Entire Body Itchiness


I talked to my Dr today about my entire body being itchy from my head and face to my toes. I do have dry skin, which I moisturize all the time but this has occurred within the last two weeks. All laundry detergent, body wash, etc. is the same. It has coincided with two things 1) I started a new medication, dexedrine, for severe fatigue. After my first dose I had a sensitivity to the drug (face, neck and chest became extremely red, flushed and hot along with itchiness and a slight fever. It happened during the first day and I haven't had further symptoms since and 2) I'm allergic to cats (this is newish, within the last few years) and I am caring for my best friend's cat. She was evacuated during the wildfires in Fort McMurray. I don't have huge amounts of contact with the cat. She stays mostly downstairs and I wash my hands after touching her and her things. She's been frightened with escaping the fire, driving a long distance and being in a new home (with a dog) so she has scratched me multiple times on one hand and the scratches are very red and swollen and itchy. Until recently there was another cat in the house (he has since paseed away) and although I was allergic to his dander too, I didn't have this full body itchiness. I'm wondering if it's caused by the cat scratches. Could this have released an allergen within my body? My Dr is stumped and so am I. * I'm not looking for a diagnosis - I'm just wondering if anyone has ever had the same type of reaction either from cats or cat scratches or dexadrine. And what the heck can I do about the constant itchiness??!!! The only things I can think of is calming baths, continued moisturizing, keeping cat contact to a minimum and benedryl. I don't want to have to take benedryl daily... help I'm soooooooooooooo itchy!!! And no, no bedbugs or anything like that. I've been scratching my skin everywhere about 30 times since typing this LOL
May 13, 2016 @ 03:30 am

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A new medication could definitely be the cause.. Maybe an oatmeal bath or calamine lotion if you haven't already tried?
I have an allergy to cats as well, but when they touch me, the itchiness is confined to that area. It'll get all bumpy and red, but always in a small area where I came into contact with them.

I have found, with myself that I get really itchy (usually my scalp and legs, but it can be all over if its really bad) when I am stressed out. I will scratch until I bleed (really bad.. I know)... Moisturizing doesn't help at all.. Just trying to calm myself kind of helps. Naps work too lol... Anything to ease my mind and kind of.. Hide from the world. Sorry for rambling .. I really hope you find a cure for it and feel better!
May 13, 2016 @ 04:00 am


Not sleeping well makes me itch all over. Hope you feel better soon!
May 13, 2016 @ 05:17 am


Yeah, I'm really starting to wonder if it's the scratches releasing sometging into the bloodstream. I don't even know if that's possible. All I know is the itch is crazy. I am under tremendous stress. My son's father is fighting me for custoday and we have court on Monday. But I've never been itchy due to stress before. If I used calamine lotion I'd have to soak my entire body in it. I'd look like a walking pepto bismal hahahaha! Oatmeal bath sounds good though but I also need something for my face. I can't even wear makeup right now cause I'm rubbing my entire face all day. I had to take Claritin in the middle of the night last night! Good thing I see my derm soon - I have more suspicious moles to be removed. They're so itchy too I scratched one off! I already had over 10 suspicious moles removed recently. Hopefully it has nothing to do with that. Thanks for your input girls!
May 13, 2016 @ 10:07 am


You can try putting baking soda in your bath water and then applying calamine lotion after you're done. I'm not sure about whether or not a cat's scratches can cause itchiness, but if germs entered your bloodstream, it may be possible. I have a relative who was once scratched by a neighbour's cat and the doctor advised him to get a tetanus shot. Has your doctor mentioned this?
May 13, 2016 @ 12:18 pm


No, nothing was mentioned about a tetanus shot. I can't remember when I last had one.
May 13, 2016 @ 01:00 pm


It's usually good for a 10 year period, I believe.
May 13, 2016 @ 01:04 pm

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