use capsaisin - it will work. I have the exact same issue and the dermatologist suggested that and he was right. I too had whiplash years ago - it is a nerve issue and this will come on and off all your life.
I have read these posts with intense interest. I have had seasonal itching for several years and doctors have told me it is dry skin and I shouldn't shower frequently (ug!) and use a lubriderm type product. That rarely helps much.
Itching began in my arches and calves then it began around my beltline. I suspected laundry soap. I went to 'free'. No change in anything. I had relief in the summer. Sun cannot play a part in my experience. Now that fall is upon us in PA itching began in earnest. Arches, calves and now for the first the neck and upper chest area. Itches day and night and of course awakes me at night. Creams do not help! Temporary relief is before leaving the shower, I use the wand and turn the hot water up and soak the affected areas. It stings. Immediately I turn on the cold water and douse the same areas. This will give relief enough to get to sleep and sometimes the entire night,. I also take a cold pack with me to relive any stubborn areas. I do not see anyone suspecting laundry soap. Does this play a part? Are there any products especially forumlated for us. My 'free' product does not say it is free of petroleum byproducts. .
I have been afflicted with this painful arm burning and itching for 7 years. It seems to be seasonal - starting in September after summer and lasting 2-3 months. The pain and itching is worse at night and only relieved by ice packs. I have seen physicians and been prescribed topical creams, taken steroids and antihistamines but nothing relieves this debilitating problem. I believe it is triggered by sun exposure but only during this time of year. It seems to be nerve pain as it travels year to year from shoulders to forearms - possibly following a nerve. It affects both arms at the same spot each time. It is a burning, tingling, prickling type of pain and is only relieved by ice. I found others on this site who are afflicted with this pain - but ice seems to be the only remedy and I have found no real cause. I wonder if it affects females more than males and if others have found this to be seasonal. Because it causes sleepless nights, it has become debilitating over the years. At times I think that I am crazy because there is no rash or marks unless I claw myself during the night. I hope that one day I can find a cause and cure.
I am here with the same thing in hopes of some help!! I've read the first page and I thought I could have written this myself!! I am printing the rest off to read tonight (i am at work ughhhh) I'm so shocked to see that I am not alone in this! No one I know has this problem and I've been really frustrated with it.
I have found relief and hope it lasts. What I have done is switch to "free" detergent and use no softners either. And a product that has made an amazing difference for me is Aveeno Skin Relief Shower & Bath Oil. It claims to be a moisturizing formula for relief of dry itchy skin. At the end of my showering, I squirt some on my arms and just rub in. So far this is the first fall I have been almost itch free, I have used benedryl and it does help somewhat but not like this simple shower solution has. Good luck to all
After 8 years of suffering this painful itching burning on my arms, I went for an x ray of my neck. Never had any problems with my neck, but was advised by physician friends. It turns out, I have a significant degenerative disease, pushing on the nerves causing this problem. Seeing a neck specialist today, to hopefully get an answer. The problem only bothers me setpember through December, but possibly due to changes in barometric pressure and in the evening and overnight due to changes in body fluids. I advise all to get MRI of the neck. I have read this before, but because I never had neck problems, didn't see the purpose. The condition is called Brachioradial pruritis. Neck problems and sun exposure have been linked. I hope that you all find relief! Hopefully my nights with painful arms and icepacks will come to an end.
I have had the same problem yall are describing I've had it for 2 years...I notice that stress and anxiety seems to make it worse. Mine is the upper forearms all the way to my fingers and on my knees down to my toes...The more I scratch the more it itches, I will claw till there is absolutely NO SKIN left. I work at a Police Dept. and they all kid me about having meth sores. When its really bad I probably look like I DO have Meth Sores, It gets embarrassing when I have several scabbs from where I have scratched so much.
I have been to Dr. after Dr. and I've used what they gave me, Creams, steriods, antibiotics and it gets better but then it comes back. Mine seems to be worse in the Fall but I do have year round spurts of this too!!
I bought some capsasian but I have small children and I'm afraid that when I use it, it might rub off on them. I'm going to try it when they are not around, which isn't often. I've never tried the Ice packs but the next attack I have I will try it.
What concerns me is Seems that No Dr's I've seen knows WHAT is causing it!! I would really LOVE to know the Root of the Problem as well as treatment for the problem.
I too was told the itching on my arms was from a whiplash accident. It is funny cause it only happens when it turns could out. This time though my legs itched too which is not from a whiplash accident they said. They ran a lot of tests such as a check for cancer of the limpnodes in the chest, they check for Hepatitis B and C because I have tatoos and according to them, itching of the body is a symptom of those I listed. Everything came back negative so I am chalking this severe intense itch due to the change in the weather (cold). It mostly bothers me at night and keeps me up. I think the reason it bothers people more at night is due to changes in bodily fluids etc.
After going from Dr. to Dr. with them scratching their heads in confusuion. I asked my Family Dr. if it could be the clonopin that I am taking and she said It very well could be....I have been on it a little over 2 years and I have had this itching problem for about 2 years. I got online to look at the side effects and one of the side effects were.."Skin Disorders" Why Hadn't a Dr. thought of this!?!?!
I have not had a Clonopin in over a week (she replaced it with another pill to help me sleep :-)) I have not had the first problem with itching!!! I am Hopeing and Praying that is the problem
I just wanted to pass this information along to everyone, Incase you are taking clonopin that could be the problem for you too!!
I have had itchy forearms at bend of arm, above and below for over 5 years now. Lots of tests, labs, nothing. steroids help but only temporarily and do not like the side effects.
Interestingly enough, I was diagnosed with a blood clot in Jan 2009 and had to go on blood thinners until July...after being on them for months the itching went totally away. When they were stopped, the itching came back just as bad as ever.
Have sent to about 5 different doctors ranging from internist, gyn, allergist, dermotologist and noone has helped. i itch all over, but the arms is what is intolerable only relieved by ice packs.
Hello, I have severe itching of my forearms also and have had this for maybe the last five years. I'm 49 yrs old now, male, in excellent health with zero chronic issues really. This year seems to be the worst year for my itching, or maybe I should say "season". It seems that this only happens in the winter when it is colder and dryer. I never have this issue in the spring, summer, or fall and I spend many days outside in the sun playing tennis and golf, but always use sunscreen and moisturizer some so I don't get dry. It just doesn't happen except in the winter. I disagree with members like drrajgopal18 who throw out a ton of VERY SCARY conditions when they have not examined this person or reviewed their entire medical history. We aren't on these forums to get scared, but to get logical common sense feedback to our inquiries so we can think them through better.
As for how I deal with my itch, it really isn't a debilitating thing to me, even though it is very severe. I use VASOLINE to manage it. You simply rub fresh Vasoline on the area that itches and it will subside. If it's one of the worse episodes, it could take a few minutes, but for some reason VASOLINE works. My wife had severe psoriasis when young and this was how they treated it then. She told me to use Vasoline. Previously I was putting cortisone creams and other similar things, some doctor prescribed, and even ice, but they were not enough. My "season" is usually about three months long, but have noticed that this year after the first month of using Vasoline it subsided considerably on it's own.
Good luck to any of you reading this and I truly hope you all have a very prosperous New Year!
Thank you for the very common sense, the remedy seems so simple, although I never thought of it. I'm with you though, I don't think it amounts to anything more than dry skin. Let's face it, winter time we probably, (I know I do) stay in the hot shower longer. Great advice thank you!
I agree with too Itchy. To get a good nights sleep....I pack my arms with ice packs.
The doctors do tests...and more tests....and write prescriptions that do not work.
Ice is the only thing that works for me. I eat very healthy, organic and hormone free.
I'm off all prescription drugs. I have allergies to metals and dairy. Maybe in time
will figure out, whatever else I am allergic too. Takes time but I understand the desire
for 'relief' in needed now. Ice works fast and is cheap.
Hi, saw your painful and itchy arms question. I strongly suggest you have your doctor give you a complete blood test. I have these symptoms with Polycythemia. I am not saying you have it, but a blood test can diagnose many things.
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I had horrible itchy arms with no rash for 2 years. It was a burning itch, that was made worse by scratching. My itching was only on my arms and across my chest...Occasionally, I would itch on my legs...Taking a bath or a shower seemed to trigger these attacks. For a while, I thought I was allergic to water!!
SO, I went to my local doctor and he said I had contact dermatitis and gave me a steroid cream to use. Well, this did absolutely no good at all...in fact, my itch got worse! Then I decided to get detergent for sensitive skin, I changed my soap and lotions to the fragrance free, hypoallergenic type, and tried every itch product on the shelves...Nothing eased the itch.
I finally got an appointment with an internist for a complete examination. She told me that no topical cream would help, because my problem was coming from inside...she said it was systemic. Then, my blood work revealed that I had higher than normal blood counts and I was sent to a hematologist.
He did some tests of his own, and diagnosed me with polycythemia vera. That was the cause of my itching!!! Since I have been having treatment for polycythemia, my itching has subsided. Now, when I feel an itching episode coming on, (yes, I can feel one coming on!) I take a claritin tablet and the itching goes away. For a while I took a claritin every day. Benedryl also helps, but makes me drowsy....Claritin is non-drowsy.
For those of you who can't find relief from your itching, I would advise a complete physical to rule out a blood disorder like mine. PV causes elevated histamine levels in the body which causes the itching.