Join Date: Jan 2002
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For months I've been scratching my head in various places, and can't seem to stop. There are a number of sore and itchy areas that won't heal because I can't leave them alone! I've seen a dermatologist, tried various prescription remedies and even had an area biopsied to make sure there are no major skin diseases causing this (there don't seem to be). I've tried many drugstore and homeopathic itch creams, tea tree oil, etc. and have even resorted to things like diaper rash cream and Vicks Vapor Rub! Nothing helps. The dermatologist very nicely suggested it's a stress-related problem, and I'm willing to consider that though it seems like an awfully odd stress reaction.
Generally I'm healthy though I have fairly severe anemia that finally responded to ferrous gluconate twice a day, and do have a history of an immune system disorder but it has been in remission for nearly 15 years.
Has anyone ever encountered this, and if so did anything help? I've been reading older posts about diet-related conditions and have been wondering if there are any connections for me - I've read about gluten intolerance and also yeast-related problems, but I don't even know what to try to eliminate from my diet (and how to start) to see if my scratching will diminish.
My ds and his dad have taken to teasing me by imitating a monkey scratching its head, in an effort to get me to stop. I wish it worked! If anyone has any ideas I could try, or advice about dietary changes, I would be so grateful.