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 Posted 8/26/2013 4:19:49 PM
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For about as long as I can remember, I have been itchy.  I don't have any kind of rashers, or anything.  It appears to be mostly random, is pretty much 24/7, and occurs suddenly and anywhere.  (I have noticed 3 areas where its much more common:  around my eyebrows, in the groin area, and on my shoulder blades . . . if that means anything.)  Could this be a sign of a nutritional deficiency (or excess)?  Any ideas on possible "cures?"
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From what I recall iron and/or zinc deficiencies can lead to that, there may be others as well.
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 Posted 8/27/2013 4:30:44 AM
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What does your dermatologist say?

Are you taking niacin?


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Never been to a dermatologist.  Asked my doc about it, she recommended Benadryl or other anti-histamines.  (All that did was make me drowsy.)  I take zinc, plus what's in my multi.  Just niacin that in the multi.  My iron tested at the low end of "normal".  (I took iron for a while, but didn't notice any differences.)
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Niacin could make the itching worse, but if you've had it your whole life, taking niacin now wouldn't be the cause of the problem.

Have you been checked for allergies?  Where do you live?


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Hi Pak, how does your bilirubin look in your blood labs?  Bilirubin is supposed to cause itching, even at moderately mild elevations. 

There's a syndrome called "Gilbert's Syndrome" which is a genetic condition where bilirubin is consistently mildly elevated and can cause itching.  Gilbert's is harmless, and there are indications it even protects against cardiovascular disease, so no worries (other than the itching) with Gilbert's. 

It's a shot in the dark, but I just thought of it when you mentioned it had been going on as long as you can remember.  
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Healthy fats may help with itching. I wish the whole low-fat diet craze had never happened. We need fats. Borage oil or other GLA sources might help. Oral is probably best, but there are good lotions with borage, too.

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tea tree oil is solution for rashes and itches. It's antibacterial property makes it a special oil for skin infection.
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It may be a good idea to have your doctor check your adrenal gland function. When your adrenal glands begin to fail the first thing it strikes is your skin and itchy skin is often a result. 
I used to have a really bad problem with this and ended up finding out that for years I had a tumor growing on one adrenal gland. Thankfully I had a great doctor that took care of the problem but it can be very serious to have issues with your adrenal glands. What I had is very rare so I doubt if you have a tumor, but many people have problems with adrenal gland function and do not know it and that can be fixed.
I found that the best thing to help with the discomfort is ice packs. It seems to take away the itching and helps you to relax so the itching stops.
I really hope this helps you. I know how awful it can be to have that problem.
Another thing to look at would be if you are taking any kind of pain pills. They can also create the itchy skin problem.
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Welcome to the Forums, Ralani.

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