Dermatology Community
Itchy lower legs and feet
About This Community:

This forum is for questions regarding Dermatology issues, such as: rashes, acne, birthmarks, skin infections, rosacea, and general skin care.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Itchy lower legs and feet

For the past several months, I've been plagued occasionally by what I thought were insect bites.  I got nervous about bed bugs, fleas, mites, etc., but could never find any bugs.  When I was at the doctor for another reason I asked him, and he said that they didn't look like bites, but rather like something from inside me--like hives, is what I took him to mean, or an allergic reaction.  Finally, after some internet digging, I asked a dermatologist I had to see for another reason a possibly leading question, and she said that yes, an injured tendon (why I saw the first doctor) can produce a burst of histamines which could cause itchiness and something like hives.  Whether this was the cause of the bumps, I don't know, since there were no new ones to show her, at that visit.  The bumps mostly went away, finally, and their disappearance did seem to be following the improvement of my tendon injury.  But for a week or two now I've been getting intense itching in my lower legs and top of the feet, when I sit at the computer at night.  With the number of pets I have, fleas would be the obvious answer, and yet not one of my pets is scratching or showing any other signs of having fleas, and I don't see any near the floor.  I'm wondering if any of this is adding up.  Could I have a systemic something?  I've never suffered from any form of itchiness until now, and I don't have problems with dry skin.  I'm a 51-year old female with no significant health issues, a little overweight, with a family history of hypothyroid, hypertension, and diabetes.  
Related Discussions
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
563773_tn?1374250139
Hello,
For such symptoms if no rash is visible then neurodermatitis, lichen simplex chronicus and stasis dermatitis should be ruled out. Neurodermatitis develops when nerve endings in the skin become irritated, triggering a severe itch-scratch-itch cycle. Common causes of nerve irritation include an insect bite and emotional stress. I suggest you to get an examination done from a dermatologist and get these possibilities ruled out.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.


Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Thank you very much for your answer.  My wonderful primary care doctor recently left her practice to be the MD in residence at a retirement home, so I have no real doctor now, and value your answer even more.  Since I spend a lot of time outdoors and definitely do get insect bites, and am also under emotional stress lately, I think neurodermatitis could well be the answer, although on some days when stress is worst, there's no itching at all.  I will google all three things you mentioned--all three are new to me, and I will learn a lot.  Thank you again!  
Blank
563773_tn?1374250139
Hello,
In neurodermatitis, cooling lotions like those containing camphor or menthol, capsacain or local anesthetic creams, amitriptyline and gabapentin tablets and electrical cutaneous nerve field stimulation prove effective.
You can discuss these treatment options with your dermatologist.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your dermatologist. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Dermatology Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Dermatology Answerers
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
PMDER1
San francisco, CA
995833_tn?1375604252
Blank
maatson
Other
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
diane493
209987_tn?1334790318
Blank
tschock
AB