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Stress itching?

Feb 12, 2016 8:25 PM

Really quick question. I know everyone has different reactions to stress, but late last night, I've started itching to high heaven. No rhyme or reason to it, no rash, fever, chills. Nothing like that. Just received what could be a sight-threatening diagnosis so at this point, I'm guessing it's probably stress. Anybody have any ideas to get it to stop at least temporarily? It's driving me freaking crazy tonight!!!!

Feb 12, 2016 9:19 PM

Every since I was young I did this. I actually would itch my skin so bad id bleed. The only way I was able to stop myself was to cut my nails pretty short. If your nails are long enough to scratch with them cut them just in case. Another thing I use to do was put a excessive amounts of lotion, protrolim jelly, anything to put a good layer on my skin. And sometimes the feeling of scrathing at it isn't a good feeling. I stoped doing this a few years back, not sure why.I hope this was just a weird thing happening for you, but I do wish you luck in getting it to not happen again. I hope I helped lol

Feb 12, 2016 9:20 PM

Also I actually did it when I had really bad anxiety so it might not be the same thing, but who knoes

Feb 12, 2016 9:44 PM

Amanda, yes... I get this incessant itching that is so deep and when you scratch sometimes it hurts and sometimes it feels good and gets rid of the itch until you actually stop scratching. Stress can and does make the itching worse. Try oatmeal baths and Aveno Moisturizing Body Lotion with oatmeal. They should help to soothe you. {{{Hugs}}} πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»

Feb 12, 2016 9:54 PM

Alwayz, just got out of a warm baking soda bath and that seemed to do the trick for now. Hoping that will hold me over night.

Feb 12, 2016 9:56 PM

Cool, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Sleep well, SweetieπŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»

Feb 12, 2016 10:07 PM

I was itching and sneezing today so badly cuz it felt like I had ants under my skin EVERYWHERE!! My mom thought it might be yet another withdrawal effect from duloxetine. She gave me a benadryl (which knocked me out after a bit) and used her amazing nails to scratch my back. When I woke up from the benadryl coma, it was better, but now building up again. In still on 60mg of duloxetine, dropped from 120.... don't have the money to get smaller doses and it's capsules. I'm terrified to drop the last 60 but I gotta. I'm so sick and have been for a week. Everything hurts and stings and my balance comes and goes and I sleep constantly, cry at everything and get angry and then fall into despair... And this goes round and round the day. Then you throw the stressors and illness in and I'm going to end up in a mental ward if this continues.... And I've only got about a week and a half of pills left. Watch for me in the papers I guess..... I'm terrified. Anyone got any ideas?

Feb 12, 2016 10:11 PM

PhoenixRising I am with you going thru withdrawal from cymbalta. I have to wait till my 90 day supply comes in. My mom is even out of hers too. Keep strong!

Feb 12, 2016 10:15 PM

I have bad stress itching and gold bond works for me. It cools my skin right on down.

Feb 12, 2016 11:43 PM

Finally gave in and took 50 mg of Benadryl. Just could NOT cope with it.

Feb 13, 2016 12:17 AM

You can ask your physician for a prescription called Aterax or generic hydoxozine 25 mg. it is used exactly for stress related itching. It is not a risky drug. It has been out forever. It wouldn't surprise me if they made it over the counter some day. But I don't think anyone's doctor would mind giving them this medicine if they asked. I hope this helped. I am not trying to push pills. I have just taken this for that problem.

Feb 13, 2016 8:59 AM

Amanda, I've had itching for no reason for over a year. I use benadryl ointments and oatmeal lotions. I oppose it calms down soon. πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Feb 14, 2016 3:43 AM

I use gold bond diabetic lotion..I'm not diabetic, but it helps me alot.

Feb 14, 2016 5:23 AM

My Dr gave me Lorratadine tablets for itching. Really helps but yes another pill

Feb 14, 2016 1:35 PM

Lortatadine is allegra. I was taking it for my hives due to an autoimmune attack but it doesn't help me. Waiting for insurance approval of Xolair shots. A dermatologist recommended sarna lotion for itchy skin and it helps my other issues

Feb 14, 2016 2:15 PM

Sham, Allegra usually doesn't help me either. The only thing that I have found that helps for both the itching and anxiety is Vistaril but it knocks me the crap out.

Feb 14, 2016 11:29 PM

Wow i wasn't itchy til I read all these itchy posts.Stress and anxiety increase any biological responses..it you itch occasionally, you will itch more...Amanda I hope you are feeling better and can learn some relaxation tips that work for you. I realize you are having to cope with so many problems. I am hopeful for you everyday, and I think you are smarter than you give yourself credit for. So , rest easy, don't pick or scratch already irritated skin. I hope you are resting easy tonight! Love and Blessings, Terri

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