Almost everytime I take an antibiotic or use an herbal treatment I itch like crazy, especially my back and trunk. It lasts for a couple of weeks after I stop the treatment. It even happened after a month of Stromectal for parasites and "after using a drop of Thieves" which is a blend of essential oils. Has anyone else experienced this is part of the dieoff or detox?
I do itch a lot however I can't pinpoint it as well as you have. I can't say if its from die off or detox. Lyme has been in me for over 20 years before starting treatment so I am allergic to many things and have to take Benadryl every night for itching.
I would guess it's an unfortunate herx. We all have our own combination of immune function, nervous system function, and Lyme infection, along with coinfections and whatever else is floating around in our systems. I haven't had any itching so I don't think I'll be much help.
You might ask your doc what s/he recommends for itching. Does soaking in Epsom salts help? Keeping your skin well hydrated? (Many lotions actually dry your skin and make it worse, leading to repeated application. Rather diabolical of the manufacturers, isn't it?)
If itshing is caused by lyme, it is the result of spirochetes burrowing into the myelin sheath of the nerves, They cannot strip it off, but they can get into it and in the mildest form of this invasion, you feel tickling or pins and needles. The next phase is numbness and in its worst form, you feel pain. So as Jackie said, this itching is the mild version of pain.
If it's caused by bartonella, it's the result ofthe bacteria reproducing directly under the skin. They breed there and then migrate into the body.
Either way, the situation is going on inside and so most things you can apply to teh skin don't seem to make a difference. I don't get any relief from antihistamines or any creams, except hydrocortisone cream. This gets absorbed into the skin and acts as an anti-inflammatory, immune suppressor and painkiller.
Trouble is, it is NOT good for people with lyme to use this stuff. I do occasionalyl use it on small areas when I feel desperate but it's not a solution for large itchy areas or for long term use.
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