Why am I so damn itchy?
February 2, 2011 6:34 PM Subscribe
What is making me itch...
posted by dobbs to Health & Fitness (43 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I feel like an idiot asking this question as I'm a grown adult and I guess I should know but... it's driving me nuts.
For the past week and a half or so I have been really itchy, pretty much anywhere (elbows, arms, legs, feet, stomach, neck, etc.), though it it's intermittent. It keeps me up nights and is driving me crazy.
I have inspected my bed for bugs after researching bed bugs but there is no sign of them. I even bought white sheets to make them stand out--most articles said I'd see smears of blood or shed skins and such. The sheets are pristine!
There is no evidence of bugs anywhere. All the places I itch look like regular non-itchy parts--no bite marks, scratches, or anything else.
I have not switched deodorants or laundry detergent from what I've been using for years (and am in the middle of a bottle so don't think it's a "bad batch" issue).
At work today a couple people thought I was crazy because I ran up to them with a magnifying glass and had them inspect my arm where it was really itchy to see if there was anything there. Nothing.
One person said, "You have dry skin." I said, "What do you mean, how can you tell?" He said, "Well, it's fuckin' winter. Everyone has dry skin."
To my knowledge, I have never had dry skin in my life (and have never been itchy). I always imagined if I had dry skin, it would look different... like, flakey or something.
So, how can I find out if this is just dry skin? Should I try moisturizer? Should I get a humidifier? Is one soap better than another?
If it's not dry skin, wtf is it? I slept an hour and a half last night and had to go in for a 10 hour shift. I'm terrified of going to sleep tonight for fear that I'll get crazy itchy again. (It seems the stiller I try to be, the itchier I get--lying in the bed, even with a brand new sheet, itchy in 2 minutes. And yes, I examined the mattress closely (magnifying glass)--pristine.)
Lastly, I hate goops. I hate moisturizer, sunscreen, and other things people regularly smear on their bodies. I've never put any of that stuff on my skin, ever and up until a year or two ago, rarely even used soap. I've repeatedly been told by girlfriends that I've had the softest skin they've ever felt and they never believe me when I say it's because I don't use that crap. I've heard that repeated use of these products can actually make the skin drier. If I now have dry skin and start using that gunk, will I have to then use permanently it?
Note, though I think the above sounds crazy, I don't think I'm crazy. At least not about this.