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For the last two weeks my hands (the palms and between my fingers)will begin to itch periodically without warning. When I scrath them it only gets worse, the itching is intensified and they begin to burn. I have tried multiple things to relieve it but to no avail. It starts and stops continully through out the day and there is no one indicator of what might be causing it. I am worried that it might be my liver or gallbladder due to stones in my gallbladder. Or could it be decreased tissue perfussion to my hands? I know just enough to get into trouble and am concered about this due to the fact that I have tried everything and it does not seem to go away. I changed my soaps, lotions, and detergents. I have tried Benadryl and creams applied to the skin, they do not phase the itching. Please help.

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i read that it might be a copper deficiantcy, i started taking a multi vitamin and almost imediatly the itching went away. it's only been 1 day but the results are for sure. i just hope the vitamins continues to work.
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I had this start with me a couple weeks ago and was about to make appt. with my dr and my wife asked me if I might try an allergy pill, well i tried it and have been itch free for about 2 weeks now, I am taking the generic for zyrtec from walmart, it called wal-zyr, might try it, it worked for me so far. hope this helps
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it's been a while for you.  i am in the same situation now.  did you find the problem or cure
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Hello, I've had the exact problem for the past month...can't figure it out...thought it was the detergent I was using. Cut back on that...but every morning ...same thing...then heat. Did you ever find out what is causing your symptoms?
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Hello. I also suffer from itchy hands.
At 53-years-of-age, there have been many attempts over the years to solve this issue with numerous remedies, to no avail.
Steroids may be a source of temporary relief, but not without side effects.
Unfortunately, steroids--and that includes over-the-counter- cortisone creams--can thin a person's bones.  
Here is a remedy which really helps: Rub the inside of a banana peel onto fingers, and all itchy parts. This really works well with elbow/knee excema as well. It is best to apply this twice a day, but mainly make sure this is done before retiring for the night. Occlusion of affected part is preferred.
If possible, tape thin strips of banana peel onto the skin overnight, covered with gloves. There are good waterproof band-aids on the market which work well with this.
In the morning, remove and wash with tepid water.
Another tip: Do not allow your hands to come into contact with any type of salt. This will set off a very bad reaction in most people.
For example, after brining (salting) a turkey for Thanksgiving 2012, I am still paying the price with very sore, itchy hands.
Last tip: Find good thick plastic, flexible gloves. Most gloves on the market are too tight, and have a talc inside which can irritate.
Find some industrial type gloves. These plastic gloves are large enough to not cramp the fingers.
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Hello. I also suffer from itchy hands.
At 53-years-of-age, there have been many attempts over the years to solve this issue with numerous remedies, to no avail.
Steroids may be a source of temporary relief, but not without side effects.
Unfortunately, steroids--and that includes over-the-counter- cortisone creams--can thin a person's bones.  
Here is a remedy which really helps: Rub the inside of a banana peel onto fingers, and all itchy parts. This really works well with elbow/knee excema as well. It is best to apply this twice a day, but mainly make sure this is done before retiring for the night. Occlusion of affected part is preferred.
If possible, tape thin strips of banana peel onto the skin overnight, covered with gloves. There are good waterproof band-aids on the market which work well with this.
In the morning, remove and wash with tepid water.
Another tip: Do not allow your hands to come into contact with any type of salt. This will set off a very bad reaction in most people.
For example, after brining (salting) a turkey for Thanksgiving 2012, I am still paying the price with very sore, itchy hands.
Last tip: Find good thick plastic, flexible gloves. Most gloves on the market are too tight, and have a talc inside which can irritate.
Find some industrial type gloves. These plastic gloves are large enough to not cramp the fingers.
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i have a condition called dishydrotic eczema, which causes itching and little water-filled blisters in between finger, on palms of hands, and soles of feet. This could be what u are all suffering from. There is no cure, and the only relief Ihave found was from a lotion called aveeno skin relief. Has menthol in it, which soothes the itch. Also, avoid any soaps that aren't hypoallergenic. Rubbing alcohol helps to dry out the water filled bumps, which are what causes the itching. But it stings like hell. The only other condition that causes this that I know of is scabies. So let's hope u all just have dishydrotic eczema....lol.
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I have same I went to the med center and she said it was hand, and mouth  foot disease , no meds will go away I also get itching of scalp

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Topical ointments do not usually work on this type of itching.  Most of this is caused by the sulfates in our soap, shampoo etc.  Sulfates are the foaming agents.  Auto mechanics hose down their floors with sulfates.  Switching to sulfate free products helps.  Sulfates build up in your system, therefore it takes a while for them to leave the system.   BurtsBees products and Loreal shampoos are sulfate free.  It helped me.  I also take a Zyrtec every day.
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I thought I was the only person who suffered as nobody else seemed to know what I was talking about - not even my GP who said he'd never heard of just itchy hands. I tried all the antihistamines going and eventually found that Benadryl Allergy Relief  (the one with acravistine) worked. However, 5 years down the line I now find I'm having to take up to 3 over an hour to get the relief that one used to give. Now I know that other people also suffer I'll go back to my GP. As I changed my surgery last year, I might have a more "with it" doctor this time.
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I am also having the same problem surfing the net trying to find an answer and came across so many more with the same problem hope we all find an answer soon.
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Hello all! I just started having these symptoms a couple days ago and now figured out what is wrong. I was on Cetirizine (generic brand of Zyrtec) for some time. Since I ran out of the allergy medicine for about two days in, my lower back (where I had a patch of eczema), my right thigh, my upper arm and especially the palm of my hands (left more so) has been itching like crazy. I read up on side effects for this medicine and it plainly states: "Many people experience intolerable itching for several weeks if they stop the drug abruptly." Something within told me that the itching was due to the fact that I stopped taking the allergy medicine. Would only make sense! This truly *****! :(
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I too am experiencing this itchy hand symptoms. I initially  contributed it to the alcohol sanitary solution I use in between patients at the hospital, but I've discontinued the use of it weeks ago and I still suffer. Has anyone received an accurate  diagnosis and treatment?  Please advise. Thank you in advance.
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Hi,
Everything you described about your hands is exactly what I am going through. I am sooo glad I am not the only one going through this. I hope one day we will both find a cure!
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I have the same problems.  V itchy.  Can someone help.  Pray for me.
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I have had this for several years. dr. said contact dermatitis and prescribed a cream.  However, I have found it only happens when i wash dishes or come in contact with laundry detergent. So, i wash my hands and dry them if I come in contact with laundry detergent. I have to wear gloves when i do dishes, even if its only 1 dish!  I use benadryl ointment, and Gold Bond lotion is also soothing. The itching is accompanied with rash that dries and flakes.  It only happens when I come into contact with dish liquid and laundry detergent.  
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It sounds to me like you have contact dermatitis.  Was your hands in aqueous cream should help also wear gloves when washing up and if its still bad you may need to get a md steroid cream from the doc.  I used to have this and i found out was i was sensitive to and stoped using it.  But yes itching will drive you insane.  Hope you feel better soo x
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I just started having this itchy hand problem just recently...drove me crazy each time it appeared.  Woke up in the middle of the nite and right hand was absolutely burning between fingers and palm.....I quickly grabbed a large bottle of SKIN THERAPY by SUAVE...poured lots on in between fingers and palm...i did several thick coats.    It worked great.  2 days later I had the problem on my left hand..repeated my treatment..it worked great again...keep putting it on if itching if it is not completely gone.  

I believe I got this large container from DOLLAR STORE...give it a try..you have nothing to lose
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION -- I had the same problems with my hands --nothing brought relief; my hands looked like they were rotting off.

Thousands of dollars' worth of allergy testing didn't point to a cause,  BUT a test for ARTIFICIAL COLORS wasn't included in the regimen, and that turned out to be the cause of the itching.

Try avoiding ARTIFICIAL COLORS in every aspect of your life - food, hygiene products, cosmetics, medication.  If that is what is causing your symptoms, you will know in less than a week.

GOOD LUCK!
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I've skimmed many comments. I just began having these problems a few months ago. My itching and swelling differs. Sometimes, it's isolated to my wrist or just a few fingers. There is no visible rash..just extreme itch and swelling. It comes in waves. Sometimes i'll have it a few times a month, sometimes less frequently. Sometimes the same areas, sometimes completely different. The same effect seems to happen to my feet. The itch is so severe I can't concentrate or sleep. And when I itch it, it's very sore and painful. Completely frustrating. Antihistamines don't seem to help at all.
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your story of itch and rubbing is what I have been going through, for 9 weeks now the itch is so bad I took a brand new pedicure scraper to my fingers and hands and ripped the skin off . I have tried every cream and drug know to man and nothing ???? I to don't like to show my hands and I can not wear my wedding rings cause my fingers look like sausages. I sure hope there is a cure for this. When you talked about the towel , OMG that is what I do everyday!!
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My 7 year old has the same as you all and is in extreme distress, has anyone had any answers yet?  I've even tried cortisone arghhh - any help as to what this is please.
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My 7 year old has the same as you all and is in extreme distress, has anyone had any answers yet?  I've even tried cortisone arghhh - any help as to what this is please.
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yall are talking about a vast array of conditions.
there  is one thread in here about itchy palm and fingers white spots or dots not bumps or blisters they itch like heck and then in minutes inflame and multiply and become tiny irritated bumps not puss filled not blisters. but beneath the skin white dots.
i read somewhere a description of irritated nerve endings inflaming after too much caffine .. or stress caused. this sounds right. I can stop itch and they'll disappear in minutes if I soak in applecider vingar.
it could be fungal and the crazy amount of sugar in the tea or coffee i drink feeding it. so if i had any self restrint i should cut back on the caffine and sugar. soak hands in apple cider vingar.
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I prayed for your, dear.  Kat
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That sounds exactly like what I have recently gotten.  How can you live 61 years without it than all of a sudden get it?  What did you do about it?
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have you found anything? your spot on with me!
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Thanks to Allah i found cream which help me already about itching and now i dont have any itching any more accept tin skin!
the skin is tin and soft and it scratch me everything even if do sex! i need help for that if any one have idea.

the cream which help me for itching is CALENDULAN CREME this is the name on the box i see im from nederlands so may be its dutch word but u can google it.

i hope it will help u too
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Hi! Did you ever get a diagnosis? I am having some serious problems...my 5 year old too..keep getting misdiagnosed .... my symptoms are pretty much the same except mine have been accompanied by swollen lymphnodes...anyone having same problems..HELP!
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Hand dermatitis (also known as hand eczema) often results from a combination of causes, including genetic makeup (constitutional factors), injury (contact with irritants) and allergy. It is frequently caused or aggravated by work, when it is known as occupational dermatitis. Hand dermatitis is particularly common in industries involving cleaning, catering, metalwork, hairdressing, healthcare and mechanical work.

Hand dermatitis varies in severity. It may affect the backs of the hands, the palms or both sites. Often it starts as a mild intermittent complaint, but it can become increasingly severe and persistent. The affected skin initially becomes red and dry, then progresses to itchy papules (bumps) and fluid-filled blisters (vesicles), scaling, cracking (fissures), weeping (exudation) and swelling (oedema). Bacterial infection can result in pustules, crusting and pain. Longstanding dermatitis at the ends of the fingers may result in deformed nails. Hand dermatitis can spread to affect other sites, particularly the forearms and feet.

read more about it here. I have had this for years, down to the blisters on the back of my hands.

(http://dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/hand-dermatitis.html)
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Seriously cut out too much sugars and any Yeast as that was my problem, also cut way back on any glutens... That will help as it did with me, I currently take YeastClear as I had an over abundance of Yeast. This morning I awoke with welted hands and now after one hr its subsiding, and yes they itched madly. Too much coffee also the yeasts are in it!!! chocolates nuts watch how much if ANY You consume also. Dairy's watch IT THERE Too...
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Could you have a latex allergy?
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I too suffer with periodic itching hands and less frequently itchy feet. Drives me crazy! I have figured out I cannot eat anything with lots of preservatives and when I touch outdoor plants or do anything that irritates the skin it can happen. But it also happens when I haven't eaten anything unusual or touched anything. I know this sounds weird, but I have found something that offers relief. Toothpaste! I think Colgate is the best one but most offer some relief. I don't know if it's the drying agent that pulls the itchiness from my skin or what, but it works! I've also soaked in ice water and it offers a little relief.
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I too suffer with periodic itching hands and less frequently itchy feet. Drives me crazy! I have figured out I cannot eat anything with lots of preservatives and when I touch outdoor plants or do anything that irritates the skin it can happen. But it also happens when I haven't eaten anything unusual or touched anything. I know this sounds weird, but I have found something that offers relief. Toothpaste! I think Colgate is the best one but most offer some relief. I don't know if it's the drying agent that pulls the itchiness from my skin or what, but it works! I've also soaked in ice water and it offers a little relief.
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I don't know if you are still suffering from this condition, but if you are, I think what might help is a product called Prevex.  It is highly dense form of petroleum jelly, you just rub a small amount into your skin and it forms a barrier.  I used to get spontaneous lesions on my fingers, just picking up a wet dish rag.  After a couple of months of using Prevex daily, applying it after every time I washed my hands, my hands were totally better.  I was even able to stop using the product and for the last 20 years, I've never had the problem recur. I recommended the product to my niece who has severe contact dermatitis on various parts of her body, and she said it helped enormously.
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I have suffered from itchy hands and fingers for years. There is no rash. Usually there is only one spot that will itch and the only way to get relief is to scratch until a blister forms and the skin peels off. Once the skin is off the itching begins to subside, but then I'm left with a big sore that takes weeks to heal. At this time, I have 3 of these such sores and, of course, they are painful. After all I did use a sharp object to remove my flesh!! This doesn't happen every day. It may happen once a month or as many as 4 times per month. I can't seem to find a reason for it and wonder if anyone else has the same problem. If so, have you found a reason for it and/or a cure?  
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I have the same problem. For me, it's urticaria, which is another symptom of leukocytoclastic vasculitis. It started out with crusty lesions on my scalp. For the first 10 years I had no idea what it was. I saw 5 dermatologists during that time, each of which gave me a different (guessed) diagnosis. I finally found a wonderful, conscientious dermatologist who was the first to even suggest a biopsy. The pathologist said it was immediately obvious what it was. Fortunately, the form of LV I have is not deadly, it just causes skin irritations. It's an autoimmune disease, so my derm referred me to a rheumatologist who prescribed Plaquenil, which helped. Then by accident, I found out the lesions were even better controlled by taking Spironolactone (which is used for hormonal acne). However, the urticaria, which is another symptom of the LV has begun to appear from time to time. The doctor said that if it is bothering me, to take an antihistamine every day. I haven't done that though, because I hate the dry mouth antihistamines cause. Instead, when I get the itchiness and/or fluid filled bumps on my fingers, I run cold water over them to stop the immediate itch, then I slather on Eucarin Skin Calming Itch Relief Treatment lotion. That is the only lotion I have found that actually stops the itch.
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Zyrtec or the generic form of it is the ONLY thing that helps me, too!  I take one every day and it keeps me from getting flare ups.
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I have the same problem, it started about two weeks ago, it seems to be so much more worse at night, I thought it was not big deal at first I just kept using lotion even though I dont have dry hands, but nothing seems to work, I even try benedryl. Tonight is really bad so I thought I would search it. Does anyone know what causes this, sometime the itching and heat is almost unbearable.HELP!!
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Well. I understand . I have the same condition. I actually soaked my hand in apple cider vinegar and it relieved the burning sensation. The redness is still there and I will probably see a specialist to see what it is and how to treat it.  I will post what I have so maybe it will help you as well. Sounds like we both have the same condition.
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i have had this same problem for the past 9 years.   nothing works except hydroxizine, but hate taking it, it makes me very groggy.   It is an itch that cannot be reached or relieved.  Alot of time if my right hand itches it will itch the exact place on the left hand.   It is the same on both hands.  if my wrist itches on one hand the other will itch in the exact same place.   It is just so wierd to me that it is only at night.   No visible rashes, just annoying itch and burning.    I sure hope someone can come up with a cure.  I have been to several doctors, no one offers any diognosis.  ugh.
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I was doing some research as I am having this problem more frequently now than I was before. It has happened twice this week and now tonight. The itching is severe there is no rash. My skin gets red from the itching and then when it seems like I finally have relief there is swelling, mainly around the joints and it is hard to bend my fingers, grip things etc. There are a lot of things that can cause this and they range from liver and kindey disease to tumors or malignancy. I am guessing that is would take quite an array of tests to determine and rule out so many things.
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white vinegar Tescos 45p
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zap itch with white vinegar, tesco 45p
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I have this problem but my doctor told me to take allergic relief .I take it as soon as my hands starts to itch and with in a 1/2 hour it stops itching.
You should try it.


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It sounds crazy banana peel thing works....it did for me, too.

My doc said it was a type of neuropathy but I don't buy it.  It seems whenever there's something they don't want to take the time to figure out they say it's due to my diabetes, therefore, neuropathy.  My feet are fine and my glucose counts are within being acceptable so it has to be something else going on.  If there is no banana available, I find my self rubbing the arms of my chair like crazy to get some relief from the itchiness.
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I also had the same problem for years. Went to a dermatologist, tried every cream from moisturizer to hydrocortisone, nothing helped. I had gone to a orthopaedics for my back and was given steroid meds. It didn't help my back but literally stopped the itching. When the steroid finally came out of my system it started right back up. Waking me out of a sound sleep to itch. I had my fingers and top of my hands bleeding. Well I had to go back to the orthopedic for upper dural for my lower back and then again a cortisone shot . Both times didn't help my back but stopped the itching. So I went to my primary doctor and got steroid cream. All I can say what a relief. Have no clue what I have, don't wish it on anyone else.  My son also has it, he to went to many doctors no help. He is using the steroid cream, hands  are much better.  I really hope this helps.
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What is the name of the steroid cream you use? My mom has gone to the doctors & they can't figure out what's wrong. Shes tried so many creams & nothing helps.
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I used to get exzema on occassion and doc would provide steroid cream - worked but returned.  Turns out that ex is caused by too much spicy and fried food and coffee.  I got off that and it went away. Accupuncture helps balance the system and underlying problem that creates the condition.  Have been free of ex for over a decade, but moved to remote area where most food is fried and drinking coffee again.  After a couple years of that, it's returning.  Skin ailments are most often sign of toxicity...if the kidneys or colon can't get rid of it, the body throws the toxin out via the skin. If we humans would just stick to the food nature provides and stop adding artificial chemicals and toxins, the body will heal itself.  
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Try applying lotion to your hands. The itching can be caused by dry skin. Your skin can dry out from over washing, coming into contact with certain products, etc. Lotion provided almost instant relief for me.
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I have been having the same symptoms.  I am 51, I am diabetic and have high blood pressure.  I have been taking metformin and losartan.  I also take Zyrtec for allergies.  Are any of you diabetic and taking metformin, or have high blood pressure and taking losartan?  I wonder if the build up of medication might be causing this.  My diabetes is well controlled.  My A1C has been normal for almost two years.  I have been having these symptoms for two weeks now.  it started suddenly.   I noticed that I have pain in my shoulder and then my arm hurts, elbow, wrist, then get to my hands where my joints hurt, my fingers itch, not all at the same time and might be one or two of my fingers.  I scratch it and then the finger swells, and there is a lot pressure on the itching finger.  My doctor has no idea what it is.  It is treating as allergy, and possible nerve condition.  I have on both hands but not at the same time.  Weird!  
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I have the exact same problem pinky finger and sometimes the second from the pinky and sometimes both hands at the same time not all fingers real tender but really itchy. Have that same affect on my toes pinky toes especially then the second one next to the pinky not on the same feet. Butt I also have really itchy palms and I have pain below the skin where it itches can't even put pressure on them. I scratch on rough surface. I use hot water helps it a little. But the hot water does work on the fingertips when they are itching and sore or like swollen. It all goes away at some point very little relief and then it comes all right back again. Fingers one at a time or two at a time not all on the same hand. And the damn itchy palms starts all over again. I wish I can figure it out. I feel like I'm the only one with this problem my wife thinks crazy. Someone can give me some help really appreciate it.
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I too had this happen to me all of a sudden! I am in my late 50's and this has never happened to me before.  My hands started to itch and it got worse as i scratched them.  So i tried to wash with soap and water and let my hands rinse under cold tap water but it didn't go away and even made me worry more.  I also used ice hoping the cold will stop the itch but the palm of my hands started to turn blotchy red and felt thick like some kind of allergic reaction.  I remembered I had bought tea tree oil to help with itchy mosquito bites.  So i put a few drops and rubbed it on my hands.  And wow!  The itching stopped and the redness gone in a few minutes.  I suggest using tea tree oil coz it is so effective with any skin itchiness.  Just makes me believe in the product.  You can get this at Walmart or CVS for less than $10.00!  Try it and hope it helps you like it helped me!
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