My Skin Is So Itchy HELP!!!!

Updated on December 28, 2010
L.I. asks from Lake in the Hills, IL
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I have never had such itchy skin before and I dont know what to do. I have tried 4 different lotions and none of them are working. My skin(legs especially) is so itchy I cant stop scratching. I know it is winter and it is very dry in our house but this has never happened before. My husband tells me not to scratch it but when you are so itchy you cant help it. I even wake up in the middle of the night scratching. Anyone have any suggestions on what i can use? Can this be something other than dry skin where I should see a doctor? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Thank you all for all of your helpful responses. I put a humidifier in my room and have tried a few new products and as they seem to help a little bit, the itching does still get bad at times. I have made a derm. appointment and if that doesnt solve the problem I will go to my regular doctor to get some blood tests done. Thank you to all of you moms once again!!!!!

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D.G.

answers from Chicago on

Yes, go and see a doctor. Such intense itching can be a sign of other problems (liver problems) or a skin problem that can be helped with medication, not just lotion.

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J.G.

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I use the Shaklee Herbal cream for dry, itchy skin. It has helped over the years for myself and my family (kids are 15 and 13yrs old.)

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C.C.

answers from Chicago on

I started using skin conditioning oil and hand lotion made by Arbonne and I love it! I love it so much I started selling the products. I have very dry skin in the winter - my knuckles crack and get very sore. I put the skin conditioning oil on at night after I put on the hand lotion and it has rapidly repaired my hands!

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T.W.

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L.,

Have you tied to take bath using Aveeno Oatmeal Bath? It is a great product to have on hand as the kids get itchy sometimes too. Then use a good lotion (I love Aveeno). Hope this helps!

T.

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B.M.

answers from Chicago on

Try drinking aloe juice! That helps with everything and id truly God's cure-all medicine!Also apply the gel, let it dry, then Aquafore. It can be pricey but worth it. Are you bathing daily? Don't. And when you do, make it an oatmeal bath with warm, not hot, water. Do not shave your legs, for as long as you can stand it! Go the natural route first before seeing an MD...Our bodies usually take care of and heal themselves if we give them time. Lots of questions for you....good luck!

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J.S.

answers from Chicago on

i have tremendously dry skin, too. i have stopped showering so much, as water is drying, esp if it's hard water. i'm thinking of getting filters for our baths/showers to at least try to get the chlorine out of it. I think that would help us tremendously. anyway, i found great products from Trillium Organics, the Body (Shea) Butter. I love it so much that I'm selling it now out of my home. It's mostly organic and wonderfully simple ingredients. If you're interested, look at in on my website (www.bendickco.com/trillium_organics) or see more product details on Trillium's website: http://www.trilliumorganics.com/Shea.html
YOu can contact me thru our website if you want to try a little sample of it -- I'll give you some of mine!
Best of luck!
--Jen (mom to 2 kiddies -- Mitchell (3, eczema, another reason I got Trillium!) and Nicolette (8 mos))

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K.W.

answers from Indianapolis on

I would try using a good exfoliator...a sugar scrub would be very gentle. Do this in the shower. Then, when you get out, just play your body dry and then apply the lotion. This seals in the water, which is the best moisturizer. Do this for several days. If you can, wear something like sweats that will sort of keep your skin moist.

Hope this helps. You might also try putting out bowls of water near your heat registers to get some moisture in the air, too.

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J.R.

answers from Chicago on

Try using baby oil or lotion immediately after your shower. I use a generic from Walgreens called Therapeutic Moisturizing Cream ( white tub w/blue cap). I got it when I was pregnant and my belly was itching like crazy. It is like vaseline, just not as greasy. I also switched soaps for the winter. Get a moisturizing soap--I use Oil of Olay. Normally I use Lever 2000, but I switched for winter and it has helped. Also, do you have humidifiers in your home? This will help and make sure you are drinking lots of water! If nothing helps you may have an allergy that is causing you to itch. Good Luck!

J.

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K.W.

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Have you been on any new medications lately? I once thought my dry itchy skin was just a worse case of the dry skin I usually get in the winter, only to find out that I'd developed an allergic reaction to an antibiotic I'd been taking. Otherwise, I would say to keep your showers as short & cool as you can stand them, dry off immediately, slather on the Eucerin immediately afterward & right before bedtime (& when you get dressed, & any other time you think of it), and buy a good humidifier for your bedroom. And maybe sleep with socks on your hands (if you can stand it) so you don't scratch yourself too badly in the night. If that whole regime doesn't work, I would suggest having your dr. refer you to a good dermatologist.

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K.M.

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I had problems with my liver when I was pregnant and it made me itch like crazy! Nothing I did helped. I would have your blood tested just in case.

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M.H.

answers from Chicago on

We had a humidifier installed on our furnace when we had to replace it. I have to say I noticed a difference of my winter skin. My legs use to get dry and patchy/white and itched like crazy. I could not go to bed without itching my legs like a madwoman.
A really thick cream lotion helped sometimes, like Eucerin, Keri. I really like the foot and hand lotion from bath and body, the stuff in the blue spa containers. The foot one you could rub on your lower legs. I like the milk bath soap and the cream lotion too that has the flip lid, but those aren't as effective.
You might also try udder balm.
I would probably also try getting a small humidifier that you could put in your bedroom at night, and maybe one in the main area of the house you spend your days in.
I have an older 4 gallon Holmes one if you want it. It worked last time I used it, but for some reason it discolored to yellow. We don't smoke. Or go to target/walmart and look for the $10 humidifier. Sometimes it is with the vapor medicines. It's not as pricey as others if you just want to test it out.
Have you checked your children's back, legs and arms to see if they are also dry?
Good luck.

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C.M.

answers from Chicago on

I've had the same problem for the last couple of winters. What I found, in my case, was all the moisturizing body soaps that I was using. I switched to Neutragena body wash last fall and just make sure to lotion up before I leave the bathroom and I've been great.

I experimented an used a moisturizing body was cuz it smelled so good....but I started itching again.

Hope this helps.

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M.S.

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L.-
Have you ever tried the ARBONNE products? I have dry skin year round, especially this time of year. I've found this product is great at moisturizing and my legs have never felt so silky smooth. I started using this product in Nov. 2006 and was blown away by the results. Even better, all ARBONNE products are fragrance, chemical and dye free. The products can only be purchased through an Arbonne rep. You can refer to their website at www.arbonne.com or my website at michellesklena.myarbonne.com. Through a rep, they are available at 35-50% off their retail price. Hope this helps.

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L.C.

answers from Chicago on

I have eczema and you may have that or psoriasis. Go to your dr. Mine gave me a prescription that heals it very well. Otherwise you will scratch your skin off. I also itch constantly and in the middle of the night without even knowing it. But when i use the ointment, i have no problem.

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D.L.

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Hi my name is D. and i work for the body shop at home where i do parties for woman's and i have body butters and i carrie MANGO which is good for very dry skin and my stuff works and i have other sents like COCONUT which is for very dry skin COCOA very dry skin and BRAZIL NUT is for dry skin but what iam saying if you would like to try some they are only $8.00 dollers for a 1.75oz if you would like to get one than you can e-mail me and i can see what i can help you with hope that you find hope and i hope that i can help you.

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M.D.

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If you know someone that sells Avon, you might try their new Skin So Soft Wintersoft lotions. They have a hand cream, and an intense concentrated cream, and they are FABULOUS! This started happening to me two winters ago, and this is the first thing I have found that's really helped. My skin has been much better since I started using them, especially my hands. Hope this helps!

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F.P.

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I went through the same thing after I had my daughter(now 1yr.)Although mine was alot worse; an itchy rashlike on my chest,stomach,arms,legs.I scratched until I bled,the pain was better than the itching. My ob put me on a sterod(spelling?) to to take the edge off the itching and reccomended short,cooler showers. I also took Aveeno oatmeal baths (witch gave temp. relief) and Aveeno lotion I can't remember exactly which one, I think it was oatmeal one or maybe itch relief anyway it was for really dry skin(you can read the labels). It all seemed to help. It took time to clear up, but it evenually did. I hope this helps. Good luck!

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T.M.

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Hi L.,
My name is T., and I know what you are going through. My skin has been so dry and itchy, mainly from handwashing constantly. I just had a baby, and I am constantly trying to wash my hands to keep germs away. Anyways, I use this lotion called Renew, and its through a home based company called Melaleuca, and both my husband and I agree that we have never used a more effective lotion for itchiness and dryness. It is actually proved to take care of ecxema, that is how effective it is. Melaleuca is a company that produces safer, more natural products from your home. If you are interested in more info on it, let me know. Hope this helps!
T.
[email protected]____.com

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M.C.

answers from Chicago on

Here is what you use. Eucerin Calming Cream. I have the exact problem, and a woman at work told me about this. Works like a charm! Good luck!

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B.K.

answers from Lafayette on

I have found the best thing for dry itchy sking! It is Eucerin. You can get it as a cream or a lotion. I use the cream for my feet and elbows. At night when I go to bed, I smear it on my feet and then put on white cotton socks, by morning, they feel wonderful. I use it a couple of times a day on my elbows. Good luck!

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N.G.

answers from Chicago on

This just happened to my sister-in-law. After a few months went to the doctor and she said her skin was so dry from and showering every day was making it worse. The doctor told her to shower every other or third day completely (obviously she could clean herself every day, but not shower her whole body ) A little skeptical she did this and by the second day, she did not itch any more. Her itching was mostly on her back and it was so bad it would keep her up at night. Good luck

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M.W.

answers from Chicago on

Try Eucerin lotion or Aquaphor and lather it on your especially the really itchy areas; then cover with clothes so lotion is absorbed into skin. Do daily or more as needed
My two kids have had bad eczema since birth and this stuff has worked.

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A.D.

answers from Chicago on

Try cortisone cream. You can get it over the counter and it works wonders!

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M.H.

answers from Bloomington on

L.,
I have no advice what so ever for you... BUT if someone gives you any ideas PLEASE pass it on to me! I am having the same issue and it is driving me BONKERS! So I feel ya!
I have spent at least $60 in the last 2 weeks trying different lotions and some that are itch creams and nothing works! Argh! So please send any advice or tips my way too :-) I will so love ya!
Thanks dear!
M. Hayes

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M.

answers from Chicago on

after you take a shower put vaseline on and that should help
M.

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J.L.

answers from Chicago on

I have a couple of suggestions for you I get that way too where I would wake up bleeding because I was scratching so bad I don't have eczema just really dry skin.

My 1st the the Gold Bond Extra Strength lotion its in a green bottle with a red cap very menthol-y smelling.

The other is the Aveeno intense relief hand cream I put it all over.

The last one if you would like to make a trip to the Macy's on State street, in there is a small store called Lush. And they have body butters that come in a bar that you rub all over your still wet skin after your shower and it takes away any itching and dryness. I have one that exfoliates too. I love it. I have one without bits of almonds that I use on my daughter and its very gentle on her skin.

They also have a lotion called Dream Cream that I a lot when my skin is really dry. The Lush products are handmade and vegetarian and some even vegan

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J.M.

answers from Chicago on

I have had this problem for years! I used to scratch so much I would bleed! Yuck. Fortunately, this is an easy problem to fix... you just have to look carefully at labels at the drugstore. Stay away from fragrances. The alcohol in fragrances can dry out your skin. Seems counterintuitive, right? Fragrance free is different than unscented, too. Fragrance free means that there is NO fragrance. Unscented means that the fragrances have been neutralized by something else. Make sure you get a fragrance free lotion. Steer clear of gels, too, as they have alcohol that will also irritate your skin. Dove Sensitive is a good soap to use in the shower. When you're out, pat dry and slather lotion on IMMEDIATELY. My dermatologist told me to get lotion on damp skin within three minutes. I like Aveeno lotion. I have the tan pump bottle with the green letters, and I just got the intense relief hand cream for my hands. I apply the hand cream right before bed, and I've noticed a huge difference. Make sure you reapply lotion whenever you're itchy. It'll help with the itch and it prevents you from scratching like a mad fool. I know, I've been there! Good luck!

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S.W.

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I'm 7 months pregnant and living in Chicago - needless to say, it's dry and cold here so we have the heater on (which makes things even drier!). I began with lotion but that didn't help either. What I found to work was to put on some type of body oil (Baby Oil, Massage Oil...etc.) after I shower and before I dry myself. I pat dry after the application and am itch-free for the whole night and whole day!

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M.C.

answers from Chicago on

Do you have a rash or anything on top of the itch, or is it just dry and scaly in places?

I have mild eczema and I use a brand of healing ointment called Aquaphilic. My dad and sister also use this for their eczema. You can order it online or from your local pharmacy. I generally use it about once a week or every other week to keep dry skin related itchiness under control. Another type of healing ointment is Aquaphoric - it is not quite as thick as Aquaphilic, but much more the consistency of Vaseline, so it is more oily. I've used that for moisture rashes on my son and it works great. My sister also uses it on her daughters who suffer dry skin problems due to celiac disease and it works really well for them too.

Another trick is to use baby oil - when you finish your shower, turn off the water, rub on baby oil and then pat yourself dry. My dad also does this and swears by it. I would try it on a small sensitive skin area first though, like stretch marks, just in case. I can't use baby oil anymore since I got pregnant - for some reason, it causes my belly to break out in a rash, but if that doesn't happen to you, then it is a really good remedy for dry, itchy skin.

Good luck!

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C.H.

answers from Minneapolis on

this may sound funny but i went to school for a natural doctor and this happend to me too. you could have a yeast problom. yeast can come out of your pores. what i did is i went and got some yeast cream and put on my legs ect and it worked. my grandpa had a itch and he could not get rid of it and the doctor said his liver was bad and found out he had cancer. not saying you do or anything but just saying if the yest cream does not work to go to doc. the cream worked on me.

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K.P.

answers from Chicago on

Poor thing!

Your body probably needs "good oils," water and gentle cleansers.

to work from the inside out, try eating avocados, olive oil, olives, and nuts. And take in lots of water not only from the tap but from fruits and vegetables! Pectin (like from apples) is great for your skin!

To relieve the itch, try using Aveeno products (face and body washes, and lotions) which you can get from Target -- they are very gentle. They even have an itch reducing lotion.

Lastly, it may do you some good to take a steam -- if your gym has one (like Lifetime) take 10 minutes to let your body soak it in and then cover yourself in lotion, Eucerin, Vaseline, or Aquaphor.

Best of luck!!

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M.J.

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L.,
I know you've gotten tons of responses, but I thought I would give you my remedy since I don't think I've seen it in the responses. First exfoliate in the shower with one of those exfoliating gloves, but be gentle. Then apply AmLactin Lotion. They sell it in the drugstores. I got mine at Costco (I've seen it in the Glenview, IL Costco - I'm sure it's carried elsewhere). Basically you want to apply the lotion when your skin is still a little damp. It's main ingredient is Lactic Acid and believe it or not it helps retain moisture and gets rid of scaly dry skin (that itches like crazy I know!). You have to use it regularly - like every other day or so. It works amazingly well. I hope you try it!
Good luck, Maira

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A.R.

answers from Lincoln on

I always get really itchy in the winter and when I'm pregnant. Mary Kay's Night Emollient Cream slathered all over has really helped me. I think it is for the Satin Hands kit but I use it all over!
Good luck!

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B.M.

answers from Chicago on

Hi L.,
Aveeno has these oatmeal baths. It comes in a box with about 4-5 packages. You fill your tub with water and stir this in. Soak in it for 10 minutes- I forget how long. I have 2 girls and 1 boy, when they bathe I have them put extra body lotion on their bodies.. This weather can really dry up your skin. Aveeno also has body lotions and creams. I hope it helps!

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M.R.

answers from Chicago on

Don't take a super hot shower; try a warm shower and be in there for a short period of time (like 5 minutes, 10 minutes max).

After you are done in the shower, PAT yourself dry. Do not rub yourself with the towel. Rubbing takes away a lot of your body's natural oils which serve as a line of defense against the itching.

Once you've patted yourself dry, slather on lotion. You may even need to reapply before going to bed.

If it still doesn't get better, go see a doctor.

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N.K.

answers from Chicago on

I have itchy legs too. Aveeno lotion in the tan and green bottle is the only thing that helps it. I have to put it on 2 or 3 times a day at first, then can taper to once a day. Once I forget, the itching comes back. I tried every over the counter lotion there is.

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D.N.

answers from Indianapolis on

L., I would love to help you! I am a skincare consultant with a company called Kara Vita. We have a product that is called Everyday Skin Penetrating Lotion. This lotion was originally developed in 1989 as a long-lasting treatment for burn victims. What makes our products different than others is our delivery system of these pharmaceutical grade bioactives and actives. Our Everyday Skin line time-releases an extraordinary dose of moisture deep within the epidermis using our penetrating nanotechnology while also forming a sealing barrier to keep bioactives working all day. It is also effective with other skin conditions such as, exzema, psoriasis, and others. I don't want to sound like a commercial but, speaking from experience using this product and our products from our skincare line,and being a consultant for 2 years now, this product is awesome!! Please check out our website for further information www.karavita.com. I would be more than happy to send you a sample of this lotion. Please let me know and I hope I can help you. D.

A little about me: I am also the wife of a very hardworking man and mother of 2 adopted children (girl 11 and boy 9) that look just like us! Both getting a little more independent w/attitude, but awesome kids!

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M.R.

answers from Chicago on

I would see a dermatologist. I went through this a couple years ago. It came out of nowhere. I went to the dermatologist and was told I have eczema. She prescribed some cream to get it under control. After it was under control I have been using Cetaphil instead of soap and it has helped alot. I also like Burts Bee products. Also drink alot!!! If you are not drinking enough it could also cause your skin to become dry.

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S.H.

answers from Chicago on

I have found that Cetaphil products works best for my itchy skin. I use both the soap and lotion. I tried all other products on the market and this combo seems to work the best. Try to stay away from hot showers and put lotion on as soon as you get out of the shower. You may also want to change your laundry detergent to something that is fragrance free and for sensitive skin. If you are using dryer sheets they are not recommended for people with skin problems. I use the dryer balls to help with static and they seem to work. Taking Benadryl before bed should also help you get through the night. Good luck.

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J.N.

answers from Chicago on

L., I have exactly the same issue and I believe it's because my humidifier isn't working at the moment. My skin is extra dry and itchy. Might be worth checking. I've gone out and bought a portable one for the bedroom at night but the day times are hell.

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L.T.

answers from Indianapolis on

Have you ever heard of Arbonne? It is a swiss health and wellness company and they have some amazing body lotion that also includes anti-aging components which is a plus. It does not contain mineral oil, animal by-products or artificial coloring or fragrances which can sometimes irritate the skin. You never want to use a lotion that contains mineral oil as it is too dense to penetrate the skin and actually forms a barrier so good ingredients can not enter the skin and bacteria and toxins can not leave the skin. Just keep that in mind when purchasing any skin care products such as body lotion or facial products. I would recommend the re9 body lotion but if it is too expensive there is also a baby body lotion that should help. It is formulated for babies as it is very gentle but can also be used for adults. I know several adults who use the baby lotion for their eczema and love it. It really works! I personally love the re9 lotion though. If you are interested I can get you hooked up with a consultant. There is also a 45 day trial period so if you try it and don't see results you can send it back and get reimbursed. Please let me know if you want to try it. At this point it sounds like you have nothing to lose. My email address is [email protected]____.com luck!

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L.F.

answers from Chicago on

L.,

My name is L.. I have also had a very dry itchy winter. I have started rubbing Olive Oil on my skin. Just use a little at night. It has helped me alot. Good luck.

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L.G.

answers from Chicago on

If you don't have a medical problem, there are are a few things to try. Go get a humidifier and put it in your bedroom at night. Put pans of water on top of your radiators, the wider the better as surface area is what you're after) and the heat from the radiator will evaporate the water. Get an oatmeal bath. In the skin care section of your pharmacy, Aveeno has an oatmeal bath for itchy skin. Try these and if they don't work, get back to me.

L. G.

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M.B.

answers from Chicago on

I have Eczema and my symptoms sound very similar to what you have. My dermatologist has given me a steroid cream (prescription) called Vanos and it clears up the areas of extreme itchiness. Otherwise, I recommend Aquaphor for daily use. It looks like vaseline but I've found it soaks into the skin faster and it does me wonders in the winter. Good luck!

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R.C.

answers from Indianapolis on

I had a similar itchy issue recently. But I had little bumps- naked to the eye and even my husband could not feel them. But I could because my skin is usually very smooth. I went to an acupuncturist who said the itching had to do with my liver. Ater a couple of acupuncture sessions, it went away.

It could be an allergy. Try using a different laundry soap, bath soap, etc. Even if you've used the same brand or years, you can develop allergies.

Also- to add to Jennier L's response- Lush is awesome. I've used their products for well over 10 years and there is a website http://usa.lush.com/cgi-bin/lushdb/index.html?lang=en_US&...

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D.V.

answers from Chicago on

Been there, done that!

I changed my laudry products first off. That helped quite a bit, Changed body wash to something that isn't a soap, and used a shae butter cream to richly moisturize.

Once you try all those things, then see a DR. I also found a great aloe based shaving cream for my legs that helped a lot also.

I think after so many years we use the same products and develop a sensitivity to them.

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S.B.

answers from Chicago on

Get your thyroid tested. Itching skin with no relief is a common symptom, as well as, fatigue, weight gain, and hair loss, to name a few. I like to use, Cetafil in the shower and the lotion for after and during the day. These were both recommended to me by a dermatologist for our daughter with very red and itchy skin.
Hope this helps.

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M.H.

answers from Chicago on

Are you using any kind new or different products? I heard Tea Tree oil is good. Also I would take some benedryl(spelling?) when you start itching. I have also used like aloe vera gel.

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C.C.

answers from South Bend on

I know you've gotten ALOT of replies, but i have to chime in and say definately do the humidifier! Also, try some Benadryl along with Eucerin or Aveeno lotion. And, as others have said, a nice Oatmeal bath will help. My 4 year old son just got over a bout of hives, and he was SO itchy...but we did all of the above...and it relieved him tremendously. Also, i had severe itching in my legs as an after effect of an epidural i had giving birth to my now 6 month old, they gave me Benadryl, and it greatly helped. But #1, get a humidifier (Or two!) and keep it going at all times! Good luck...let us know what you tried, and what worked for you!

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L.H.

answers from Chicago on

get some humidifiers in your home , walmart or your stores you like to shop in , you can get a 2 gallon, one for around 40 dollars , you might want to get 2 of them depending on how big your house is, i put one in the living room and when the warmer weather starts to come in like march i put the humidifier in the shed till next winter, even if you have to keep in the bedroom sometimes it will cut down the itching, i used to wake up with scratches all over me like i was clawed, it was me scratchinh from the dry, and you can use lotions, the weather has been awfuly strange, today of in the upper 40's to a -20 wind chill tonight, thats a big drop and the weather has been bone chilling, i like near chicago, hope this helps,

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C.H.

answers from Fort Wayne on

This may sound strange but I got the idea from one of my patients years ago. I also have itchy skin and opted to try this before going to the doctors. Walmart carries a aloe gel (Ocean Potion instant burn relief ICE) for sunburn pain reliever in it. It's blue. I keep it in the house for burns, ouchies, and my itchy skin. The pain reliever is called Lidocaine. It dulls the itch so it is tolerable and the aloe is great for your skin. I also seen on TV the other day one of the lotion companies has added it to their new lotion. I believe it was called Itchy Skin formula. If you opt to try the lotion please let me know how it works for you. Since I have found something that works so well I really hate to even try something else without PROOF. I think you can understand that one,lol . Happy Not Scratching L..

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M.W.

answers from Chicago on

I hope you get some relief soon. Have there been any environmental changes lately - new detergent or soap, new pajamas made of different farbric, etc.? If not, I would recommened Eucerin Calming Creme and a humidifier. Good luck.

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N.R.

answers from Elkhart on

OTC cortizone cream can help with the itch if it is so unbearable that you are waking up scratching

no sure fire cure, but i have better success with moisturizing creams as opposed to lotions, they are a little thicker and my skin seems to feel better

also for christmas someone gave me body butter and my ithcing seems to stop until the next time i shower instead of just helping for a few hours.

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T.V.

answers from Chicago on

L.-It sounds like maybe your body went thru a change which is not uncommon. Usually that seriousness of a skin issue is attributed to something in your diet. Any kind of lotion with mineral oil, petroleum or lanolin will only irritate it and those products are very bad for your skin and most over the counter lotions have those or all of them in there products. The best remedy you may already have in your house extra virgin olive oil -organic preferably will help. If you can not do that you need to go to a health food store and get a lotion that is pure. It could also be a reaction to toxins in your body.

You also may want to eliminate completely certain foods from your eating regimen dairy being one of the main culprits. I am not a doctor, however I have been studying the effects of environmental issues on our bodies for a number of years and have much success with helping people with problems such as yours. A great reference website is www.mercola.com

T.

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P.P.

answers from Chicago on

I would suggest to use Melaleuca products they are all natural.I too, have itchy skin, but I have gone green this past year. Got rid of all chemicals, from under the sink bath room cleaners and laudry soap. There product is wonderful. They have a lotion and bath oil that is FDA Clinically approved. I know just for my self, the filler that is used in other products like purfumes etc. set off reactions. If you need a catalog email me and I will send you one. Or you can go tothere web site first www.mela;euca.com The best thing I did for my family.
Have a great day
P.
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K.M.

answers from Chicago on

L.:
This can very well be due to the added heat in our houses, low humidity levels, intense cold weather outside and the ingredients in the products you are using. If any of your body products contain alcohol, that is drying and aggravating your skin even more. If the lotions contain mineral oil, that acts as an oclusive and won't let the moisturizing ingredients below the surface of the skin to the epidermis level. Your body wash may contain ingredients that also may be contributing to the problem. You need some good products for washing and moisturing that will get deep into the skin and not wash off. If any of the products that you used contained these ingredients, that is why they are not working for you. I use a Swiss skincare line that are only pure, safe and botanically based products which are second to none. I would be more than happy to share them with you or other posters who have any type of skin condition. They can be purchased online and shipped to your home in 2-3 days! You don't have to suffer. Just educate yourself on the type of products that you are using. Truly, they are not made the same and the Europeans have much higher standards for personal care products than we do in the US (sad, but true). Here's to your health and itchies!

K.

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M.N.

answers from Evansville on

Right after the shower dont even pat your self completely dry and use baby oil. I then usually have a different towel ready to dry myself completely. It has worked for me when every other product didn't work. I only have patches of dry skin that isn't itchy but almost painful when I used other lotions. I hope this helps! :)

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S.L.

answers from Chicago on

L.,

I know you ahve already had a lot of advice but a friend of mine was just saying the exact same things. She used the body serum adn body lotion from Arbonne and her legs felt better within a couple of days. If you would like to try a free sample let me know. Many of the lotions on the market contain animal by products that can irritate skin or mineral oil which acts as a seal over your skin preventing it from breathing as well as preventing other important botanical ingredients from absorbing into the skin. I'm not sure of all the products taht you have tried or if you have found relief but if not let me know and I will run a free sample over for you to try.

S.
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E.V.

answers from Chicago on

Hi L.,

Try running your clothes through the rinse cycle twice when doing laundry. I use to have the worst time with dry itchy skin during winter, but one year a pediatrician suggested running clothes through an extra rinse when doing laundry. Apparently, the extra rinse gets rid of any leftover detergent residue. Amazingly mine and my children’s dry irritable skin problems went away.

Also, taking warm to cool showers is good. And, I love Dove’s Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash. I use it everyday. It’s not harsh, leaves my skin smooth and soft, and it’s not too expensive.

Hope this helps!

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N.D.

answers from Chicago on

I don't want to alarm you but is there a chance that you could be diabetic? This is the only symptom that I had. My doc ran the test and sure enough, I had borderline diabetes. I would definitely go see your Doctor if creams/ lotions aren't working.

Good luck!
N.

Ps. If you know of anyone who is diabetic, you can borrow their testing kit to test your blood sugars to see.

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L.T.

answers from Bloomington on

I cap full of baby oil in your bath water does wonders. It moistens your skin and absorbs leaving your skin soft and smooth. Use it as often as you need to, especially during the winter/dry months.

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K.O.

answers from Chicago on

Did you try Eucerin? Are you getting enough fat in your diet? I am a hairtylist/skin care specialist in Woodridge. Sometimes, when we don't get enough oil in our system, our skin, hair and nails will get ultra dry and brittle. GOOD LUCK

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B.A.

answers from Chicago on

I have exczema as well - sounds like that is what you have. I have to have Eucerin, Aquaphor, or the blue and beige Aveeno lotion. Also - what worked the BEST was Walgreen's generic version of Eucerin with the royal blue lid - I would apply RIGHT after a shower and it was the only time my legs did not bleed from my scratching all winter.

I will add that one Dr. I worked for informed me that I had to stop taking hot baths - one of my greatest JOYS in the winter. I just can't give them up, but if I did I think it would help alot!

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S.B.

answers from Chicago on

This happened to me too, after never having a problem. I would scratch so hard, I would bleed! Crazy. I actually went to a dermatologist and got steroid cream which fixed it. Now when the dryness starts to creep up, I use Cetaphil Cream (not lotion) and it is great. I use it on my kids also. I would try the Cetaphil cream for a couple weeks (3 times per day) and see if that helps. If not, head to the doctor. I'm completely fine now.

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D.K.

answers from Indianapolis on

You need to also look at it from a HYDRATION stand point. You didn't mention whether you drank water or not. You should be getting AT LEAST HALF YOUR BODY WEIGHT IN OUNCES DAILY!! If you exercise......even MORE!

Are you getting enough OMEGAS?? That ALSO plays a part in the health of the skin.

Have you considered an allergy? Laundry soap? Bath gel? Certain foods? There are ways to determine if it is in fact, an allergy.

PURE ALOE GEL is about the WONDERFUL for your skin. VERY HYDRATING. You also might try UDDER CREAM or AQUAPHOR. Aquaphor is uses many times for wheelchair bound patients for bed sores. Bed sores are LARGELY due to dehydration. It only takes 3% water loss to be dehydrated. If you're thirsty....you're already dehydrated!!

It's amazing what hydration can do for the body....organs, energy, skin, etc.

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S.S.

answers from Chicago on

try using a shea butter or cocoa butter it needs to be 100 percent shea or cocoa read the label, cheap lotions use alot of alcohol in their products which causes dry skin, I work for the body shop I sell lotions, skincare etc. also try a good exfoiliating sugar scrub, then use a good body butter, if your interested in any products, here is my website- www.thebodyshopathome.com/web/ssmolen, we sell shea and cocoa butter, the mango we sell also is for very dry skin, i recommend the scrub and butter, also don't use harsh soap on your skin, like deoderant soap it will dry it out more.

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J.M.

answers from Evansville on

L.,

I deal with eczema on a regular basis and go through exactly what you are describing! It's terrible! In fact just last night I woke up scratching my leg. I mean...I was scratching my leg in MY SLEEP and woke up WHILE I was doing it. A good quick cure is Cortizone cream or ointment. You can pick it up at any drugstore or grocery store. Most likely you have started eating more of something or a new product has caused this itchy skin. Mine kicks up if I eat too much sugar or dairy. It could also be caused by a new detergent or fabric softener. Perhaps a new perfume?

Oh, I also use Avenno bath and shower oil. After you're done in the shower, put it on and then wash it off. (Warm showers instead of hot showers help to not dry out your skin.) It keeps the moisture in and you can still use lotion after that. Just make sure your lotion is unscented as to not aggrevate the problem. :o)

Hope this helps!

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A.K.

answers from Chicago on

Hi L.,
I'm an RN and it sounds like you are having an allergic reaction to something! Have you switched detergents lately? Could it be a new food you've tried? Have you tried taking Benadryl to see if that helps? If lotions aren't helping you may want to give the doc a call to see if maybe you're having an allergic reaction to something.
Hope this helps.
A.

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V.G.

answers from Chicago on

Try Eucerin Orignal aand Calming lotion creme..they worked excellent for me and my daughter.

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J.B.

answers from Chicago on

Do you have any other symptoms (e.g., change in skin color, rash, etc.). Although unlikely, the itchiness could be a sign of something else and you may want to consider seeing a doctor.

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J.V.

answers from Chicago on

I have had the exact same thing on and off the last 4 years. Of course it is always worse in the Winter. I have been to the Dr. and he just recommended un-scented and sensitive everything (from detergent to bath soaps), nothing really helped. This winter my legs got extremely itchy again and I bought Gold Bond Medicated (In a green bottle) and it is wonderful! I use that immediately after I shower and I can actually sleep through the night without itching (I find if I wear pajama pants to bed, rather then shorts it also helps a lot). Hope that helps!

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L.G.

answers from Chicago on

My Dr gave me Xyxil. It's an allergy medicine but it has worked beautifully. I have been having an itching problem myself. She told me since I was getting welts it was an allergic reaction to something I had been taking or eating. So that is something to watch for. Needless to say I have been taking amoxicillian forever and suddenly became allergic.

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J.G.

answers from Chicago on

There is a product called Corticure Comfort Lotion by Beauticontrol. It soothes itchy, dry skin with hydrocortisone, allontoin and chamomile. It is very gentle and effective. I use it on my kids (5,3 and 2 yrs)and myself often. It is also good for diaper rash. I know this sounds self-promoting but I am a consultant for Beauticontrol and can get it to you. I want you to know that I 100% beleive in this product and if it doesn't work for you ALL of your money will be refunded. The cost is $18.50 plus tax and shipping (if needed).

If it's keeping you up at night it might be worth the try! You can reach me at [email protected]____.com and www.beautipage.com/jok. I also have a member perk for yogaspa.J..

Good luck!
J.

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J.B.

answers from Chicago on

I experienced the itch phenomenon after every childbirth. Hydrate from within - drink lots of water throughout the day. Don't shower daily, especially in winter. And do whatever you can to refrain from the urge to itch - it makes it worse. Call dermatologist if persists, it could be psoriasis or eczema. Good luck!

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S.D.

answers from Indianapolis on

I have eczema and it even worse in the winter. I'd go to a dermatologist and see what they say. Taking short, warm showers instead of long hots ones helps a lot. Shower only every-other day (and after physical activity of course). Then as soon as you get out of the shower, pat your skin to damp-dry and lotion up to hold in the moisture.
Good Luck:)

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N.

answers from Chicago on

Wow I am not the only one out there, my skin itches like crazy in the winter, its the dry air. It could also be stress, and poor diet, right now on top on itchy skin I have scalp dermatitis which is dry ithcy scalp too. ugh.. I was interested to read the post about diet sodas, thats what I have drank for years I just got used to them from doing Weight Watcher way back so I think I'm gonna bite the extra syrupy taste bullet and switch and see how that works out. Anyways after seeing the over commercialized Eucerin calming cream I went out and bought some, it doesn't work. I actually itch mostly on my neck and chest, I think its stress nerves and anxiety although every time I try to tell the doctor hey I itch and break out in hives from itching they say just keep applying the 2.5% hydracortizone which is temp relief and only avail by precription. It wasn't until I asked my dermatologist that they said to use Allegra for allerigies, its the Histamine casusing your skin to itch and Allegra has the blocker for that. So I got a prescription from that and it works wonders as long as its taken. As far as my legs I do take hot baths, they do get dry and itchy but I dont itch till I bleed so I guess thats just something I can deal with till winter is over.

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T.D.

answers from Indianapolis on

L.:

It sounds more like an allergic reaction that a skin condition. Have you tried taking Benadryl? Have you used a new laundry detergent (clothes, sheets against your skin)...

Have you taken any new medications or over-the-counter stuff? If four different lotions arent curing the problem its probably time to seek the advice of a medical practitioner.

Some times drug reactions can take a bit to happen as the substance can take time to build up in your system and than you start itching like crazy!

Let us know what happens....

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S.B.

answers from Chicago on

Arbonne International has fabulous natural, botanically-based skin care products that would more than likely help your dryness because they really penetrate the skin. Arbonne has several body care products that I would recommend but need a little more info from you first. Let me know if you want to talk about it.

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K.D.

answers from Peoria on

HI L., This is a different answer than other posts.

Do you drink lots of diet soda? My body after years of drinking lots of diet soda had beome really itchy. I read it could be that my body is fed up with the aspertame, which is known to cauuse itchyness.

I have cut down on my diet coke, and notice when I have a lot of diet coke, the following 24 hours are really itchey.

Good luck stopping the itchyies!!

K.

Just a thought.

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S.F.

answers from Chicago on

For itchy skin have you tried an oatmeal bath--these are suppose to relieve itchy skin. You can get Aveeno oatmeal bath or even generic packets that you just add to your bath. It is nice and really soothing to the skin. Hope this helps.

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G.B.

answers from Chicago on

Hi, my name is G. and I had this problem with my skin a few years ago and I went to my Dr because I was scratching so bad, I couldn't sleep at night my skin was so dry. The Dr recommended that I use cetaphil, lubriderm or eucrine (sp??? sorry) on my skin and soap for showering I should try dial or dove. Which has helped me. He also precribed a steroid and perscription strength hydorcortisone.
I would try the lotions and soap and an over the counter hydrocortisone and see if that helps. The Dr also recommended soaking in an aveeno bath.
Good luck, I hope this will help give so some soothing relief!
G.

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S.C.

answers from Fort Wayne on

It may be eczema (sp?). I have super dry, itchy skin in the winter too. I use Oil of Olay Quench. It's the only lotion that seems to work all day long. I've tried so many and it seems like I always have to re-apply. A humidifier will help too. Also, try taking lukewarm showers instead of hot ones and apply lotion immediately after getting out of the shower. If none of that helps to relieve your itching, go see your doc.

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J.M.

answers from Elkhart on

My husband was having trouble with being really itchy. We started using glycerin soap and he doesn't itch anymore. You can buy glycerin soap at Bath and Body Works.

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A.B.

answers from Fort Wayne on

Hi L.,

I had an itch so bad one time and tried many creams, even one from the dematalogist that did not work. So I went to the drug store, asked the pharmacist and he said try Benadryl and it worked. Whatever it was finally left my body. Also my 85 year old dad had a very bad itch and he too use medicine from the doctor and I suggested Benadryl to him, but he would not listen to me until his doctor said for him to take it, so it does work. hope you feel better, because I know when itch, it mess with you mentally. God Bless! A. B.

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D.R.

answers from Lafayette on

Try some Keri bath oil. My (nurse) aunt recommended it when I was younger and my skin on my legs actually cracked. But with any persistant problem, please refer to your Dr. or Nurse-Practitioner for advice. Good Luck! D.

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