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bookworm21
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   Posted 7/24/2009 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
For the past month or so, I've been getting really itchy, especially on my stomach and back, after I take shower (usually up to an hour afterwards). But I don't know why. I changed towels and detergent, but that hasn't made a difference. I've tried using a natural moisturizer (jojoba oil), which also hasn't made a difference. I never have allergies during the summer (just pollen during the spring).
 
I started taking Zyrtec this week (for other reasons) and it has helped quite a bit.
Any ideas?
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   Posted 7/25/2009 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like Aquagenic pruritus and one of the main treatments is antihistamines. If it continues then you should go to your doctor for other treatments. Do you ever have a rash to accompany the itching?
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bookworm21
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   Posted 7/25/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
No, I don't get a rash but I have very tiny bumps all over my stomach. I'll see if the itching comes back after I stop Zyrtec (pre- and post-medication for Remicade).
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Atopmom
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   Posted 7/28/2009 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
For what it's worth...
My DD gets itchy after showers if they are too warm. I start her showers and/or baths warm, then by the time she is finished, it's freezing to me, but she's fine!
I've noticed the cooler the water, the less itching. She has severe eczema, allergies, and occasional hives, btw. VERY sensitive skin. Very warm water will even bring out small hives on her back and belly...

Cool down your water (significantly) if your problem continues after Zyrtec and see if that helps! :-)

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   Posted 8/4/2009 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Many soaps contain a perfume called orris root. My allergist said lots of people are allergic to it. Ivory soap does not contain orris root. Try ivory and see if the problems go away. I've had lots less sinus problems since I switched to ivory soap 30 years ago.

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   Posted 8/6/2009 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, my first post was not as clear as I would have liked. 
 
Since your problem happens after a shower it makes me think that the problem is either your hand soap or the laundry detergent the towel was washed in.  Both probably contain orris root, unless you use unscented detergent and hand soap.  When I switched to unscented years ago it cut my sinus trouble in half.  Ivory is the only unscented handsoap that I know of, and Arm & Hammer is the only unscented laundry detergent that I know of - on the box it says 'free of perfume and dye'.  Be careful with the Arm & Hammer because they also make perfumed. 

bookworm21
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   Posted 8/6/2009 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I stopped the Zyrtec on Tuesday and oh my, the itching is back! My legs also itch so much after shaving.
 
My showers aren't hot; they're lukewarm. I'll try cold showers, although I know I won't be a fan!
 
I use regular Tide detergent and Dove body wash for sensitive skin; I can't find if orris roots is used in those. My doctor actually recommended both of those, and I've used Dove for years.
 
Ugh, I don't like my dermatologist and it'll be months before I can get in to see another one.
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   Posted 8/7/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Try switching detergents. Everyone in my household is allergic to Tide. It causes us to itch and it feels like ants are crawling over our skin. Tide, even a gentle formula, is notorious for causing allergic reactions in many people. Look for a pink detergent box that has a baby on it. It is the most gentlest detergent on the market - sorry I am a bit brain dead this morning so I can't remember the name! lol Also, you can try using Cetaphil body soap for a while to see if it helps. Or even Eucerin calming body wash - this is new btw.
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bookworm21
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   Posted 8/7/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I actually switched to Tide after this problem started, but I'll try the other one. I haven't had a good experience with Cetaphil facial products, so I'm hesitant to try that again. I was thinking about trying Aveeno's line for itchy skin.
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bookworm21
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   Posted 8/7/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
It's been 9 hours since I took a shower and I'm still itchy!!!!! taking a cold shower didn't help. I gave in and used an OTC steroid cream and took a Zyrtec. Is it okay to take antihistamines long-term?
 
Has anyone ever used shower filters?


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Red_34
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   Posted 8/8/2009 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
You know what I'm going to say........doctor time! You need to find the cause of this itch or it's going to drive you nuts. Have you seen a doc about it yet or again?

Yes, long term antihistimine usage is fine. I've been on Zyrtec for about 2 years and before that Allegra for 3 years.

Did these itchies correspond to your last Remi infusion?
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   Posted 8/8/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I mentioned it to my rheumy a couple days ago and she said that it's common during the summer b/c of swimming pools, except I haven't been to the pool since I was 12 or so! And then she said to use lotion after shower, which I already do. So no help.
 
Should I schedule an appt. with the dermatologist or my PCP? I really like my PCP, but I'm afraid she may just refer me to the derm, who I don't really like.
 
No, I don't think it has anything to do with the Remicade. This has been going on since June and I had my last infusion last week.
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Red_34
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   Posted 8/8/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I would start with your PCP. Hopefully she could help you. Explain to her that you really don't like the Derm. and maybe she can find another one for you.
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bookworm21
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   Posted 8/13/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
So now I'm itchy all the time. It's awful right after a shower, and pretty mild during the rest of the time. i'm going to try to use a shower filter and see if that helps. If that doesn't help, would I be better off going to an allergist rather than a derm?

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 8/13/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
An allergist can test you to see what you are allergic to.....I'm allergic to orris root also........
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bookworm21
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   Posted 8/24/2009 10:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw an allergist today and he mentioned aquagenic pruitis, but said that it should go away on its on own in 6 months--2 years. He tested me for environmental allergies and found that I'm extremely allergic to everything but mold. So now I have to take Zytrec and Nasonex daily during allergy season. I'm kinda scared to use Nasonex--I'll probably mess it up!
 
Does anyone have fatigue with their allergies? Even though I've been in UC remission since January, I'm having awful fatigue. My GI doesn't think it's UC-related and my rheumy says it and joint pain are too mild to diagnose. Since I have some form of congestion all the time, I'm wondering if that's causing fatigue.
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   Posted 8/25/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, most definately allergies can cause fatigue! Think about it...allergies are nothing more then your body's immune reaction to a foreign substance in your body. Your immune system is fighting the allergen constantly which in turn causes all those lovely allergy symptoms (coughing, runny congested nose, sneezing). Add an AI disease such as Uc (regardless if you're in remission) and you have a recipe for MAJOR fatigue!

Good luck with the Nasonex. I personally HATE all nasal sprays but some have great success with it. My daughter tried Nasonex and Flonase but it gave her a sore throat. Now she is on Nasocort AQ and she likes it much better. Just remember with the nasal sprays, do not spray it down into your nasal cavity. This will then make it go down your throat. Also, don't do heavy sniffs. Shallow sniffs and put the tip of the sprayer just inside the tip of your nose.


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naturman
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   Posted 8/25/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
It could be any number of things. Angelica lotion can be applied to stop the itching


Post Edited By Moderator (Red_34) : 8/25/2009 5:50:15 PM (GMT-6)


bookworm21
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   Posted 8/25/2009 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Well then, I hope the allergy meds will help with the fatigue. I'm so tired that I have to take naps everyday, no matter how much I sleep the night before. At this point, I don't know how I'll survive "real life" (i.e. working 40 hours per week and chores, etc.). sad
Is the Nasonex okay to use everyday? My allergist wants me to use everyday during fall and spring allergy seasons (so a minimum of 6 months per year). I'm nervous about Nasonex, so I haven't used it yet...
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couchtater
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   Posted 8/25/2009 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I used nasonex every day for 5 years. Unfortunately recently I started developing sores from it and my plumologist told me not to take it anymore.

Joy

bookworm21
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   Posted 8/30/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
So I've chickened out over using Nasonex. But I'm going to try a neti pot instead.

I think the congestion must be contributing to the fatigue. Zyrtec has been helping with the itching and sneezing, but not congestion. Hopefully using a neti pot will help. (I'm so stuffy right now!)
Female, Age 20
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