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Question: itching arms

 saroya - Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:23 pm

The ithcing started about four years ago with raised white spots on my arms, very small. I could pry off the raised part and it would heal flat. There was occasional itching in a few. This progressed to very itchy invisible points that would only show up when scratched. It would often be in only one arm at a time, or predominantly so. It began near and on the back of my hands and progressed uup the arms over a couple of years to the backs of the shoulders. It has never gone further. It can now show up anywhere on the arms, often near the elbow crease. I have tried msm creams, various lotions, salves, tea tree oil, lavendar oil, and nothing has worked. I was a dermatologist who ran urinalysis and bood test and came up with an elevated rhuematoid level, but nothing else. Is worst at night. Help!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:21 pm

User avatar Hi Saroya,

You may have a hyper-histamine condition where the body is releasing too much histamine. Histamine can be a significant cause of itching. You may want to try taking a dose of diphenhydramine (Benadryl) to see if this helps. Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine and will block the effects of these conditions (at least to some degree). If this helps there are other antihistamines that may work better and be less sedating than diphenhydramine. The oral form will be more effective than topical creams.

Follow up with a doctor is important.

Best wishes.

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