. 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
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 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.
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.
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