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OT - Waking with itchy hands

Postby kteague on Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:59 am

For many years I awaken in the middle of the night with the palms of my hands itching intensely. I scratch and scratch then fall back asleep. At my last sleep study the tech asked me afterward, "What's this?" and held his hands up moving them. I told him it was just me scratching my palms.

It is not dry skin. It is not listed as a side effect to my nighttime meds. It doesn't happen during the day. They do not feel "asleep". The itching is limited to the palms and between the fingers. In the early years it included the soles of my feet, but they haven't itched in years. I have a chemical profile a couple times a year and the liver numbers are always normal.

Does anybody else do this and understand why? Or not understand it and we can look for commonalities?

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Postby deerslayer on Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:46 am

Kathy, i am no doctor. however i have had 2 episodes of intense itchy palms . they were both due to an onset of an anaphylactic episode . both times were after going to bed. the first an hour after, the second before i fell asleep. first time definitely freaked me out not knowing what to expect. be very careful Kathy and document what you ate, meds, etc. ...after the onset of the palms came huge hives all over, tightness in chest, swelling of throat,etc. you may want to report to your doc. ...being an old diver ,i immediately went for the benadryl .fifteen min. after taking, symptoms started to subside i went back to bed and slept through the night...in the morning i caught hell from wife. she made me call the e r @ the va. they then said come right out, then they gave me hell. now i carry a couple of eppi pens . do not take these symptoms litely.....i think i've narrowed the reaction down to soy, but not positive. these things can be cumulative

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Postby bap40 on Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:46 am

Agree with above post. An allergic reaction can start at any time and can go from a mild one to major very fast. Anaphalitic shock is very dangerous event that can and does cause death if not treated fast enough. I would definetly see the doc about this and of course keep the Bendryl or the generic brand very handy. You just never know when a formerly mild reaction is going to turn into a major one.
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Postby Alisha on Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:39 pm

Kathy, I hope you will discuss this with an allergy doctor since itchiness is a big part of allergies. And determining the culprit(s) is difficult. Of course there could be many other causes to explore also.

I awaken several times a month with itchy, painful whelps on different parts of my body. Taking a Benadryl Allergy tablet helps, but the whelps often bring on my auto-immune skin disease which has to be doctored. I even bought a new bed and bedding, but it didn't help.

A few weeks ago I decided to take a Benadryl Allergy before bedtime each night hoping to ward off the morning whelps. This did help for awhile, but the whelps started appearing again. Then a couple of days ago when I read that Benadryl can cause cognitive impairment in seniors (thanks SAG for the sites for this info), I quit taking the Benadryl at night.

For the past two days since I stopped taking Benadryl, I itch all over. I know skin is necessary, but most of the time I hate mine. :lol: :lol:

I've been told I'll need to stay on a rotation diet the rest of my life and still may develop more food toxicities. I joke about being allergic to everything.

Let us know if you can find out what is causing your hands to itch at night and if anything can help. I will keep you in my prayers.

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Postby sleepycarol on Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:05 pm

Alisha we seem to have alot in common.

I too have many allergies -- in fact the allergist said he hadn't seen any as allergic to so many things before. He said on a scale of 1 to 10 I was at least a 12.

When I stop taking my antihistamines (I take Zyrtec daily) I will have an intense itching that will not go away and I have tried "toughing it out" for a couple of days but nothing will relief the itching until I take an antihistamine.

It appears that Kathy's itching is localized to her hands. I wonder how her circulation is? If I wear tight fitting socks my feet will itch something awful for an hour or so after removing my socks. That is why I am wondering about the circulation. Kathy do your hands ever feel really cold?

Could still be allergies. I would bring it to the doctor's attention to see what can be done about it.
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Postby brandyII on Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:17 pm

I have that too sometimes, and just start scratching my palms and it never made sense to me. I just searched on line and the first thing one person said was that it meant that you were to come into money and I thought okay that's a good thing! But then it went on to say it could be a number of things so like the others suggested you should be seen by your doctor and hopefully he/she can figure out the source. Good luck, brandyII.

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Thanks for your replies

Postby kteague on Fri Apr 04, 2008 9:56 pm

I'd much prefer to come into money than go into a full blown allergic reaction! As long and as much as they've itched, must be enough money to be worth waiting for.

As soon as I said they never itch during the day, today they did. I will keep track of meds, foods, products as suggested and keep the Benedryl nearby. I don't remember ever mentioning it to my doctor, but I will.

Thanks for the concern. I certainly wasn't taking it that seriously - more of an aggravation than anything. Now I know to be more vigilant.

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Postby brandyII on Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:02 pm

I'm with you on the money thing! Just a thought since I belong to other health forums have you been to an endocrinologist? I've had some issues with my thyroid and diabetes II and I don't know if it's relative to your situation or not but it never hurts to get blood workups done, good luck to you, brandyII. :D

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Postby Country4ever on Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:52 am

I would wonder about a food intolerance.......dairy? wheat? corn?
When I drink milk, or eat ice cream, my neck gets itchy, and some other parts.
If it is a nerve thing, make sure you're taking plenty of the B vitamins....including sublinqual B12.

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Postby Felicia on Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:14 pm

Mine seems to be a little worse than yours, I am going soon to get tested, but I have been able to
narrow some of mine down. If I eat certain foods I will get whelps on my hands only on the knuckles,
and in between my fingers, and my palms will get real red and whelp up. If I go shopping and I touch
a hanger my palms whelp up. My seem to be from foods I eat, sometimes its so bad it causes me to
have breathing promblems. And belive it or not Im allergic to Benedryl so I put some aloe jel on it
and that helps take the burn and itch away but have not found anything that helps with the breathing
promblem.

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Postby Guest on Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:17 pm

[quote="Felicia"]Mine seems to be a little worse than yours, I am going soon to get tested, but I have been able to
narrow some of mine down. If I eat certain foods I will get whelps on my hands only on the knuckles,
and in between my fingers, and my palms will get real red and whelp up. If I go shopping and I touch
a hanger my palms whelp up. Mine seem to be from foods I eat, sometimes its so bad it causes me to
have breathing promblems. And belive it or not Im allergic to Benedryl so I put some aloe jel on it
and that helps take the burn and itch away but have not found anything that helps with the breathing
promblem, Not sure about just your getting while you sleep as mine pops up anytime day or night

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itchy hands + food sensitivities

Postby Mile High Sleeper on Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:38 pm

My hands have been very itchy for many months, felt more at night and upon waking and also during the day. I've traced it to food sensitivities. Through my MD, I had a saliva test, for less than $50 and not paid by insurance, that tested for wheat, dairy, soy, and egg. The test and my eating trials show that I'm sensitive to soy and egg. Although the test showed dairy is OK, I can't eat most dairy.

There is also a stool test that costs about $250, not paid by insurance, which tests for many foods. I haven't had that test.

Best thing is an elimination (simple) diet and then add back one food at a time and see what makes your hands itchy.

My itchy hands are also linked to insomnia. Most times I have both, sometimes just one symptom. Eliminating the culprit foods really helps.

An allergist might help.

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OT lactose intorlerance

Postby ozij on Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:55 pm

Mile High Sleeper,
You didn't say why you can't eat most dairy. If it's because you get bloated and have stomaches, then that may be Lactose intolereance.

Lactose (milk sugar) is taken apart in the human digestive tract by an enzyme called Lactase. Some people produce little or no lactase to begin wiht, others loose the cpapcity to poduce it with age.
Its not an allergy nor is it a sensitivity - and by reducing lactose in the dairy products, you can eat dairy food just fine.

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Postby deerslayer on Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:10 pm

my allergy tests came up with nothing significant .Vanderbilt did a food panel and all the other common stuff like dust,dander,etc. ..however, as soon as i stopped the herbal form of lowvestatin (red yeast rice) i was taking 4 a day, i had no more episodes. was also going after the toasted soy nuts during this time. doc put me on straight simvastatin 40mg daily with no side affects.

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