Are you itching now
As soon as winter started my skin went crazy. At first it was just in the gym, then it was at work, then it was at home. When strange illnesses hit you think your dying. I have to admit I feel like I wasted a lot of money over the past six months with multiple doctor visits and very little results.
Itchy skin is linked to many major illnesses so the first step was blood work, to rule out kidney issues or any other failing organs. All the blood work came back normal. In the mean time a few steroid shots seem to calm the itchy skin, but not completely. Next the anxiety started. I truly believe the anxiety was due to the fear of an itchy skin break out in public and no where to hide and scratch.
So the next suggestion from my doctor was a prescription for anxiety that I took for thirty days reluctantly. Making me feel crazier about my illness. I’m just not big on prescriptions so I made it as long as I could.
The next few items are a few changes I made on my own just to see if I would start to feel better.
Taking a Claritin gel cap once a day, because I'm pretty sure this is allergy related in some way. I remembered taking allergy medicine when I was younger so I found one that I could handle. Zyrtec was too strong for me but it works great!
Good bye Tide ....
I love tide but while looking for true happiness. Changing my laundry detergent was one of the hardest choices. I changed to All free and clear laundry detergent. I'm still using a Downey ball though.
Cetaphil saved my life
The third change I made was I gave up all my loving girly soap and now use Cetaphil soap & lotion. I can take a shower and get out and not go into itching shock. The lotion has also made my skin feel nice and smooth. It is a little more expensive but it's worth it and the stores offer a discount if you buy multiples.
Also drinking a lot of water helps too; when I'm dehydrated the itching seemed to happen more. So as an extreme measure I have not had coffee for almost a month. I noticed that coffee helped me to not eat and drink enough. I've been trying some green teas, and a white tea. I also found a tea called pu erh tea thanks to a doctor oz suggestion and it's black and yummy in the morning.
I'm thankful for my doctor but next time I may skip out on all those co pays. Making a few changes at seemed to do the trick, I'm just glad I'm not breaking out with the itchy hands and arms in public. I thought I was all alone until more people started to tell me they were suffering from the same issues.
As an update for now in 2013 I did not like the celexa at all but I've been taking Doxepin for a few months. It helps with sleep and I've found that when I stay on track I don't have the random anxiety itch attacks.
© Alice F Spencer