Does anyone here have intense itching? What to do?

By Jan8 Latest Reply 2017-03-11 21:12:36 -0600
Started 2011-09-26 08:13:27 -0500

I have intense itching all over my body and it's driving me crazy.Today i finally tried listerine and it worked fairly well.

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jayne ann
jayne ann 2017-03-11 21:12:36 -0600 Report

Horses get a fungus on their skin from too much rain and you use listerine to get rid of it. Hadn't thought about it for itching. Thanks

ADAM-12 2016-03-30 02:20:38 -0500 Report

I remember when I used tobe married, that I had gotten bitten in between my big toe and 2nd toe, by a tick, that I used my wife's medication called Hydrocodone cream. I used about 1/2 of the small tube and it caused the tick bite to quit itching. I wonder if that cream is in a much larger tube that can be applied on the legs, up to where, the itching ends, so that the itching will stop?

BIllPar 2015-07-09 16:30:27 -0500 Report

Has anyone scientifically considered the relation between hot and itching extremities to very hot chili's? Chili peppers DONT actually burn your tongue, they merely trick your brain into thinking that it is burning. So, would the relief offered to reverse eating a too hot chili, actually relieve the itching around my ankles that is making nutz!!!!!!!!!

Grandmama16 2014-02-25 22:55:49 -0600 Report

I personally got the idea about Listerine because the original formula says it can be used for dandruff or itchy scalp, therefore any itching. I've also used Witch Hazel and various OTC things before Dr gave me pres for a cream.

Grandmama16 2014-01-14 00:48:40 -0600 Report

I'd like to suggest using a soap without perfumes. I've discovered that it makes a difference. I'm confused because the numbness and tingling is in my hands not my feet as most Nueropathy seems to be tho the intense itching is mostly on feet and ankles yet can be in hands too. I don't know if Nuerontin is helping or not but it does make me wobbly and I don't like that. I think I'd rather use Benedryl maybe at night…it'd help with sleep too. Oh gee, it's one thing after another, huh. I'm type 2 and take 1500 mgs of Metformin. I wonder how much other meds have contributed to diabetes and reactions.

Jan8 2014-02-25 09:01:16 -0600 Report

grandma, Neurontin does make you wobbly I think you're right about the Benadryl at night. My neuropathy is eliminated with lyrica and Cymbalta.

Grandmama16 2014-01-09 01:06:29 -0600 Report

Yes, I've had itching on ankles and feet a lot and on hands…other areas too but not as much. Non exhibit a rash. My Dr gave me a pres for a cream which helps and I'm on Nuerontin for burning and numbness on hands too. It has helped with the itching tho I will still get it if I'm stressed. Then it helps to take xanax

Jan8 2014-01-09 06:17:16 -0600 Report

Happy you have found relief ! I take Klonapin ,Cymbalta,and Lirica for peripheral neuropathy in my feet and legs . Helps with stress and some of the itching and pain.

Grandmama16 2014-02-25 23:11:36 -0600 Report

I also take Cymbalta but it didn't help. I didn't even know it's given for itching. It's for depression and fibromyalgia for me. Does Lyrica cause you weight gain? I never wanted to try it due to that and other side effects. I'm still not quite sure what causes the itch.

stormz 2014-01-08 18:47:03 -0600 Report

listerine? I never heard of using that, what made you think of using it? I have some in the house I am going to have to give it a try.

Jan8 2014-01-09 06:20:40 -0600 Report

I was desperate ! I didn't want to cause an infection from all of the itching and I knew it was cooling. It can take the itching away for days.

Anonymous 2017-01-31 03:47:21 -0600 Report

I have diabetic neuropathy. I have noticed that when I get upset, my feet itch like nobody's business and when I am sexually aroused, my right hand itch really bad. After a passionate night with my husband, I was unable to sleep due to my right hand itching. I tried the listerine and instant relief!!!! Thank you so much!!!

Bourne66 2014-01-03 01:25:27 -0600 Report

Get that a bit myself, but the most i get it is when I go bed, so annoying.

Jan8 2014-01-06 07:39:45 -0600 Report

You can try the Listerine treatment. Just pour some on bathroom tissue and rub on. It stops immediately,

Godblessyou 2014-01-02 22:49:11 -0600 Report

Try Sarna lotion. Per wound doctor it can be used daily as needed.
Use a mild soap like dove for sensitive skin.
Stay away from any products with fragrance
Cover up skin to protect it from the elements.
Drink 8 glasses of water daily.

Jan8 2013-06-12 08:58:34 -0500 Report

The derm doc put me on an anitibiotic for 3 mos and I used clobetosol ointment on lesions. It worked but now that I'm off it ,it's come back so I refilled the clobetosol and it's working again ( I hope ).

neenersmom 2011-10-10 08:09:16 -0500 Report

i have recently started this too, dont know why tho. I got chiggers about a year ago and discovered Afterbite which helped w/the itching really well.

Jan8 2011-10-10 06:41:07 -0500 Report

I pour a large amount of listerine in 1 4 stacked tissues and rub away,or if my palms are itching I pour it straight from the bottle. For me,it works instantly.

akamonie 2011-10-09 20:04:03 -0500 Report

Jan8 hello, I thought I was the only one itching. For me it just my hands. They itch so much think I will go mad. Your lsterine idea is interesting. How do you use it ? Silly question I know but do you put it on or drink it ? Do you have the feeling your different parts feel asleep? My hands feel numb and then they start to itch.

Wolfrider64 2011-10-02 08:31:02 -0500 Report

This could be a reaction where ur body is sweating out the the waste that should be filter the natural way through ur kidneys. Have u told ur doctor about it? Also it could be a reaction to meds. Again I would get with ur doctor

2011-09-30 23:49:41 -0500 Report

Hey Guys, please be careful w/the Listerine. It does contains alcohol. So it can be drying to the skin.

Jan8 2011-10-02 08:38:58 -0500 Report

My itching has stopped thank God! I found a cheap way of buying skin lotion and it does not make me itch at all.( I don't sell Avon products) it is called moisture therapy,ultraskin renewal. It's a full liter with a pump. It is an Avon product. and i found it by hit or miss as I have tried every one on the market. 3 days of benadryl stopped the intense itching. Plus all the other great posts here.

DragonDreams 2011-09-30 08:29:16 -0500 Report

If benadryl works, you could try caladryl. It's a lotion in the same family of drugs, and you don't get sleepy from it. It could at least help the itching untill you can get it checked out by your doc.

Jan8 2011-09-30 10:09:05 -0500 Report

Thanks,gosh I remember my mom using that on me when i had chicken pox.

wooly283 2011-09-30 22:05:52 -0500 Report

When I first started on Humalog I had some real itchy patches. I used Benadryl extra strength gel. It won't make you loopey. It gives me relief almost immediately.

ston3xc 2011-09-29 17:38:29 -0500 Report

Intense itching can be a sign of the kidneys not working like they should. A lot of dialysis patients complain of itching. When the kidneys can't filter toxins out of the urine, the toxins are then released by sweating, and that thin film of toxcins can cause itching. Have the dr check your levels. Will require a 24 hour collection of urine. Aren't you glad you asked?! Better safe than sorry, though!

Teresa Rose
Teresa Rose 2011-10-05 17:50:06 -0500 Report

I itch all over all the time!!!

ston3xc 2011-10-06 11:37:00 -0500 Report

Eucerin Calming Icth-Relief works well. I get my hubby to rub it across my upper back shoulders when they itch. Also, strategicly placed back- scratchers work wonders!lol

Jan8 2011-10-06 07:49:04 -0500 Report

OH NO! it's like you can never sit still and relax I know. After 3 days in a benadryl fog and Avon's moisture therapy The intense itching has stopped. When I feel it coming on,I lotion up again and it really helps. I hope you find something that relieves it Teresa. There are lots of good suggestions here.

Jan8 2011-09-29 18:02:44 -0500 Report

Right ston3xc, Thank you and I am glad I asked. I was wondering(not doing anything about it) about that. The doc and I forgot about the cortisol levels and the 24hr urine. Thx for reminding me.

Jan8 2011-09-29 17:07:08 -0500 Report

Benadryl lotion works great for that kind of itching. Also their is a lotion called Sarna that is very cooling and comforing.

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-29 16:58:45 -0500 Report

Sometimes where I place the needle ( around the underwear waist band) it will itch. I use the benedryl lotion. Cools it down. Grandpa Bill

Dixiemom 2011-09-29 15:48:38 -0500 Report

I itch on my back and arms and around my ears. I saw an ad for Curel anti itch lotion, got it and it works. It's thick and creamy but the itch went away. Hope this litrle tid bit helps. There's another lotion called Cereve'. The dermatologist recommended that for my grandaughteer's dry skin. It is real good also.

Jan8 2011-09-29 17:12:05 -0500 Report

Dixiemom, I didn't know about curel's anti itch lotion. I'll try anything because today I took a benadryl and I am loopey

Jan8 2011-09-29 05:18:32 -0500 Report

You know,I think you really have something I need to change DragonDreams. I will definatley research this and learn to eliminate the gluten from my diet.

DragonDreams 2011-09-29 09:21:29 -0500 Report

Glad to help, after all that's why we're on here, right. I'm gonna ask my own doc about a gluten intolerance at my appointment today. It would explain a lot of little things that I've been dealing with. On the little bit gross side, I've heard testing a stool sample is more accurate than testing a blood sample.

Jan8 2011-09-29 17:14:40 -0500 Report

DragonDreams, well that's a new one by me lol .

DragonDreams 2011-09-29 18:42:07 -0500 Report

The theory is that the gluten antibodies will be in the gut long before they will have traveled into the blood. i don't know if any doctors are doing this kind of testing. My doc took a blood sample to run the celiac panel today. Now I get to wait and see. As for the research here is a good place to start: They have a lot of good info and simple recipes.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-28 11:51:29 -0500 Report

You could always go to Walmart in their garden section and get a grill cleaning brush. Those long wires get to the deep down itching! Hope you are doing better! Jim

Jan8 2011-09-28 14:13:31 -0500 Report

lol Jim. Thanks for making me laugh. Today not well at all. Well,tonoght or tomorrow' may be a different story. Thanks for assking.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-29 08:40:14 -0500 Report

The other option is a tree. It does get kind of awkward trying to explain to your neighbors why your body is wrapped around a tree and you are moving. Of course, if you are doing your back, then they want to video it for America's Funniest Home Videos. Having gone through body itching, I know it is not funny and I would try anything to stop it. With my oldest daughter she had issues with it so I switched detergents to no dye, no odor, nothing but detergent and I ran her clothes through a double rinse. A real pain, but it helped. I see about the gluten intolerance. Good possibility. there is a sister site on here for that it is called Celiac or something close to that. Eliminating gluten is easier said than done, but reducing it is not real hard. Jim

spitfirelady 2011-09-27 15:37:49 -0500 Report

LIsterine? Who'd a thunk! Ha! Seems Alcohol would dry it out more?!

Jan8 2011-09-29 07:12:38 -0500 Report

I kow spitfire. You would think it would dry out. This is just a temporary fix.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-29 08:40:54 -0500 Report

How much Listerine do you need to drink to help?…lol

stormz 2011-09-27 19:12:00 -0500 Report

I would have never thought of Listerine but if that works great. I keep using body lotion and just found Nivea works great. Has eased my itching to the point I don't itch no more. I bought this huge jar and I know it is exspensive but it will go very far as it don't take much. That is my tip for the day.

Jan8 2011-09-28 06:23:46 -0500 Report

I will try Nivea.I know we all need to keep our skin lotioned esp. after a bath while you are still wet. I have been allergic to every lotion I have tried,even Cera Ve that the doc told me about

stormz 2011-09-28 07:04:49 -0500 Report

Thanks I'd give it a try it's worth it. For as little as you use just a dab will do it it rubs in quickly it's not greasy. I have used the jar for 5 days now more than serveral times a day and you would not know I even opened it yet. That is how little you need and I use it all over.

spitfirelady 2011-09-27 22:19:27 -0500 Report

Nevia is a better brand … We used it On patients in a
Couple of hospitals. There are a couple of others but Nevia is good!!:)

stormz 2011-09-27 22:35:15 -0500 Report

I have tried so many brands spent hundreds of dollars but I think I hit the gold mine with Nevia! You don't even need to use a lot which surprised me, I am using the newest one they came out with the Smooth Sensation Body Souffle. I'm not sure if that is what you use on the patients. This stuff is awesome I give it 5 stars! From me that says a lot I am hard when it comes to judging a product.

stormz 2011-09-28 07:58:42 -0500 Report

HAHAHA I don't care about the name I care about it working and that it does. I know it sounds like something you eat but who cares as long as it works..right?

stormz 2011-09-28 07:44:40 -0500 Report

Go for it! I figure with all the money we lay out on trying lotions that don't work might as well use something that does work even if it is a tad on the exspensive side. More than 10 dollars to me that is on the exspensive side LOL

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