Along with various other health issues, I've had chronically itchy skin for the past 2 years. The area affected is mainly around my torso. This is not a dry-skin itch. Scratching makes it worse. Sometimes there are tiny bumps or pimples, but often there is nothing noticeable at the site of the itch. I've switched soaps, shampoos, lotions, laundry detergents, the food I eat, etc. I shower with luke-warm water and don't use soap at all on that part of my body. I've also tried Apple Cider Vinegar, witch hazel, tea tree oil, you name it and I've tried it. Nothing really helped. Then about a month ago I started taking krill oil because it's supposed to be good for muscles and joints. Supposedly it has properties that ordinary fish oil doesn't have. I haven't noticed any difference with my joints, but within just a few days of starting the krill oil, almost all the itching and pimply rashes around my waist disappeared. I haven't stopped taking the oil so I don't know if it just medicates or if it eventually cures the problem. Either way, it's a big sigh of relief to get rid of the itch without using topical drugs. Take one krill oil softgel twice a day. Be sure to get 100 percent krill oil. Some brands are better than others. Check the list of ingredients on the bottle to make sure it isn't mostly fish oil.
EC: Excerpts from Wikipedia's entry on Krill Oil here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krill_oil
"Several studies have shown toxic residues in Antarctic krill and fish..."
..."The harvesting of antarctic krill is relatively new. At present, no limits have been placed on the amount of Krill that can be harvested. This has caused a number of Marine biologists to express concern over the lack of research into the effect that such exploitation of Krill may have, not just to the long term survival of several species of baleen whales and the Adelie Penguin; but also in terms of other animals further up the food chain. In this regard, Antarctic Krill is fundamental to the survival of almost every species of animal that lives in the Antarctic or sub-Antarctic waters and island groups .
I was having intensely itching ankles. The only thing that would help was hot water in the shower but I had to be careful not to overheat them.
I had gone to a couple of dermatologists but got no useful diagnosis or cure. Then I went to a young dermatologist checking for skin cancer on my hands and mentioned the itching ankle problem. She looked at my feet and immediately said the problem was fungus.
I knew something had not been right beneath my big toenails but had not given it much thought. She prescribed "LUZU" (Luliconazole cream 1%). After a few applications the itching never occurred again. It has been a several months and I see that the new toenail growth looks much different than the older nail area. There is a clearly visible demarcation.
This might not be YOUR problem but it definitely was MY problem and was easily cured. It had been plaguing me for several years and has not occurred since the application of LUZU...
Just thought I'd mention it just in case it helps someone else...
I've been spraying myself with Hydrogen Peroxide and after - another bottle of 50% Club Soda with 25% Vodka and 25% White Vinegar. At first it helped but last night wanted to do jumping jacks and scream, and had to spray like every 5/10 minutes on my feet, hands, neck, etc.....used Tea Tree Essential Oil today, and Gold Bond Anti-itch cream..... So while getting through dinner, had to spray with both again on forearms, hands and elbows, then squeezed a tangerine over the skin, and honestly I've stopped in all those area's, it actually feels cooling and soothing, but I hope that lasts.
I know Trish from Trish's Salt and Scrubs made this concoction with essential oils that stopped and ended her psorasis, I know she probably has something for severely itchy skin. I'am out of Theives Essential Oil, and when I get pneumonia in the summers that and other oils are the best to put on the back of my neck and down my spine.
For me, this started 3 months ago right after each of the 2 Quantum Biofeedback Sessions, which I got to rid of eye pain, and I never got any money back and would never have that done again, unless it's from someone very hightly intuitive instead of trained to follow procedure. I ended up using tap water and Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar to rid of the eye infection in 3 days. But you can try this and see it if works but likewise, everyone's different, I'am about to check earthclinc and Chinese and Indian methods for itch. I would add Hydrogen Peroxide and Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar with Club Soda but apparently your not supposed to mix HP and Vinegar.
It's possible it could be a reaction to the Kirkland Costco 100% Recycled Foam Dog Bed (threw that out weeks ago, our beagle has an orthopeadic bed now)....or it could of been possibly the fact we put out dog onto a parasite cleanse at 7 years and everything outside is complete snow-ice at freezing levels.....??, but the clementine trick really did help after the spray with Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) and then Club Soda > 50%, Vodka >25%, White Vinegar 25%, it also makes a great air freshener and cleans mirrors too, just add any essential oil to it that you like.
I've heard from one doctor that taking Aloe Vera Internally could help too.
Please give me any advice you believe will help. I acquired a new Chihuahua 4 months ago and to make the very long story short. She had deep scratches on her face which attributed to heat, but after treatment with oral prednisone and antibiotics the scratches looked better but the itching and scratching never stopped and soon spread to my other dogs and then myself.
I have tried pyrethrin shampoos, one dog was treated with oral ivermectrin, I have used frontline plus on them. I got a prescription for permethrin creme for myself and I showered using the pyrethrins dog shampoo on myself. Nothing worked.
Then I tried diatomaceous earth, and neem oil inside and out and on me and my dogs. I treated my yard, house, driveway, furniture, curtains, everything with insecticide, did nothing to stop the itching.
I spread cedar shaving and pine shaving everywhere. I've bleached everything possible, even spraying some on myself one day.
I've dipped the dogs in apple cider vinegar, which seemed to relieve the itching for a couple of hours. I soap up and shower every night followed by spraying diluted apple cider vinegar on me keeping it on for a few minutes, then rinsing it off. Then I rub skin so soft all over me, followed with antifungal cream or powder. In the mornings I put on more skin so soft and antifungal medication. Nothing really works this just enables me to sleep a little while (if I take a sleeping pill).
Hydrocortizone creams, antifungal creams, menthol lotions all seem to help temporarily, but nothing gets rid of this.
I soak the clothing that can not be bleached in peppermint oil. I've showered with several differnt kinds of antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial soaps, tea tree shampoos.
I sprayed myself, my dogs, my house twice now with cedarcide 4 days apart. The first spraying seemed to help, so I was pretty assured that this would work, so I tried it again. before I could even finish applying the second round the itching was increasing on me and my dogs, my heart sank.
I am desperate. I am on disability and so money is a real problem getting any treatment along with the embarrassment of hearing my doctor and my vet calling it parsitetosis. I raise Chihuahuas, like all my dogs have parasitetosis also.
So my son suggested your site but I am very confused which treatment will work for me. I have itching, burning constantly. I feel pin prick bites. My skin feels like fiberglass is rubbing against it. No bugs of any sort have been found on me or the dogs. My vet has done a black light inspection of my dogs, a deep skin scraping, and checked the skin flaking under the microscope. I have no visible bite marks. My skin feels constantly irritated, everywhere. I mean absolutely everywhere, no part of my body is itch frre. I feel the itchy burning sensations from my privates to inside my nostrils. Ther only place that is not affected as much is my scalp. I figure that is due to hairspray, which must stop it a little. Oh even my eyes itch, the eyelids and eyeballs.
I no longer have the orginal Chihuahua that started all this. I sent her back thinking she may be a carrier of something...that did no good, the bug is still here. I am the only one who itches. My eldest son stays with me alot and he has no itching.
So I am lost as to what to try next. I have used borax in my laundry, but I didn't use it with peroxide and I am confused as to how much borax and how much peroxide to use and do I use it in how water with detergent and bleach?
Please help I am feeling so hopeless. Thank you so much for listening to me and thank you in advance for any advice you can give me.
"Hello There" - it's me again!
Sadly, I have recently experienced a flare-up of that awful and debilitating itchiness. which I normally get after cutting my tall hedge (long story there). Keeps me awake at night! Usually a bath or long shower, with thorough shampooing/rinsing and judicious application of 50/50 ACV and water spray afterwards does the trick but this time - no hedge trimming to blame however! What to do?
Maybe I just have an acidic body? I have been told I have to exchange my body for a more alkaline, user friendly and up to date model/version and I will be led to sweetness and light, golden, upland pastures!!
I have trawled through the Itch Section here on the E.C. website, and, whilst there are many useful suggestions therein, I would like to add my own contribution if I may.
We have a product down here at the bottom of the World that has the following ingredients in it: carrageen, jojoba, eucalyptus, turpentine, pine, (EV) olive oil, menthol, cinnamon, aloe vera, camphor, peppermint and acacia gum. They are putting the above ingredients into U.V. light-treated rainwater, along with a couple of other magical things and christened it as "Chronic Itch Relief" and touting it as being effective for dry, irritated, itchy skin. This one is for external use only and one must keep it away from eyes and other sensitive areas.
Well, the secret is out!! I tried it this evening and relief was immediate and am hoping the beneficial effects will last. Will try to keep you posted.
It's nice to know that help is at hand "out there" sometimes when one is most in need of it.
Cheers from Down Under
The back of my scalp itched for almost three years; I've been taking probiotics and can honestly say that the itch stopped soon after beginning..... Might be worth a try!
ITCHY SKIN GONE!,
I am going to try to make this short. I started to have itchy skin about 25 years ago. It was right after an evening shower, I still had my towel on and the itch hit me in my lower legs. I scratched so deep that I had left long red gouges in my legs and the itch still wouldn't stop!
After a long period of time, I had come to realize that I couldn't take any more showers and I had limited my baths, but I had no issues with baths....until about 5 years ago. After going to bed and having a bath earlier that evening, I started to have an itch and it intensified to the point where I felt like needles were being poked into my skin!
After trying "almost" everything; it was during another bath, I was doing my 5th or 6th attempt at "a rub a layer of bath salts' onto my skin and wait there for an hour until it stopped burning(...still didn't help) that if only I could get rid of this skin, so I grabbed my pumice stone and started rubbing my skin with it. After a minute of rubbing, I noticed that it was actually removing dead skin. EUREKA! This was the ticket! From then on unto today, I haven't had any, nothing, nada, itchy skin! PRAISE THE LORD, because he made me persistent!
So according to my observations, I had to remove that dead skin, and nothing else worked. I tried everything. 'THAT DEAD SKIN HAS TO BE REMOVED! ' Your good skin underneath needs to breath.
So, what I do is once a week, during one of my baths, I will soak for awhile, then I stand up, take my pumice stone and gently rub in small circles where I need it until the dead skin comes off. Sometimes it comes off right away, sometimes it takes a little longer (soak a little longer and then try again). Be warned though, if you rub too hard, you will scratch yourself....I have done it many times.
You can't do it inside the water, and it doesn't work for me in the shower...just not enough heat and moisture to softening the dead skin so that it can be easily removed.
I have plastered my self with all kinds of lotions from bad to good - coconut & olive oil..organic! ; itch creams; used all kinds of scrubbers, and a lava stone, but it was too rough for my skin. Nothing works like the pumice stone, nothing. My skin wasn't getting the benefit of the oils because of the layer of the dead skin.
I hope this will also be your remedy for itchy skin.
I thank my Lord and Saviour for guiding me.
I tried everything under the sun for an extremely itchy skin condition that started out in what appeared to be hives. Suffered 6 months until a skin specialist in a retail health/ beauty store told me that I should use Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil on the affected areas. She said it would also fade the scars over time. She said they would fade naturally anyway in 1-2 yrs. This is what finally helped me. The itchiness started to be relieved right away. She said that I can also mix some of the seed oil with another oil or with skin cream to make it last longer. Also safe for kids. Can be used internally. Good for all types of skin conditions like rosacea, dermatitis etc. This has been a lifesaver. Important: Make sure to use the sea buckthorn SEED OIL for skin conditions. NOT the sea buckthorn fruit oil.
Hi, I have Hep B since 2009, I was taken so many treatment not to the control the virus replicate but finally I got one doctor no from Earth clinic, H advice to take BHT, I am taking since last three month it is quit egood and my viral load are completely came down and the ALT, AST seems to good, but I hve the itching in whole body and it is mange to terrible the doctor said to take BORAX with baking soda it not to control fully the itching is running the hole body and I having the brain fog also any one can suggest the medicine for this would be appreciate.please. Regards, Ranjith
Severely Itchy Skin Remedies
I have been having itchy skin and a rash on and off for almost a year now. It started several months after I broke my leg, (have a titanium rod and screws). I'm almost insane because of this and very fatigue from lack of sleep do to the itching. I'm a 48 year old female (perimenapausal). I have been to the dermatologist multitudes of times, but no relief. I have had many blood test done, not sure what they all were. I had two skin biopsies which said I was negative for fungal forms. Lab report said I had vascular changes and mixed cell dermatitis with focal fibrin, also hypersensitivity which can be secondary to drug or anthropod bite reaction and possibility of urticaria vasculitis. Basically the lab report wasn't clear on a specific diagnosis. The Dr said that I didn't have urticaria vasculitis. I had allery test done which showed that I'm allergic to mold and cockroaches. I have tried different steroid creams and shots. I was prescribed allergy medicines including hydroxyz.
The remedies I have done on my own are oatmeals baths, aloe vera, drinking APV which I stooped after getting mouth ulcers. Baking soda paste which helped temporarily plus applied adv directly to skin which helped very little. I've used tea tree oil and coconut oil, my skin feels soft but still itching. Four days ago I started borax peroxide baths and scrubs. I have checked my mattresses for insects and nothing. I vacuum my mattress and cloth furniture on a regular basis. Yesterday I cleaned my sofa and chairs with borax peroxide mixture which has helped a little. I clean my bedding weekly.
I have an indoor cat and I check and clean his ears on a regular basis. I don't bath him often, but I never see him scratching and his fur looks healthy. My dog comes in for a few minutes in the evenings. She looks healthy as well.
My itching started on the leg I broke. It then went to my lower back shoulders breast and abdomen, also my hips but there is never a rash there. I have showed the rash to several other doctors and they don't know what I have. I wonder if this could be some sort of parasite. I have stopped several of my medicines including bio identical hormones to see what happens and so far nothing. I eat a lot of sugar so that's a concern. I am running out of ideas and don't I can live like this. Please help. Any suggestions would be deeply appreciated.
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I found if I use a shower filter that filters our water it stops my skin and scalp from itching like crazy. If you think about it, look at the shower doors and how they build up all the gunk from the water, so does our skin. Perhaps you should have this listed as a remedy. It really makes a difference.
For temporary relief of itching, scratching with your own fingernails doesn't seem to help. I don't know why this works, but scratching with a hair brush having sufficient "bite" seems to calm the itching. How do you choose the right brush? The brush needs to feel harder rather than softer on your skin, but, always comfortable. I found one horse brush that was just stiff enough to do the trick. If you choose a brush too soft, it'll have no effect. Too hard, and you'll wince each time you use it. If you choose the right brush, it will "feel just right."
I tried using a teaspoon of table salt, mixed with a little warm water to form a paste. I applied it to the side of my nose (where the crease is) because i have a very itchy patch of skin there that I can't seem to stop scratching! Putting salt on itchy skin works! It breaks the scratch/itch cycle, but eating garlic everyday will help also!
I have tried Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil. I find that Tea Tree Oil is best if placed first, and then about a few hrs later, the application of ACV should relieve it. Give it about 3 days, and there ought to be no itch. I love ACV!!!!
I sometimes get really itchy to the point I have trouble sleeping at night. Dr's gave me a prescription that makes me sleepy so I can't take during the day.
I found a tea tree oil & chamomile itch relief lotion from iherb that works great. This is the only lotion that has ever worked. Sometimes I have to put on twice a day and the other downside is that is very strong smelling. But who cares when you're itching so bad.