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itching insanity lower legs

It is bittersweet to know there are some of you experiencing the same excruciating, insane itching of the lower legs and sometimes arms ( no visible signs of dry skin, rash etc) prickling feeling, often triggered after being in water but not always. I am glad to finally know I am not the only one experiencing this because I have tried to explain this time and time again but people just don't get it. I am also not happy that you are going through the same thing as I am because like someone else said, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.

I'm onto a few things right now like maybe a concentrated amount of sodium lauryl sulfate. It seems like maybe it could be it but too afraid to test it out to see if I'm right because I don't want the pain. Maybe that and the allergic reaction or sensity and breakdown of the skin causes other irritants to get into the hair follicle and that's what causes the prickle needle feeling like someone expliained hair trying to push itself out but in a needle way.
Right now, benedryl has helped but the other day it didn't. Holding my legs and cosnstantly rubbing them helps but brings on the crazies if you leave your legs for a second and cool airconditioning a little. Sometimes just going bake into the shower. It consumes my life when I have episodes and I'm terrified when the next time will occur.
If anyone finds anything out, please post. BEst of Health to you and hope we find the answer.
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My sister used to get that when she was hypothyroid.  Hope this helps!
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Another possibility for your symptoms can be neurodermatitis. In such type of itching, 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.

To confirm the diagnosis, you should get an evaluation done from a dermatologist and a biopsy skin done. 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.

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The itching of the leg is caused by dry skin.  Drink 8 glasses of water a day but only after exercising so that it is absorbed into your system.  Take Vitamin E, and about 2,000 mg of Vitamin C a day.  Also rub Crisco Shortening on the affected area every morning and night.  Take Fish Oil or start eating baked or broiled fish twice a week.  Vitamin D-3 can also be beneficial.
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