It seems to help but not as Chris said, for 6 hours. I understand that all of this is subjective to each individual so my result from using the cream is 2 to 3 hours. As for my update, my left arm itching has gotten a bit worse and I have been icing the area now during the day. That's not the usual.
Have you tried Beta Alanine?
No I haven't. Have you? It is a non essential amino acid and it can be used for strengthening, and I read that you shouldn't use it for more than 3 months at a time. I do worry about using something long-term and not knowing what it can do to me, other than stopping the ITCH. But if you have experience with it, please share.
Hi all, I have a similar itch condition, arms and legs, no rash…on a FB Group for this condition, someone discovered that their pre-workout supplement killed the itch…she isolated it to Beta Alanine, an OTC amino acid. It kills the itch for about 90% of us on this FB Group…I buy mine on Amazon. I use the NOW Brand…but any brand that says CarnoSyn Beta Alanine in the supplement Facts section is what to look for. I take 750 MG to prevent itch, up to 1500 mg to kill a bad itch. Maybe it will work for this condition too…There is one medical paper written be a pair of Stanford Dermatologist who tried it on a patient, it worked. The NIH now lists it as a treatment for itch relief. My condition is Aquagenic Pruritus…I also has itch associated with Mastosytosis,,,Beta Alanine works for both.
Oh dear @bart12mike, I am sorry the Dermeleve did not hang on for 6 hours. At least you got 2-3 hours. Ice always helps. That is always my last resort and a must for sleeping.