Re: How to stop the itching (and get rid of the scars)
Wow, I just joined this board to respond to your itching legs posts. I could have written your posts. I've had severly itching legs for 17 years, since the age of approx. 20. There's no sign of rash, etc. Mostly lower legs but sometimes higher on the leg. I've kept diaries of diet, mood, weather, season and can't see a pattern. I've been to every type of Dr. I can think of over the years for this. (Allergists, dermatologists, homeopaths, gynecologists, accupunturists, etc.)
While I haven't solved my problem, I feel there may be something to having a liver function test for bile salt levels. I had read something an Australian dermatologist wrote in 2004. He described itching with no skin changes (except those brought about by scratching.) He said it could be a build up of bile salts which are incompletely cleared by the liver and accumulate in the serum of the blood. He suggests getting liver function tests and a bile salt level. I personally went and had my bile salt level tested by a gastroenterologist years ago. My bile salt levels came back flagged abnormally high! (3-4 times if I remember right) He was amazed since that's the obscure test I had asked for. BUT, he said they weren't high enough for me to be itching. He tried to get me to see a dermatologist again. I may follow up with the liver function test someday. I give up from time to time and then go back and keep trying. Tying in with this topic, that australian dr. said it can be from a body's reaction to estrogen levels. My mom had the itching problem only when pregnant. (Higher estrogen with pregnancy.) So my gynecologist ran some blood tests to examine this for me--he said it'd be a test used for lupus screening also. I came back fine. So no mystery solved yet.
I don't have scars, but constant scabs and skin discoloration from getting sun around the scabs. I don't know what works best for itching, but use a Benadryl cream, advil, Benadryl pills from time to time.
Just curious, are there any other quirky health conditions you have that maybe we have in common? I have a pseudocholinesterase deficiency which is rare and just prevents me from being able to break down certain anesthesia.
Good luck to you.
Last edited by MissEmmaPeel; 09-21-2007 at 08:28 PM.