. I have no rash and no interactions w/medications/vitamins I take (have taken the same for approx 1 yr). This started 4 - 6 wks ago (no dry skin or sun damage). So far, I have tried Cortizone-10, Lamisil, Tinactin, Benedryl cream, Medline Skin Repair cream, Cetaphil, even Selsun Blue (known to clear up skin rashes when nothing else has(it's true, I've seen it)). To date I have had no change or relief. It has kept me awake at night which is extremely frustrating. I've even scratched my arms with a hairbrush (it was so itchy it was the only thing I could think of). Has anyone out there suffered with the same? Is there an OTC cream that works? I can go to my GP but my hours/days of research has shown that docs really don't know the answer and blame "stress". I have been through that before only to find sometime later that I did have something medical and was quickly treated and resolved, that was a bad experience and I don't want to go through that again... that in itself is very stressful! I am under no stress. I have not changed laundry soap, bath soap, perfume, lotions or eating habits. This came on sudden and has NOT gone away. If anyone has had these symptoms, any thoughts you may have is greatly appreciated! (FYI, I am a healthy, 49 yr old female, athletic w/healthy eating) Thank you
Have you tried taking an anti histamine for the itch? I can't for the life of me think of something that would only effect your forearms. It sounds like it should be something of a contact nature rather then systemic because its only on your forearms.
my boyfriend is experiencing this too. it started on one arm, went away, now is on the other. looking on the internet i ran across several sights that say it can be a pinched nerve in the neck. i believe he has that so im sending him to the chiropractor asap. good luck. there is a doctor on youtube explaining this. its called Brachioradial Pruritus.
It's driving me crazy!!! I can be sitting at my desk at work and its starts. No warning no triggers. Tonight at cinema I had to leave to get outside to try cooling it down. I can't stop it from starting but I can stop it. Anti histamine immediately.thick coating of sudacream til my arms are literally thick with the stuff. And wait. Relief within around 30 mins. Still painfully prickly but enough relief to stop scratching.let me know how it goes.
I ám 63 and this started 6 months ago on
my right forearm only. I THOUGHT IT WAS àn allergic reaction to tomatoes
I was eating more so than normal. I have tried anti itch creams with no luck.Was hopine to find some thing on this site to
I know it has been a long time since this question was asked. I have had this problem on and off for about 8 years. I am currently up at 4 in the morning with an ice pack on my arm. For me... it is never both forearms. It is always my right forearm and it is almost always itching and burning at late night hours. It is very annoying. Ice packs always work for me.I rub them gently up and down my right forearm until it is numb and it goes away. I have also used very cold water when i dont have access to ice packs. I have come to this site and read articles about this problem and multiple places online. I am just glad I am not crazy. For a while I thought I was.
This has been happening to me as well, and it is driving me CRAZY! I have tried everything that I can think of.
My itchy forearms started when i began taking niacin, and was part of the niacin flush. gradually, my forearms were more or less itchy all the time, but worse during the niacin flush. i'm really surprised to see on this forum that so many people have itchy forums too.
I have had this condition for over 10 years. The 1st 4 years were the worst as no doctor was able to diagnose me and one even told me it was all in my head. It was ruining my life and my relationship! I finally got sent to a specialist who told me it was invisible hives. While still confusing as only my arms itched, the meds he gave me worked and for 7 years I rarely had a flareup. After 7 years though, my research had me discover that the meds I had been taking (antihistamine) causes memory loss, so I went off and have been working with my naturopath on eliminating foods that I am sensitive to. Now a year later it is back with a vengeance. I have tried otc antihistamines, hydrocortisone's, and icepacks, yet nothing has worked. So I've gone back on the Rx antihistamines and am hoping they start working again soon. Anyway, hopefully it can give you some relief too. 25mg Hydroxyzine (aka atarax) 1-2 per day.
I also see that there is a name for this now (Brachioradial Pruritus), but I haven't really found that anything they suggest helps.
About 8 months ago my right forearm from forefinger to elbow stArted itching like crazy for no reason. At the time I thought it might be attributed to an allergic reaction from eating an excessive amount of tomatoes as garden food had started coming in. I stopped seating tomatoes but itching continued. I tried cortisone creams and no help. My daughter a nurse practioner suggested I try rubbing Vaseline on it. I had some petroleum jelly available so I tried that and it's been about 2 months and it works really well. If I go for Awhile without using it the itch starts back. I put more jelly on it and in a day or so I'm fine again. I hope this will be helpful to you as well.
Try rubbing itching Area with petroleum jelly. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Repeat as needed.
l had this problem start after coming back from Spain and it drove me crazy to the point l was using a comb to try to satisfy the itch and sometimes drawing blood. As some people have said ice helps as the brain can only receive one message from the arm at a time but within minuites after removing the ice it re-appeared
.At the moment l (after searching the web for hours )l have put mine down to liquid soap ( the ph value is stripping the good bacteria off the skin thus allowing bad bacteria to attack it.
l read on a forum that one sufferer sugested to wash with Caress soap and he got relief , l thought it must be rubbish but had nothing to loose. Couldn't find Caress so went online to read up on " soaps " only to be amazed of what is in most soaps.
Now after checking out the ph value of soaps l found that " Dove " is one of the best with a ph of 6.(your body is apparently between 4.5 to 5.5 ) and the one l was using was 9.
SO FAR although only on day 4 the itching is subsiding and l am no longer using E45 itch cream . Nothing other than Dove soap and it seems my natural ph is returning to normal.
This may NOT work for you but it has for me and it is worth a trh for the cost of a bar of soap.
All the best.
I have this too from my wrist to my elbow. It drives me crazy sometimes. It's only been a couple of weeks. At first I thought it was mosquito bites then I thought sunburn, but now I realize it's none of those. I can't believe how much it itches!
Had another sleepless night a couple nights ago - my itchy arms at night were hell. Went on a mission to find a remedy and came across Carol Priest's 'Blue Chamomile Skin Salve. This stuff is AMAZING. The relief was virtually instantaneous and last night I had the best sleep I've had in ages. Even a 0.1% Mometasone prescription from the pharmacy had little effect. FYI, I am a 54 year old male with a healthy lifestyle and eating habits. I'm now a definite fan of Carol Priest's genuinely natural organic skin care products. Hope it works for you just as well.
My partner has also suggested eating less citrus - it's grapefruit season here in New Zealand - maybe time to ration my intake.
I had terrible itching on my arms too that came out of nowhere. The only thing that helped me was baking soda. Knowing it has multiple uses, including helping elevate itching from posion ivy, posion oak, and poison sumac, I thought I'd give it a try. I wet my arms with cool water and rubbed in the baking soda. I let it sit a few minutes then rinsed with cool water then blotted dry. Good old, inexpensive, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate, NaHCO3) helped me.
Brachioradial pruritus is most likely cause. I have had this for about one and a half years. It gets intense and drives me crazy. I'm 57 years old, female.
You can find out more about this at Mayo Clinic or Medscape websites.
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