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terrible itching. doctors have no clue.
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christy123092 posted:
For about 6 months I have had this awful itching. Visually it looks different. One day it's bumps, sometimes splotchy, a lot of times, there's nothing there. It is terrible. I've had family accuse me of being on drugs because it's so persistent and nobody can tell me what's going on. I can't sleep and I'm getting so upset I just want it to stop. I've tried steroid creams, antibiotic ointments, sarna lotion, oatmeal baths, benadrl. It doesn't stop! I use a lot of cold compresses but it's my whole body itching and If there is relief, it's very brief. I've seen a couple doctors but nobody can figure it out. Any insight would be great!
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Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
Dear Christy,

That is so frustrating - itching is worse than pain in affecting one's quality of life.

A few things:

-have you seen a dermatologist for a skin biopsy / blood work?
-have you tried wet wraps? Wet wraps are reported to help the most intractable itching and are very safe. Apply vaseline or steroid ointment to the skin, put on WET cotton pajamas (wet but not soaking) then put dry pajamas on top and sleep. This can help many people!

Please keep me posted.

I hope this advise helps
Dr. Mohiba Tareen
Tareen Dermatology, Roseville, Minn
Castle Connoly's America's Top Cosmetic Dermatologists
Adjunct Assistant Professor Univ of MN Dept of Dermatology
www.TareenDermatology.com