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Old 10-15-2009, 10:09 AM   #1
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Itching & Bruising

Lately I notice that my skin itches a lot more than usual. The problem mainly occurs on my legs, but it's normal for it to happen anywhere (just the most on my legs). My skin is not dry and I regularly use body lotion. I thought maybe it was an allergic reaction/irritation from scented products, so I switched to unscented laundry detergent and unscented Curel lotion, but months later, it still happens just as bad. Since I didn't notice an improvement, I switched back to my scented body lotion since I liked it better. I still use unscented detergent on my clothing. I wear simple clothes made out of cotton and other simple fabrics that shouldn't be bothering me.

Perhaps this can be from the water? The city I live in does have harder water with a lot of minerals. Other than this, I'm not sure what else it may be. There aren't a lot of bugs out at this time of year and I don't have any bites or marks. I do get some allergies, so that's another possibly that something outside is bothering me that gets in the air all around me.

Lately I wake up with very large bruises on my legs from my scratching very hard at night. It's hard for me to relieve the itching. I get a mild rash from scratching too much, as well as the brusing. I have solar nails over my real nails, which make them smoother and less scratchy, so I don't break my skin that often from scratching. I bruise easily now, but I am not anemic and my recent blood test came out normal. I'm a very healthy person, get regular exercise, and eat a healthy diet.

Anyone have any ideas of what I should look into to help with this? It's annoying because I often get red and blotchy in itchy areas.

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