(not fornication, alas) possibly due to perimenopause? If so, how did you treat it? Itching is making me crazy!!
I have major formication on my head and neck, and sometimes on my arms, and it seems to be getting more frequent. (Am in my early 40s.) A year ago, I first high-tailed it to the dermatologist when I thought it might be lice, but she checked and found nothing, not even dandruff or a rash ("the only thing I see is a few red marks where you scratched," she said).
So she tested me for 29 allergens, and found nothing. (I had already switched to an anti-allergen shampoo; nothing). She then sent me to an allergy specialist, who tested me for 100 more allergens; nothing. They prescribed *peering at labels* Clobetasol, Betamethasone, and Triamcinolone; nada.
So doing some research, including here on Metafilter, I'm thinking that it could be due to perimenopause. Ok, fine. BUT HOW DO I GET RID OF IT?! It used to occur only every few days, but now barely a half-day goes by without scratching like crazy, and go I nuts at work meetings trying not to scratch.
I've just made an appointment with my gyno, and hopefully he'll have a solution. The two dermos, and my GP, all seemed to think that it was just an allergen that hadn't been discovered yet, especially since it's limited to my head and neck. But the research I've done, such as this article
, seems to say "well the good news is, it'll eventually disappear." Aaaagh!! Anyway, before I see the doctor I was hoping that the hive mind would have some wisdom, or experience, on this subject. Was there a certain medication that helped? Did you try a different approach, such as acupuncture?
Oh, and one other data point: I'm on birth control pills, the same ones for 20+ years. The last time I went to the gyno I discussed other possible perimenopause symptoms I thought I was having (weird memory lapses, darker, stranger periods), he said that that was weird because the pills should mask all perimenopausal symptoms due to their hormone content, or something. So maybe the formication is something else, I don't know. I just want it to stop.