Itchy legs/arms after showering with no rash. Is it stress related?
Every time I shower my skin on my legs and arms (and now increasingly on my lower back) gets incredibly itchy. There is no rash that appears on my skin and the itching lasts for around half an hour after I get out of the shower. It started when I was around 13 years old. I use Aveeno body wash for dry and itchy skin every time I shower, which is made from oatmeal - It helps a little. The itching is worse when I shave, but it helps when I use natural shaving gels that produce little foam. When I exfoliate, it also helps the itching to be minimal. I try not to scratch in the itching areas because if I do, it does not go away and gets worse. I always moisturise after taking a shower, but it doesnt seem to help that much. I find that the itching disappears if my mind forgets about it. I find that I get more itchy if I shower in the day time than if I shower at night. Is this stress related? Am I causing myself to itch by worrying that I will get itchy whenever I take a shower? Please help!
I hope the antihistamine helps. You might see if you have food allergies, such as wheat or dairy. Sometimes eliminating problematic foods will cause other allergic symptoms to go away completely. It did for me.
I just started doing my own research on the matter. I have had this same problem for several years now. I noticed if I get dressed right away after I get out of the shower it doesn't itch as much. According to some articles I have read, there isn't anything to do really. I never had this problem when I lived in Florida but since moving to North Carolina it has been unbearable.
There is an ol ingredient that is extracted from coconutknown as coconut acid or sodium laureth sulfide which is used in most soap and shampoos to create that foamy lather, I find that those products that contains this ingredient causes me to itch uncontrollably after shower. My only relief from itchy get after shower is to avoid products containing that ingredient. I hope this might be helpful.
I have the same issue. The things that I find help are: I use laundry detergent free of dyes and perfumes; I never use any kind of dryer sheets; and I use Aveeno (Oatmeal stuff) or a generic knockoff. Also, when staying at many hotels or motels, I don't have the same issues that I have staying at home or with relatives. The only thing that I can think of that would make a difference is the kind/brand/ingredients of laundry soap and bath soap...but I don't know I could purchase that stuff retail to check that theory.
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