November 2, 2006 1:06 PM Subscribe
Why are my shins so itchy?
posted by clairezulkey to health & fitness (21 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Somehow over the last year I developed sensitive skin but only on my shins.
It started about a year ago I put on a pair of wool socks and felt something in them irritating me on my left shin. I itched it for a few days, developed a little abrasion from doing so freaked out and then didn't touch it for a while, but would put cortisone cream on it. It left a little scar.
Since then on both shins my skin gets very itchy--but only on my shins! Additionally, the skin is more sensitive than it used to be--I used a disposable razor a few weeks ago and I still am recovering from the bumps and pimples it caused. I don't have very sensitive skin elsewhere on my body.
I think if this was something like psoriasis, it would look much worse (right now at worst it looks like I have mosquito bites on my shins.) I don't want to pay to go to the dermatologist, especially for something that seems so random, but the paranoid part of me is thinking that in a year they're going to say, "It's cellulitis, and now we have to amputate your legs."
Have any of you ever experienced something like this that's so localized? Do I just need a better body lotion or is it possible I have a little something going on below the knees that needs attention?