At xmas this year I had it again. This time on both outer thighs. I also broke out in small itchy bumps on the elbows and hands. My feet developed the same problems so I couldn't walk. My hands were tight feeling and very itchy. Nothing seemed to stop it. The bumps seemed to be located on my knuckles, sides of fingers and where joints are in the hand. It finally cleared up (although I don't think it had anything to do with what I was doing)
In March I broke out again, this time on the thighs, hands and elbows only. Went to the Dr, blood work came back normal. Went to a dermatoligist who took a punch test, one on my hand and one on my thigh. Nothing came back....Im all clear. Just some sort of dermatitis. He gave me a Rx for a sedative/antihistimine and that seemed to help a bit.
Since then I have had the occasional bump appear and the tightness through my hands. I usually take a couple of the RX and it goes away. Unfortunately I have once again broken out and it doesn't seem to be going away with the Rx. I have one elbow, one thigh and my hands broken out. The hands aren't as bad as they have been, but still impede my work.
Im getting to the end of my rope. I can't sleep when Im itching, nothing seems to be clearing it up and the Dr's have no idea what it is. Please tell me someone here suffers the same issues and has some idea what it is.
I found this on the web, but not sure it is this. I have the same symptoms on my elbows and hands, but the itching is not that bad
What Are the Symptoms of Eczema?
The appearance of eczema can vary from person to person. In adults, eczema occurs most frequently on the hands and elbows, and in "bending" areas such as the inside of the elbows and back of the knees. In young children, eczema is often seen on the elbows, knees, face, neck, and scalp.
I can certainly sympathize with you, and offer my support. I've been dealing with this for about three, maybe four years now (I'll have to take a serious look and see when this might have started). All I know is that I seem to have run out of rope a long time ago.
Both sides of my ring finger and inside of the little fingers on my left hand, both sides of middle finger of the right, a bit on my right elbow, but recurring on the left, sometimes along both forearms and into the heel of my hand(s), various spots on my back, thighs and smaller spots on calves, and most recently, around the edge of my hair (on my head) above my ears and right at the back where it's trimmed. Oh yeah, and a wicked itchy one on my left foot.
I have seen three dermatologists (a funny story for later), I have tried more than nine different creams, ointments and lotions (Coal tar with something (smells like Dubbin), Bactine spray, Polysporin (Now with Snoids!), various skin moisturizers, Amcinonide, Protopic, Betaderm, Lyderm (both with menthol and camphor) and most recently, Dovobet), I've fallen asleep on four different anthistamines, I have nine different packages of bandaids in my medicine cabinet, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. (I have pictures of all of this, if you're interested. ZZZzzz...)
Most recently, a combination of the Dovobet and the Lyderm have helped the skin heal over considerably, though not permanently. Most maddening, and most importantly, nothing really has worked to stop the itch. Though the skin itself is much stronger (though it is starting to break out again), the itch is there, maybe even stronger than before. I was in New York City for the very first time this past July (yes, there's a story there, too). It was 37C, and my hands were a sore, blistered, itchy mess as my brother and I wandered the streets of Chelsea. There were/are times I entertain the thought of removing my fingers or slicing off other areas of my anatomy. (I'm not nuts, and not about to do something so drastic, mostly because I can't type very fast with my elbows and I'd rather use my knives for choppin' broccoleah...). But, the sensation does approach that of running a cigarette lighter up and down your arm until you can't stand it. Believe me; I've tried it. More than once.
Hot water in a shower is probably the worst thing you can do (for your skin, that is), but the sensation can be as powerful as a full-tilt orgasm, or actually, that incredible feeling just before the big event. I've nearly passed out a couple of times over the power of the sensation of a strong stream of hot water on my forearms and hands. Nothing rude, just standing there with my forearms under the shower (Tingleking showerhead - the best ever, especially if you have decent water pressure - about $10 at Home Depot) And yet, right now, as I'm typing this, the only thing I really feel is that one on my foot. It's like the worst bug bite you've ever had, times three (there are three spots in a row).
I'm pretty sure it's somehow related to my nervous system. I had TENS and Accustim therapy at physio for my back and a right-arm RSI (another potentially interesting story for later) a few years ago. The therapy is based on Chinese acupuncture theory, which shows how the body is connected on a signal send-receive network level, and how nerves in seemingly unconnected areas will pass electrical signals to remote parts of the body. Both systems induce a series of small electrical pulses which stimulate the nerves, releasing endorphins, the same as does accupuncture or a good painkiller. Muscles relax and rebuild, strain goes away, and the endorphins make you feel good.
Sorry, back to the story. So one of the patterns of pulses for my right arm has me placing the probe on either side of my right middle finger just above the knuckle, for 30 seconds each. That stimulates a set of nerves that runs all the way up the arm, across the elbow, up around the shoulder and into that bundle of muscle that connects your shoulder blade with your back. You know, the one that if you get someone to press on that particular spot, you get some temporary relief. Anyway, several of the contact spots are in the same places that some of these skin irritations appear.
For example, my left elbow has a breakout on either side of the tunnel that the nerves pass through. The best way to handle it from a protection perspective is to use a decent quaity cloth knuckle bandaid (looks like an 'H') and a dab of one of the two above mentioned remedies. Properly applied, it can last 2-4 days, giving the skin a chance to heal up. Without the protection (and I've tried everything from bandaids to skin patches, to spray and paint on protection), my elbows and hands become a, well, I can't say a bloody mess as there is rarely any blood, but there is that clear weeping liquid that gets all over the armrests of chairs, the sill of my car door, the inside of a shirtsleeve, etc.
Then, as always, it's back to the itching. Sometimes my shins and calves are so itchy, even though there are no apparent breakouts, I debate getting a rake or at least a fork. It is more deeply situated, under the skin, so a good scratch (I have great fingernails) usually does the trick. But, after a while, you find there are indeed little spots of weakness, just there under the skin waiting for you to unleash them. So, I have to bleach and wash my 600-threadcount sheets every week or two, and I'm just tired of the whole goddamned thing.
I've tried to connect it with my diet (it ain't so great, even though I'm a good cook, I'm lazy, too), but I can't see a pattern. Stress is always high, so maybe I've just worn something out. My liver, maybe? No, I can't find anything to connect the dots. Not chemicals, but I may be allergic to computers (I'm in Tech Support). I spend a good half of my waking hours within feet of a computer, if not physically using or working on one.
So, now it's just after eleven, and I'm tired. I'll check back on this over the next few weeks. In the mean time, if anyone can point me to additional resources, I'd be grateful. I don't know if you're supposed to put your e-mail address here, so I'll hold off on that for now.
I was a little skeptical at first...needles...hmm, no thanks. But my acupuncturist explained everything and assured me it wouldn't hurt. She told me that when you have toxins in your body and you dont flush them out it continues to build within you. I am very allergic to pretty much anything that tastes good. She said "That might be your main problem. You're causing your body inflammation on the inside by eating things it cannot handle and the result is showing up on your skin." She also said "You probably dont drink enough water (this is true) and you dont exercise enough (also true)." Okay, I'll buy that. So I let her stick me with tiny needles. It wasn't painful but I did feel itchiness where some of the needles were placed. I spent half an hour on my stomach and half an hour on my back.
Later that same night, the rashes around my wrists, fingers, knuckles arms and elbows started to lose its red color and wasn't as inflamed. My cracked knuckles were healed the next day! I was impressed. This result lasted until I ate something I was allergic to. SO now I have acupuncture once a month (as a women I get those chocolate cravings during that special time of the month, I cant help it) and since my first session I have lost 20 lbs and 3 inches off my waist. My allergies have forced me into eating healthy and exercising.
If you're like many of us who have tried many different creams, pills or even shots PLEASE CONSIDER ACUPUNCTURE. It's natural and it's safe and it has helped me become functional again. Maybe it will help you too! Google It!
I just thought I would share this info in case it could be helpful to someone else. I do not have the same reaction with regular soda. I don't even try to comsume anything with splenda in it. I figure my body is trying to tell me to stay away from the chemicals. Good luck to all of you. I hope you find relief soon.
I don't remember what caused it, I credit it to stabbing myself underneath the finger with a dirty fork (I worked in a restaurant as a server). Subsequently, I discovered that I had contracted a fungus from my nail technician's dirty tools while having acrylic nails put on. I think that the fungus infected the open wound underneath my nail and triggered my excema (or however you spell it). So, in the last two years I have delt with it, it gets really bad, then worse, then will almost completely go away. it has also spread to my feet - but only my hands and my feet. It appears as patches of small blistersthat pop and ooze some kind of lovely fluid - and ITCH like crazy. I wake up in the middle of the night rubbing my hands together.
Anyhow, I wrote this to recommend trying Vani-Cream. I purchase it on drugstore.com, they also sale soaps and facial cleansers. It won't make it go away, well maybe for you it will, but for me it just controls it. It helps my grandmother as well, who also suffers from this yucky rash. Also, the less you scratch, the better it is.
It all started with a single bump, it was itchy and I was irritable in a small apartment, with no working a/c in the summer, and doing something else; so I itched it like hell with my beard stubble. It got a lot bigger over the course of the day, and eventually the skin broke. It was, at the time in between my thumb and index finger area. After it went away it moved, to my middle finger just before the first knuckle. Bumps appeared on my elbows shortly after this.
I have been using hydrocortisone acetate cream, various name brands - and after a month of use, the eczema receeds. Longest its been gone is about five months, and now its back. It seeps liquid sometimes, particularily if I run it directly under hot water, although it feels really good for a minute it worsens the breakout by a lot, so whatever you do; do not do that!
Yes - it is aspartame - also known as phenilyanaline (sorry thats probably spelt wrong)
The itching starts whenever he eats/drinks anything with this in and the longer and more he eats (usually unintentionally) the worse it will get.
Look out for it in all diet drinks, and diet sweet foods. It is very often in low fat options as well - yoghurts - but can also be in savoury foods such as baked beans.
Anyone suffering from itchy hands or feet, particularly where it does not seem to be atopical dermatitis should try giving up foods with this in for a few weeks
I have this allergy. i had for about two months. The itching is really irritating its predomanatly on my fingers, arms, back shoulder, elbow, down my knee and on my feet. the funny thing about the rash is that it gets bad in the evening just when i am about to go to sleep.
I cant get anything to get rid of it. its the first time i have this itchiness. its really affecting my life.
I went to the doctor and was giving Laura 10 tablets which seem to help but are not getting rid of it. when it gets really itchy i run hot water agaist the rush (on my finger) it seems to relieve the itchiness for a while.
The doctor say i am exposed to something but i cant seem to figure out what it is. i have changed my bedding, painted the house, Thoroughly clean my car.
i really dont know what it is!!