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Posted by Jennifer on July 26, 2000 at 16:28:00:

In Reply to: Re: Itchy Arms.... but No Rash!!! posted by CK on May 03, 2000 at 15:31:14:

: I was recently diagnosed with allergies to all formaldehyde AND formaldehyde releasing agents (it comes in MANY different doesn't say "formaldehye" on the labels). This was detected through "patch" testing by a dermatologist. Although I am itchy right now, by being diagnosed and determining what products I couldn't use (which is most lotions & shampoo/conditioner's), I have relief most of the time. I too couldn't sleep for a good part of a year before they finally did the patch testing...Now I sleep very well!

: I also have the same symptoms - itchy arms, no rash. My mother also has had the same problem.
: Also, I have noticed a "tingly", somewhat burning sensation on my arm while driving and the sun shines through the window on my arm. I will research the formaldehyde allergies.

: : I go through spells of having terribly itchy arms - mostly forearms, sometimes shoulders. Feels more like little prickles or bits, but there is not a mark on my skin to show for it. Mostly happens at night, and the itching sensation gets so bad that it wakes me up. Usually I try putting a cold washcloth on the itching area. If I scratch once, then I have to scratch twice, etc etc. Sometimes, by the time I wake up in the morning, I have scratched so much that I have small scabs on my forearms.

: : I have no idea what is causing this. I have many allergies (food, medications, airborne, etc), but can't seem to relate this to anything. Has anyone else had this problem? Any ideas as to what might be causing it?

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