Extreme Itch on Forearms and Hands

by Anonymous

My skin problem began as a small mosquito type bump and after almost tearing my arm off because of the scratching due to the extreme itch, the lesions got deeper. I went to a doctor and got lotion with ammonia. Another doctor ordered a steroid ointment and then a sulphur based cream. I tried an over the counter medicine for fungus that the doctor suggested and it was for athlete's foot. It really itches especially when I wake up in morning. None of the creams or over the counter medications have worked for this extremely itchy skin rash. Some anti-itching medicines help but only for a little while. I put ice packs on the sores and unfortunately they still itch. I had an ice pack the other day on my affected skin for three hours and this still did not stop the itching. I am about to go crazy with this skin problem.

When the itching stops for a while I am extremely exhausted and depressed. I take medications for chronic depression - Ibuprofen, Lamictal, Zoloft, Seroquel, and Lorazepam. The sores have a hard circle around them with tiny bumps/skin fibres in the center that look like bubbles. It has a shiny clear serum when scrathed before it bleeds. I know this is a long story but I am about to cut my arm off.

There are numerous sores present. On the left arm there are seven big lesions and a few small lesions on the hands. On the right arm there are several dime sized lesions and one big one. What can this be? I thought brachioradial pruritus but the symptoms for this skin condition are not as bad as what I am suffering from.

Can anyone help me diagnosis what this extremely itchy rash on my arms is and how to treat it properly?

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Jul 18, 2014
Bacterial Infection with Folliculitis
by: Anonymous

Your symptoms are very similar to mine some time back. My doctor diagnosed me with a Staph infection complicated with folliculitis. I told him that I had not been in any hospitals which I thought was the only place to get staph. I was misinformed as one can get a staph infection outside of a hospital.

He prescribed an antibiotic which resulted in significant improvement after a couple of weeks but the antibiotic began to make me throw up so I stopped taking them since there were only three left and it appeared the infection was mostly gone. In a few weeks the infection was back and I went back to the doctor. He then prescribed a stronger antibiotic called Z-Pack which is one pill a day for six days. Again, there appeared to be significant improvement but no cure. He then tried another antibiotic which I refilled one time and went back to the doctor since I wanted to ensure that no more medication was needed. I also found that taking a couple of baths each day seemed to help speed the healing. The infection is cured but it has left my legs with some scars and a few on my arms.

I highly recommend that you see a different doctor and hopefully he can properly diagnose and treat your condition. In fact, I would advise that your see a dermatologist since they specialize in skin conditions.

I hope this information is helpful and that you find a cure soon.


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