I certainly do understand all to well that horrible prickly itching. It keeps me awake. Actually startles me and can be related to several diseases, mostly to auto immune. I have quite a few. The dr. RX Hydroxyzine/Atarax,it works really well. Benedryl causes more itching. After years of looking finally the past 10 yrs found something that works. It also calms down my anxiety that comes with it.
I have a high level of adrenalin production. At night when I sleep I continue to produce high levels of adrenalin & with little movement while at rest or sleep. It then manifests into the itch from hell...
I describe it as an allergic reaction, feels like bees stinging with an all over incredible itch. Swelling in the body from auto immune diseases also contribute. Even Zantac most prescribed for acid indigestion is also a anti histamine sometimes it works.
There are no signs of a rash or skin lesions, only extreme itching. Allergy tested found nothing. Light box UVB & sun seems to help. Small exposures daily. After a few weeks of sun exposure all signs stop.
I Drink lots of water and keep moving the best way I can during the day. Helps decrease any itching, keeping skin well moisturized is essential for me.
Occasionally I need the Hydroxyzine. Sitting not moving is my worst enemy.
The itching is under control. Hydroxyzine is a anti histamine in a different family than all the OTC anti histamines.
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Post Edited (Chotti) : 5/22/2014 1:16:28 PM (GMT-6)