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Itching

Hi dont know if this is an ms symptom or not,or it could be memopausal?

i ,keep on scratching my legs the itch is horrendous,Ive been using an antihistimine tab,also trying to use diprobase cream.My legs are red at the mo,the cats havent got fleas or no bed bugs etc.There isnt no rash to speak off,i havent been bitten.I do suffer from seb dermatitis,and its on face,scalp,but not on arms,body,legs.Been going on for a few days now.I havent changed anything,soap,washing powder etc.I just carnt put my finger on it.I just wondered if anyone else had itchy places on body

kim

Hello Kim,

Like you I too have suffered with an awful itch on my back in exactly the same spot every day and my head itches like mad. Also my cat doesn’t have fleas so I guess it’s just one of those weird and wonderful things with ms.

Janet

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Hi Kim I suffer itchy skin but only on my legs for some reason, I itch it so much it bruises really bad and at times I look like I’ve been abused :frowning: I spoke with my gp about it and unfortunatley she could’nt offer a solution, Is it another symptom of this disease? I really don’t know :frowning: only thing I do know is it’s not nice Sue x

I’ve been taking antihistamine for my itching which is around face, neck and chest. It is getting me down but the antihistamine helps for a short while so I take when I know it is at its worse ( at night in bed) and frozon flannels on the problem area. It has left my skin marked even thou there is no rash initially. Sometimes my skin goes completely red with a burning feeling I literally look like I’ve been sunbathing in the midday sun. Is it connected or not I don’t know. It’s not going to be a petty sight this summer when I lose these winter layers! Wishing all itchers RELIEF! Jo x

Hi Kim

I’ve also been scratching on my legs only - cats and dog flea-free.

I went to the GP as like Bambi I was itching so much I had bruises and she gave me Canestan.

This didn’t work so 2weeks later she prescribed Dermovate which when I read the leaflet was a steroid cream. I used it once and relief - the itching stopped!

That was 2 weeks ago but yesterday (and especially last night) the itch came back! Aarrgghh!!

I will use it again today to see if it still helps (fingers crossed). I am up again and it’s only 5.30am (or 6.30 if you remembered to put your clocks forward) because it’s so bad I can’t sleep…

Thinking of all you itchy people out there,

Maria x

Itching can definitely be a symptom of MS. Too often, people make light of itching – it can become unbearable. Unfortunately, most general practioners and dermatologists are clueless, as are many neurologists. You need an MS neurologist who can assess whether it is in fact an MS itch and how to treat it. If he/she says out of hand that itching is unrelated, then you need to quickly find another MS neurologst. There are a few medications – it can become trial and error. It is a nerve issue, not a skin issue. Therefore, creams are rarely if ever effective. Good luck – you don’t have to suffer.

Itching can definitely be a symptom of MS. Too often, people make light of itching – it can become unbearable. Unfortunately, most general practioners and dermatologists are clueless, as are many neurologists. You need an MS neurologist who can assess whether it is in fact an MS itch and how to treat it. If he/she says out of hand that itching is unrelated, then you need to quickly find another MS neurologst. There are a few medications – it can become trial and error. It is a nerve issue, not a skin issue. Therefore, creams are rarely if ever effective. Good luck – you don’t have to suffer.

Yes it’s very MS and very irritating!

Try Doublebase gel… get it on Amazon, in chemist or prescribed through GP.

If it’s one small area of itching… like toes or palms of hands… try rubbing sensitive toothpaste on. It numbs the nerve ends.

Pat x

Yes, I get it too and have chacked for fleas and nits many times! It’s taken a lot of practise and maybe mine isn’t as bad but I’m getting pretty good at not starting to scratch now as once I’ve started I can’t stop.

I think I’llorder some of that cream Pat so thanks for the tip. Then again, there is something rather appealing about smelling minty-fresh in bed!

Mags xx

Wow, I saw a team of dermatologists last year and was patch tested for about 60 things that I “could be allergic to” and they all came back negative! They all told me that my immune system and my ms had nothing to do with my skin problems! I never thought it could be nerve related. So now I now and I can do something about it if it flares up again. I am so glad I found this forum, it is amazing! Thank you xx

Wow, I saw a team of dermatologists last year and was patch tested for about 60 things that I “could be allergic to” and they all came back negative! They all told me that my immune system and my ms had nothing to do with my skin problems! I never thought it could be nerve related. So now I now and I can do something about it if it flares up again. I am so glad I found this forum, it is amazing! Thank you xx

Wow, I saw a team of dermatologists last year and was patch tested for about 60 things that I “could be allergic to” and they all came back negative! They all told me that my immune system and my ms had nothing to do with my skin problems! I never thought it could be nerve related. So now I now and I can do something about it if it flares up again. I am so glad I found this forum, it is amazing! Thank you xx

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