Wow, I finally find a post that has my exact itching problem. No one understands exactly what we go through. I've been itching for over 16 years on my upper arms & neck and I've had many tired days and bloody sheets throughout the years. One night after having no sleep, I threw away all my bedding with the matress. I went purchase a new matress, sheets and comforter. I cant really say what triggered it but it is unpredictable and year round. Went I went to see an allergist, he said I should get allergy injections. After thousands spent on these injections, I went to see another allergist. He told that only 2% of people that actually receive allergy injections are for skin conditions! That quack Dr took my money for 7 years. I stopped the injections and then went to a demonologist. He said that it could possibly be caused from the sun as a condition called polymorphous light eruption - but I didn't agree. To this day, I still use dye / perfume free soap, moisturizing lotions, washing liquid, underarm deodorant and more recently dishwashing liquid. I've also asked my girlfriend not to wear any perfumes to bed as this could get on the bedding. I've tried all antihistamine pills, lotions and potions....none worked. I've been taking the following for a few years now and they are effective. You (and whoever is in your bed) will still lose sleep, just not as much.

Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment 0.5%. This also comes in a cream. Use as needed.
Cyproheptadine 4mg tablet. This works for itching. I take 2 before bed. If I wake up itching during the night, I'll take 1 or 2 more.

I've always taken vitamins for health and I still believe in them. My next phase is to stop taking all vitamins, then begin taking them one at a time to see if maybe one of them makes me itch. I will also try some of these other remedies listed on the previous posts.
Thanks guys!
Galen

Posted By Galen on July 14, 2011 at 14:28:11:

In Reply to: Intense localized itching on arms posted by Christie Baker on January 25, 2005 at 14:29:14:

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