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Old 06-09-2003, 01:51 PM   #1
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Unhappy Itchiness driving me crazy

I have been so itchy on my torso lately that I scratch till I bleed. Especially bad is where my bra touches under my breasts. I have tried limiting the shower length, and I wash with shower gel. I've also liberally applied cream and/or lotion. I have not changed the type of laundry soap in years. Any further suggestions?

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Old 06-10-2003, 03:50 PM   #2
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I have episodes of itching, all over. I use Eucerin Cream, which 2 dermatologists recommended and I still itch so I am convinced it's systemic and nothing topical will help. It's torture, I know...I scratch and can't stop, from head to toe, I even sit here with a backscratcher. Then I'll go months with nothing. When it gets too much to bear, I take a Benadryl, which helps. I don't think I will ever find the cause, sometimes I get little pinpoint sized bumps in the inside of my arm, and this is when the itching acts up. I have been tested for allergies, all negative. It's a mystery...see a dermatologist if you can.

Old 06-10-2003, 08:27 PM   #3
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Do you wear underwire bras? You may be allergic to the metal in the wire. Or you may have a yeast infection under your breasts. It's a very susceptible area due to the fact that in the hot weather you may prespire more under your breasts. If it continues to bother you you may want to check with a dermatologist.

Old 06-11-2003, 04:36 AM   #4
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thanks -- under breasts may be a yeast infection because it's red. Sometimes I wear underwire but not always. Wondering also if it might be elastic that's bothering me. Anyone have an allergy to the elastic? What do you do then for a bra?

Old 06-11-2003, 07:47 PM   #5
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Sometimes, especially in the winter, I get itchy like that and I can tell that it is dry skin. I make sure that I don't bathe twice a day like I sometimes like to do when this happens. Lately, my back has been very itchy and I can tell that it is not dry skin. I tried using head and shoulders refresh formula to wash my back and chest area. The tingling definately helps and the itching did subside. I told this to my derm. when I went to remove some skin tags, etc. on my back and she said that using the head and shoulders was a good idea. I keep forgeting to use it on a regular basis and my back still gets itchy. I wish that I could reach better back there to put something on it. I would try to use some type of anti fungul ointment. In the past, I have had itching on the chest from some type of fungus. If I remember correctly, some of this was under the breast area where the bra elastic was. I think sweating in that area could cause this fungus. I would try a little anti fungal cream such as tinactin, but not on an area with broken skin, and I would wash it off immediately if it burns.

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