Very dry itchy back

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i recently had an epidural for a total hip replacement. Since then my back has been incredibly dry and very itchy. I try not to scratch but it's driving me mad. I read that it can be to do with something the anaesthetist puts on. I wash it gently but that can bring on the awful itching again. Has anyone else experienced this?

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    This can be a side effect of epidural anaesthesia. Tell your doctor . He/she may be able to give you something like a steroid and/or antihistamine but it sometimes takes time to clear. 
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      Hi Julia I had an absolutely terrible time with itchy back, I put it down to spending more time sitting, E45 itch cream was brilliant, its more or less instant and you can get it on prescription.

      Plenty of moisturizer as well

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      No your definitely not on your own, I now use in shower moisturiser as well, I also sometimes get itchy legs just to add to the Joy's, I blame the heat as well

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