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Undetermined allergy?

Today my legs started itching again.  It's the most annoying thing in the world and I'm starting to think I'm going crazy.  

All during the winter this problem goes away for the most part.  I don't know if the offender decreases in the winter or if it's because I am usually wearing pants.  However, it eventually spreads to the rest of my body.

It really feels like I'm getting bit by something, but I've never seen an animal and I've watched the area where it occurs with no luck.  I have no pets so I don't think they are fleas, and I've never seen a bed bug.  Even when I am at home, it seems lots better during the day and gets progressively worse at night.  Throughout the season the sensation will progress from feeling like something is jumping on me to being bitten like a sharp short pain.  

I really hope I don't have delusional parasitosis.  I was hoping someone could give me some advice as to what sort of allergen could cause this problem.  Benadryl does absolutely nothing and at the worse parts I can wake from a stone cold sleep on benadryl to the annoyance.

Thanks for any help!
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681148 tn?1437661591
FYI:  Just so you know, you don't have to have pets to run into flea problems.  I found this out when I did some research on non-toxic flea removal when I had issues with them after the first heat wave last year.  My cat and I never had any issues in our previous apartment, so I knew it wasn't something we brought with us.  I remembered that the previous tenant kept talking about some biting insects, but it was hard to get any sense out of the previous tenant because English was her second lanuage.  I tried to describe what a flea is, but she insisted that wasn't what it was.  Well, since I'm living here now, I know for a fact that it was fleas that she was talking about.  With some research about non-toxic flea removal, I managed to get rid of the varmints and we didn't have any more problems the rest of the summer.  I am certain that I got rid of them for good.  I will know for sure when the next warm season hits our apartment.  Please do some research on non-toxic flea removal.  You'll be glad you did.  And, don't worry, this is not a sign of being a bad house keeper.  You'll find this out all the more so when you do your research.  Just so you know, and you'll read about this more when you do your research, the diatcamaceous earth that you'll read about will take care of many kinds of pests other than fleas.  MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A DUST MASK!

Sorry, I can't be of more help, but I knew I had to tell you about the possibility of having those varmints in your home, even if you don't have pets.  I found this out when I did my own research and learned about the life cycle of fleas, too.  It's a little more information than I actually wanted to know, but it is information that I needed to know.  You'll be happy to know that they can be removed and killed without resorting to toxins that are so bad for you and so bad for the environment as well.  Learning about their life cycle is important knowledge for killing the varmints, too, though.

Okay, I've said that part.  I thought it was too important not to tell you this information, because that's what most people without pets think--that they should be free of the flea issue.  This just isn't necessarily the case and people really need to know about this.  Unfortunately, most people without pets find this out the hard way.  I know that it's the pits.  Anyway, do the research and you'll see what I mean.  I hope this information will prove helpful.

I know that there can be medical reasons for what you're talking about, but I really hope that it's more simple and is a case of having fleas in your home and just not knowing it, because that would be the better case scenario--even as bad as it can be.  I'm just not the one who would know any medical reason for this.

351246 tn?1379682132
Thanks for writing to the forum!
Since you are better at home, I think the allergen is out door. It is difficult to comment without examination. What is important is you must find out what is causing this allergy. Common allergens are pollen, mold, dust, pet dander, cosmetics or drugs. You must get an allergy test done, either a skin test or by RAST, to know what you are allergic to. Seasonal allergies are generally due to pollen or dust. Any cosmetic you apply on your body or even for your hair like shampoos or dyes too can cause allergies. The allergen can be in contact with your skin or it could be in the air.
Over the counter antihistamines, decongestants, non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs all help.
Please discuss this with your doctors. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
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Thank you both for your quick reply.

Fubrballsmom:  I have researched them and bed bugs quite extensively.  However, I have never ever seen a bug.  I have seen fleas on my paretns cats some years back, and while I've never actually seen one on me, I have seen the blur of their motion to indicate that they are there in the past.  THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED AT MY HOUSE.  I have tried tricks like putting oil under bed posts to catch bed bugs climbing up, and I have tried shining light on water during the dark to attract fleas but this has never worked either.

Doctornee: I have scheduled an appointment with my doctor, and hopefully he can forward me to a dermatologist.  I had the ~40 well allergy test done when I was a kid, and I am only allergic to cats.  Nothing else.  I have not changed anthing about my lifestyle when this happened, except it was the only day warm enough to wear shorts.  I have found that keeping long pants on minimizes the disturbance.  

However, since this has been a recurring 3 year problem, I believe that this method will decrease in effectiveness, and I will be forced to tape my pant legs shut to stop the sensation.  Strangely, it does not affect my upper body unless the symptoms start in my lower body and spread upward.
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OK today when I was running hard my calves started hurting real bad and my feet fell asleep.  I hope this is not symptomatic of liver problems!
351246 tn?1379682132
Thanks for keeping me posted!
This is not symptom of liver problem. There is a disturbance of circulation. You must look at deep vein thrombosis as a cause. Also may be hypothyroidism and diabetes.
Hope this helps. Do let me know if there is any thing else and keep me posted. Take care!

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