I had this problem so severe, I was scratching to the point of bleeding This went on for years- I was losing sleep and exhausted because I never got any sleep I was itching so bad, and I had to throw away some bedsheets that had blood streaks from my arms and legs. I broke several back scratchers I bought and scarred my back from using thick commerical paint stirring sticks. once breaking one and stabbing my back with it in the process- this was BAD...
BUT I THINK I HAVE FOUND A CURE
It would happen a lot after I got undressed for the evening and especially after takng a shower. All day my covered skin would seem to be fine but as soon as it was exposed to air and especially after a shower, it would start to itch and I would dread going to bed.
I tried Lotramin and Lanacaine and every form of hydrocortisone and anti-bacterial and anti-fungal product on the market- once spending $80 in one day to buy a tube of everything I could find and nothing worked.
BUT - Here is what made it stop- not just relief, but 100% gone
Take two quarts of Hydrogen Peroxide (it is surprisingly cheap - less than a buck a bottle)
Pour one into a nice hot bath
While standing in the water take a nice clean white washcloth and use the second bottle completety- pour some onto the washcloth and wipe down your whole body, especially the problem areas. Be generous and soak your body good (do this while your skin is still dry! BEFORE you get into the water and your skin absorbs water, you want it to absorb the peroxide) use the whole bottle, soak and wipe your body good all over. The excess will drip into the bath water.
Then soak in the hot water that has (now TWO) bottles of hydrogen peroxide)
After 15-20 minutes, get out and wipe your skin dry with a clean towel and apply some plain old BODY LOTION immediately- I used Neutragena, but a generic body lotion I got from a hotel room worked as well. Be generous
ALL MY ITCHING HAS 100% STOPPED!!!!!!
I dont know what it is or why this worked- but the first time I did it I noticed that my skin had some tiny little bubbles UNDER the skin where I had soaked it with the peroxide. If you pour peroxide on a cut it will bubble- it was exactly like that only seemed to be under my skin- there were MANY of these.
I think the peroxide just bubbles away germs and kills them or something- but I dont know- all I know is it worked. I am no longer ashamed to go to work with short sleeve shirt or afraid to wear shorts in the summer for fear of showing my scratched up arms and legs and back.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THIS HELPS ANYONE ELSE!!View Thread
OK I had repllied to this earlier and wanted to post an update
I had this severe itching problem too, whenever I finished a shower or took off my clothes at night and had skin exposed to the air. I mean serious until I was bleeding from itching bad...
I tried two things that seem to HAVE WORKED! I dont know if it is one or the other or both, so you should try it and see.
1) get a couple of bottles of Hydrogen Peroxide (they are less than a buck some places - I stocked up on a case because it is a great cleaner and disinfectant and in the laundry too)
2) draw a nice warm bath and put one whole bottle in it.
3) take the second bottle and pour some on a clean washcloth and while standing in the tub - rub and clean your entire body with it.- use the whole bottle- soak yourself good all over
4) afterwards, soak in the tub for a while
5) when you get out and after you dry off apply some Neutragena Body lotion. (I have used generic body lotion and it also seemed to work)
My itching COMPLETELY STOPPED
The lotramin and hydrocortisone and everything else I tried have hadv minimal if no effect at all
I am not sure if it was some sort of bacteria or fungus or bug or skin allergy but the peroxide and body lotion completely cured it- not just relieved- CURED
I know because after about 3 months it started again and so I did it again and it stopped completely
You may want to try it for a couple days in a row- I think it is important to be relatively clean first but NOT wet before you apply the peroxide to your skin- you want that to soak your skin first before water soaks into your skin
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