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Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent?

Posted by kmd on January 30, 2001 at 10:34:00:

Hi, I have a small area of itchiness on the balls of one of my feet. There is no rash or visible sign of anything there, just a tremendous itch, and it has been with me now probably 3 years or more I'd say. It itches more at night, but not every night. I thought it itched all the time but it is not itching right now. Anyway, when it itches, I scratch really hard or put deep sharp pressure into the area with my thumbnail, but I cannot stop the itch as it feels like it is deep under the skin or within an inner nerve or something. When it really gets going I want to cut myself to relieve it (of course I don't actually DO that but I get the feeling I would prefer pain to the itch if you know what I mean). Anyway, wondering if anyone else has this or knows the cause or what to do. Thanks.



Re: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent?

Posted by AK on January 31, 2001 at 00:00:09:

In Reply to: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent? posted by kmd on January 30, 2001 at 10:34:00:

Yes, I am one of those people - maybe a slightly different spot, but still on my foot, and yes, at night it acts the worst. I even "felt" your itch when reading your description (LOL). I had no oficial diagnosis, but it is most likely a fungus, either jock itch, or athlet's foot, something in this category. I also noticed, that wearing my smeakers for a long time makes it worse. I use over the counter Lotrimin cream or sprey powder - and it helps. Unfortunately, the itch is recurring and I have no clue how to get rid of it permanently.



Re: Recurring Itch, to AK

Posted by kmd on January 31, 2001 at 12:11:50:

In Reply to: Re: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent? posted by AK on January 31, 2001 at 00:00:09:

Thanks AK. Is yours like mine in that you can see absolutely no visible signs of anything wrong with the skin? Also, I'm not really following you on the fungus issue due to the previous point (skin looks normal). Not saying it's not possible but wouldn't the skin show it? Do you ever feel like it is stemming from the nerves in that area of your foot? Perhaps it is a nerve problem, I don't know! Glad it doesn't itch all day!



Re: Recurring Itch, to AK

Posted by AK on January 31, 2001 at 15:42:31:

In Reply to: Re: Recurring Itch, to AK posted by kmd on January 31, 2001 at 12:11:50:

Yes, mine is the same, no visible signes of any kind on the skin - just itch. As I mentioned, I DO NOT KNOW what causes it, but the med I mentioned helps (for some time) - would it help if it wasn't something of a fungus nature? (from "foot care department")
I only wrote to let you know that you are not alone with this. I did not attempt to diagnose anything - lets wait until DR. Stoll gives his opinion.



Re: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent? (Archive in skin.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 01, 2001 at 09:27:37:

In Reply to: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent? posted by kmd on January 30, 2001 at 10:34:00:

Hi, AK & kmd (alphabet soup?) [grin].

So long as the skin in the area looks normal, MY opinion would be that it is the scratching that causes the itch. You would be amazed to learn how common this is. Pushed to its conclusion this is called neurodermatitis and the skin begins to change.

The solution is to discipline yourselves to NOT scratch. If you cannot do that, you will have to deal with the anxiety that has been displaced into this spot.

I know you will not like to hear this but, if you would go to a good (honest) dermatologist, she would tell you the same thing. Topical cortisone cream might give you temporary relief.

Let us know how you do.

Walt



Re: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent?

Posted by Joanie on February 01, 2001 at 10:17:04:

In Reply to: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent? posted by kmd on January 30, 2001 at 10:34:00:

You might also try DMSO. Although I have no personal experience with the itch you mention, DMSO has penetrating capabilities and has a warm feeling which might bring you some relief. Can't hurt.

Namaste'

Joanie



Re: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent?

Posted by kmd on February 01, 2001 at 13:07:37:

In Reply to: Re: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent? posted by Joanie on February 01, 2001 at 10:17:04:

Thanks Joanie. I know little-to-nothing about DMSO. Where do you get it, (what is it exactly? I thought it was a carrier or something?) is it expensive and what does it do? Does it work on its own or must it be combined with the hydrocortizone?



Re: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent?

Posted by Joanie on February 01, 2001 at 13:31:09:

In Reply to: Re: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent? posted by kmd on February 01, 2001 at 13:07:37:

Okay, I'll tell you what little I know. I got mine at my HFS. It comes in a bottle and rolls on just like deodorant. I believe it's made from wood pulp. It's used to treat deep pain like muscle aches, that's why I thought of it for your itch. I've used it for my heel spur along with a cream (I don't remember what kind, it's at home.) as a carrier because DMSO is a liquid. It didn't really help cure the heel spur, (I still have it, and it hurts on occasion, but not NEARLY like it did.)but it was very soothing. I'm sorry, I don't remember how much it was. I don't think a whole lot. Hope this helps.

How's your little boy doing with the candida?

Namaste'

Joanie



Re: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent?

Posted by
Vince F on February 01, 2001 at 13:39:09:

In Reply to: Re: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent? posted by kmd on February 01, 2001 at 13:07:37:

K,

DMSO is a penetrating pain reliever so might help your itch.
health food stores should sell it and last time i checked a
few oz cost about 10$. I never used it and they claim MSM
which is supposed to be very close to it penetrates the skin
but I never tried it on my skin. Used to be that DMSO was
said to give you garlic breath which is why it never went
over to big but I know hockey teams were using it for pains
from bruising and swearing by it. I am wondering if cold or
heat relieve the itch ??

VF



Re: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent?

Posted by kmd on February 01, 2001 at 14:04:49:

In Reply to: Re: Recurring Itch, seems to be underneath surface of skin and permanent? posted by Joanie on February 01, 2001 at 13:31:09:

Thanks Vince for the idea about heat or cold. Ice might help,eh?

Joanie, thanks I'll keep DMSO in mind. Maybe some in the shoulder blade and neck area would help me with my aches from sitting at this computer also. It's my older son who seems to have the candida, and he's doing about the same (not great, but OK). Thanks for asking!



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