Itchy all over

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Zanne
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 3763
   Posted 1/13/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
For the last few weeks I have been itchy all over. Not the the point where I am scratching myself silly and looking like a fool, but enough that it is an annoyance and I know it isn't normal for me. I do get allergic reactions to drugs and they always involve itching, with breathing problems coming next.

So I started looking through all my meds and eliminating what I could. The over the counter Zyrtec generic was the first to go, the brand changed on my sleeping pill, so I stopped that for a few nights to see if the new manufacturer had different addiditives. I even stopped some new face cream, just in case it was causing some reaction. Nothing has changed yet. So now I am left with my pain med. I have been on Percocet for years, but I am allergic to a vast number of pain meds and this is how I react every time. I'm going to not take the percocet for a few days and just deal with the pain and see what happens.

But my question is, how long before it is out of my system and I will know if it was the percocet causing the issue? A day, 3 days? I gave the other ones several days to see if they worked and actually some of them I just didn't bother to start up again.

I know its winter and it could just be dry skin or some silly thing like that, but it doesn't feel like that. I have been putting cream on which doesn't really help, and taking Benedryl which does seem to help a bit. Any ideas?
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Nanners
Elite Member


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 1/13/2009 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
To avoid the drowsiness of Bendryl, maybe you can try Claritin. It might help relieve the itchiness. My thought is if you haven't changed any detergents, soaps or meds lately, then more than likely it is the winter dryness. I know I live in Southern Calif and right now we are having Santa Ana's and its really dry, and I have had to really slather on the lotion, because I was getting little bumps and was scratching like crazy. The lotion has really helped. Hope you get this figured out soon.

Hugs,
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

inflamed
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2005
Total Posts : 1340
   Posted 1/13/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I had this happen when I was pregnant and it never went away, it only improved from time to time. It even lasted through the summer (I was hoping it was winter dryness too). I switched all my meds and detergents. We couldn't figure it out. Aveeno oatmeal baths help to soothe it and can keep you from scratching your skin off.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.


Zanne
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 3763
   Posted 1/13/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't changed anything except the generic zrytec for regular zrytec and who knows if my pharmacy changed manufacturers on any of the other meds. But I don't have any other "dry skin" symptoms, like red spots or patches, no hives. And when I've become allergic to meds in the past like morphine and Demerol this is how it started, just a general itchy. I could take them for years, then all of a sudden I couldn't. So I'm hoping its dry skin. Got the humidifier going full force, creamed up all my extremities, taking my benedryl and I'll try claritin if I can find some in my closet. We'll see what happens. Cause if I have another drug allergy, my list is going to have to go on to another page, there are so many.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Sniper
Veteran Member


Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 6518
   Posted 1/13/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hows the weather there. Cold ? You may be setting your temp warmer and drying the air in the house more..
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


Zanne
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 3763
   Posted 1/13/2009 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh its COLD, but I'm just dealing with that and I'm running the humidifier. itching is almost all gone, so I think I've found the problem. I'll go a few more days then try the med again.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Ides
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Nov 2003
Total Posts : 7077
   Posted 1/13/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Zanne,
Three days should be sufficient to get the Percocet out fo your system. Then if you reintroduce it and begin to itch, it is likely the Percocet. I needed Codeine recently to battle a brutal cough and get really itchy after I take it. Really need to codeine to keep me from coughing all night, but lately have trouble going to sleep because of the itchiness.
Moderator Crohn's Disease Forum
CD, Ankylosing Spondylitis, lupus, small fiber peripheral neuropathy, avascular necrosis, peripheral artery disease, degenerative disc disease, and a host of other medical problems.
 


bektold
Regular Member


Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 456
   Posted 1/13/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Have you replaced any cleaning or personal care supplies lately?  New box of the same old detergent, new bottle of shower gel?  Companies change their ingredients all the time.  You could be allergic to something new in your fabric softener.  Or, could have developed a new sensitivity.  How is your health overall?  I find when I'm feeling particularly bad that I will develop patches of itchy, flakey skin on my arms.  And I had to stop using the face cream I've used for 20 years this fall because it was causing a red, stinging, itchy, miserable rash along my jaw line and down my neck and chest. 


Zanne
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 3763
   Posted 1/14/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Nope on any new cleaning supplies or bath/beauty products. The itching is all gone now and I'm about 48 hours without any percocet. Since I'm allergic to morphine and this is how I react that I'm thinking I'm on to something. In fact the last few times I've had Dilaudid in the hospital I've had slight reactions too. So I'm probably heading into dangerous territory for a crohnie. I have a pain clinic appointment the first of next week, so hopefully they will have some options.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Nanners
Elite Member


Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 1/14/2009 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh YIKES..................Well I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers that your pain doesn't go crazy in the meantime till you can see the pain doc. That is one reason I can only take 1/2 tab of my Percoset at a time, if I take a whole I will get some itchies, but don't with a half. I sure hope I don't eventually start doing the same, since you and I seem to be Crohnie twins:)

Can you use Tramadol/Ultram? I know that some have had luck with that. I didn't because it upset my stomach. I have a feeling for some reason it would do the same to you, since we both have gastritis problems too. At least I think thats why it upset me.

Hugs,
Gail *Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

mj8dokken
Regular Member


Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 149
   Posted 1/14/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I noticed you have 6mp on your med list. It elevated my liver levels to the point that my whole body itched and didn't stop until it was out of my system.

Bad flare May '06 resulted in CD diagnosis
 
Asacol: 4800 mg/day; Entocort: 9mg/day; Metronidazol
Started seeing a Naturopath-Castor Oil Packs, Liquid B Complex, Floragen, Ribes Nigrum, Herbal GI, Chlorella
 
"Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain"

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, December 09, 2016 2:51 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,735,215 posts in 301,284 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151388 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, ebinease.
198 Guest(s), 2 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
scifigal2k, SueCAll


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer