Itchy every night, and all over body, help?

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My grandmother keeps complaining and suffering from itchiness that won't go away. She uses powder to help stop the symptoms but they seldom do. I can't think of anything she's allergic to either.

Can someone help me?

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    I also get this, would be very interested to see the answers.

    Some things to try; use shower/bath products with minimal ingredients, for example Sanex 0%.

    Check your washing powder is non-bio and hasn't got any harmful chemicals.

    Also, does she get any twitching/spasms at all?

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    Dry skin can cause itching, try something like Nivea and see it that helps.  Does she drink enough fluids?  Elderly people sometimes cut back on their intake because they are afraid of incontinence.

    What age is your grandmother?

    Has she been to see her GP?  A sedating anti-histamine might help.

    Get your grandmother to go to her GP and have an MOT!  


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    Does your grandmother have any yellowing to the whites of the eyes or/and her skin?

    Itching can be a symptom of liver problems.

    She should see her GP and rule this out.

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      Where the skin itches, they're these tiny spots. She complains that they appear all around her body, but only irritate her at night.
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    I apologise to your grandmother, late 50s isn't elderly!!

    She ought to go to her GP.

    Has she changed her washing powder/liquid recently, or, has the manufacturer changed the ingredients?  My itching started in about 2002 and was triggered by cheap rubber gloves.  Initially, I/the doctor, thought it was latex but after a lot of research and eventually being referred to a Dermatologist, who did patch testing, it was found that I was/am allergic to formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers.

    That was brought under control by very potent steroid cream.  [There are levels of potenct and 'very potent' is the highest]

    I subsequently started to itch again in about 2010 and, again, after a lot of research etc., I was referred to a Dermatologist and this time, it is an autoimmune disease and I have been on systemic steroids and am now on steroid sparing drugs.

    I used to itch a lot at night and put copious amounts of 'very potent' steroid cream on and sit with my feet in a bowl of ice cold water to stop the itching, this was prior to being referred.

    So, tell your grandmother to go to her GP and get some tests, diabetes is another thing that can cause itching, the list is endless!  And ask her if she has changed the washing powder or shampoo, or hand cream or anything like that.

    Good luck to her!



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