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Hi, I have suffered from itching crawling skin with a sensation of ants crawling and sting you all over. It is a horrible sensation if you have suffered from it!! I have discussed this with many doctors, had allergy testing, blood work, thyroid levels maintained, tried NHRT, yeast free diet, de-tox, and so on.
I notice it seems to be worse prior to my period and when my hormones are fluctuating. I'm always searching for answers...today, I read an interesting article about the 38 symptoms of peri-and menopausal symptoms. It discussed a nonestrogenic herb known as Macafem from the Maca plant that safely treats menopausal symptoms naturally as the body creates its own hormones. Yes, Itchy, crawling skin is discussed!! I also want to try it to help with my Headaches, fatique, PMS, and so on... Has anyone tried this with success? I tried Black Cohosh, Vitex, and others...
I did find that I was Vit. D defecient, very low(12): Vit.D helps your thyroid function. My Endocrinologist put me back on a Rx. Vit. D, and a 5,000IU supple. 3x's a week. I have already noticed less fatique, headaches, and muscle pain has improved.
I take many Vitamins, herbs, etc. but find I have difficulty absorbing them.
I will be having my hormone levels checked, but hate to get back on the pill.
Someone else, posted Levtin for Menopausal Itching. Does anyone have remedies to help with the intense crawling skin sensation??? I take Benadryl, Zanax and a Muscle Relaxer, and still wake up itching all over. It's not the bed-bugs...I bought a new mattress too!! Kind Regards, God Bless all your Health Needs!! D.White rainbow
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replied February 18th, 2009
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It sounds like a reaction from some drug you may have taken....I hope you find the cure....

Caroline
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replied March 30th, 2009
itching, crawling skin
dwhite,
I have had 3 weeks of all-over tingling after my first anxiety experience. I have had a blood test and have started menopause. The tingling is now tingling with skin crawling. Talked to my gyno this a.m. and she said anxiety, menopause related, but tingling is not but is from anxiety. I have been on web for weeks and heard of another woman who had these experiences during menopause but they went away post-menopause. I am now taking (for past week) calcium, mag, high-quality vitamins, and using herbal supplements for calming down. I did pick up a prescription for HRT if the vitamin route doesn't work, but I did see it didn't help you.
Also, just found on another website that this is called 'formication'. I am going to google some more.
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replied July 17th, 2009
menapause and itching
a friend of mine had a tumor on her pituitary gland that once removed her itching stopped. I have the itching and no tumor...my FSH indicates menapause, but still producing estrogen. It has been very bad lately. Driving me nuts. any good answers appreciated.
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replied July 17th, 2009
Active User, very eHealthy
Use LOTS of cream, preferably itch creams you can get at the local stores. I would mentions the names, but got in trouble for it once before. It's because your skin is drying up a bit now that menopause has started.
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replied November 4th, 2009
I have same problems "crawling with occassional bites". It is not an insect I am sure, we don't have any pets. It started approx. 3 years ago and I have it occassionaly. I am also searching on internet for solution to this problem. I am 64 and my periods stopped for surgical reason cca 20 years ago. I doubt that it is hormona problem. I do not believe it is stress problem either. My GP checked me out and didn't find anything to be concerned about. My appointment with dermatologist is in 4 months. I am not very hopefull that she will find anything. I worry that I will end up with some excuse diagnoses.
I am trying to find myself as I have suspicion that it is reaction to something. I live very healthy life, but perhaps food colouring (maybe red/orange) or some plants outside could be causing it. I am still researching. Yesterday, I was handling some seeds I collected on our trip this summer. At first I had sudden feeling that perhaps little spiden excaped from the bag of seeds, but well known itching/crawling followed shortly after. I have no reason to think that it was caused by something else. If you have same problem please consider this reason for it and research on plants/spices etc. from Umbelliferae (use this keyword)family. Think if anything of listed could be causing your problem. Perhaps you can test it and let us know? Thank you for your consideration and I hope we can figure it out.
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replied March 11th, 2010
I have this symptom when I eat food with Sulfites- it is a preservative in many processed foods, including packaged, frozen, and canned, and also wine and drinks. I have to check every food label , but it's worth finding alternatives to these foods to have your body be at peace - and especially to be able to sleep at night. Hope this helps someone.
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replied June 11th, 2010
I am 61 yrs old, had total hysterectomy about 6 yrs ago....I have developed this itching and crawling around my vagina and lips....I have diabetes as well and have had very high readings for some time, however have got this under control now...but the symptoms still persist...mainly at night, it drives me mad and I don't get any sleep with it! Dr has given me various thrush creams but these don't help in fact I sometimes think they make it worse!
I scratch so much I end up swelling and sometimes am so sore I can't sit down!
I am desperate and hope someone can help me with some answers....I just don't know what else to do!!!
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replied August 1st, 2012
Pruritis in menopause
I am 53 and have had the same awful problem, but have found that not using ANY soap product in these areas. I use a soapless feminine hygiene wash, I also slather my outer vagina with oatmeal lotion (with no perfumes). I have found that oatmeal cream or aloe vera gel also helps when i get itchy around my mouth (face creams make it worse, probably because the fruit acids in them are irritating). I hope this helps you too!
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replied July 26th, 2010
vaginal itchiness
I am 43 years old and diagnosed as having early menopause at the age of 40. Since then, i am having a bad itch on my vagina (outer parts) and around it, although there is no sign of any rashes. It just itches at night and drives me crazy. I had blood test to see if i have high sugar, but everything is normal except slight elevation of red blood cells. Is this normal when you're having your menopause period?
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replied July 29th, 2010
I have been having similar symptoms, there are days I find myself scratching my scalp, and all over my body, I am 51 years old and haven't had my period in 10 months, I get hot flashes, panic attacks,but this itchy buggy feeling is driving me crazy, I itch all over my body, I apply lotions and to my lips which are very dry.
I wake up to swollen dry lips, my face tingles and itches, it's annoying, anyone out there have this? thanks
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replied February 29th, 2012
Intense itching and menopause
I know this post is old but it sounds just like me !!! I am 51, no period for nearly a year and this intense itching is driving me absolutely crazy. I can't stand it anymore. I feel like I have things crawling on my scalp and I'm constantly scratching my body, especially around my shoulder blades. It seems to last for a few months and when it finally goes away, the hot flashes return. I never get them at the same time. Is this really part of menopause? If so, is there any help out there? I don't think I can put up with this much longer!!!
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replied October 21st, 2010
menopause and Itching skin
The itching on my arms,shoulders and back are driving me crazy. It's a prickling type of itch, so deep and severe, feels like it is under my skin! When I startle or flinch I get strange sharp prickling stabs all over my arms and shoulders that last a couple of seconds. I am 50 years old and I think this is from my hormones fluctuating. I have tried all sorts of creams and anti-itch lotions, nothing has helped. I haven't talked to my Doctor yet, because he'll just give me some drug to mask the problem without running any test. My next step will be trying Bioidentical hormones after getting my hormones tested. I'm still having periods but I know I am in perimenopause. If anyone out there has a remedy for this itch, I would sure appreciate it!
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replied March 22nd, 2011
Itching
I seem to have the same symptons, have you had any joy in sorting it out by now? Im 50 also.
Im waiting for blood tests and am taking antihistamines. Have also been given steriod tablets and cream, but nothing, nothing stops the itching. its driving me crazy and affecting my life. Keeping me up at night and affecting my work. Itching and sometimes stinging over my arms and all up my back and lower back.
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replied September 27th, 2011
bio identical hormones saved me from itching
I had the same reaction years ago until I went to an outside dr. My blood levels always came back normal. Get off the steriods.... I needed more estrogen and progesterone so they treated my symptoms instead of the blood work. I went on the BIO identical hormones and I immediately stop itching and bruising and bleeding from the scratching. good luck

I had a ton of other problems also, all went away
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replied May 29th, 2013
Hello
I hope that this is posted ok. I have this strange 'itching' also but it is more like 'a creeping sensation' under the skin. Sometimes it is itchy on my head, legs, shoulders and most of my body. Face, eyes etc. It is I am convinced perimenopausal. I am 50 and it started this year (some months ago approx). Had blood tests and no-one seems to know. Used antihistamines but don't really think they touch it.
I have been under a really good Homeopath who is trying to help me. It is definately around my period time.
So looks like it is definately hormonal from all I have experienced and read from other people on this site and elsewhere. So not sure I can help you but we all seem to be in the same boat! Why it suddenly happens no-one seems to know. May be we will get to the bottom of it by our own research. V Scola.
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replied March 22nd, 2011
hormonal itching
After 16 months of itching....my face, ears and scalp tingle with a feeling something is crawling there...I am ready to scream. I also have some wierd problem with my tongue and a strange vaginal (outer) area itch....(oh, I am so tired of me....!) I have had tests and when my doctor wanted to start me testing for an allergen I just stopped going to him. I may not know what it is-but I know what it itsn't. I am going through menopause and I know it is hormone related....but what is the cure? I also know that before going off the pill completely I was switching around to different brands of the pill due to finances...some are much more expensive than others. Loestrin was one brand that I was on briefly and while on this particular pill I had NO ITCHING SYMPTOMS AT ALL!!! So what is the balance necessary to relieve all us women of this insane itching without hormonally (is that a word?)messing up something else? Is there a doctor in the house??????
HEEEEEELLLLLPPPPP!!!!
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replied March 22nd, 2011
hormonal itching
After 16 months of itching....my face, ears and scalp tingle with a feeling something is crawling there...I am ready to scream. I also have some wierd problem with my tongue and a strange vaginal (outer) area itch....(oh, I am so tired of me....!) I have had tests and when my doctor wanted to start me testing for an allergen I just stopped going to him. I may not know what it is-but I know what it itsn't. I am going through menopause and I know it is hormone related....but what is the cure? I also know that before going off the pill completely I was switching around to different brands of the pill due to finances...some are much more expensive than others. Loestrin was one brand that I was on briefly and while on this particular pill I had NO ITCHING SYMPTOMS AT ALL!!! So what is the balance necessary to relieve all us women of this insane itching without hormonally (is that a word?)messing up something else? Is there a doctor in the house??????
HEEEEEELLLLLPPPPP!!!!
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replied August 3rd, 2011
menopausal nite itching
thank you all for validating my experience...i too haven't slept thru the nite in at least a year. the itching is awful at nite and sometimes in the daytime if it's particulrly hot. i am going to try to omega 3 and vitamin d and report back...OMG, the " i feel like i could scream" is sooo accurate. hubby attempts compassion but really, unless you're in this skin, you can't begin to imagine. many thanks ladies for letting me feel more " normal". btw: am 51 and menopausal... did try benedryl but nothing helped...funnily enough, when i drink red wine, it itches less ( or maybe i feel it less:) andway, thanks and good luck to all in finding your sleep!
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replied August 3rd, 2011
menopausal nite itching
thank you all for validating my experience...i too haven't slept thru the nite in at least a year. the itching is awful at nite and sometimes in the daytime if it's particulrly hot. i am going to try to omega 3 and vitamin d and report back...OMG, the " i feel like i could scream" is sooo accurate. hubby attempts compassion but really, unless you're in this skin, you can't begin to imagine. many thanks ladies for letting me feel more " normal". btw: am 51 and menopausal... did try benedryl but nothing helped...funnily enough, when i drink red wine, it itches less ( or maybe i feel it less:) andway, thanks and good luck to all in finding your sleep!
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replied August 4th, 2011
Solution to the itching - crawler-mites end.
I think I can related to so many women here. I spent a whole year last year going crazy with the crawling and itching sensation. It's not only a pain with the lack of sleep and getting no help from dr. but the fact that they point to mental disorder, like you are making stuff up.
I can guarantee you ladies that if men had a similar issue, the solution and problem would be a thing in the history books, because they'd deal with it fast.

After doing tons of research and trying everything from over the counter to prescription to alternative I can say that I put my finger on it. I believe the type of micro infestation is unknown to the general medical practitioners simply because there are thousands of subspecies that have not being studied yet. I believe that with the change of hormone, the skin is more acid or more vulnerable to infestation, because this is a common problem with everyone pre during menopause. This is how I found peace.

Indian medicine has a common remedy which is incredibly powerful and needs to be taken with judgement at very low doses. Namm, from Namm leaves. It's a powerful antifungal and insecticide. I decided to do my own concoction and mixed a few drops of essential oil of Namm to a regular skin lotion. I covered my body from head to toe right before bedtime, let it dry and jumped under the covered crossing my fingers this worked. And it did!!! Useless to say the scent of Namm is quiet revolting, you'll need to send your husband on a couch (they will want to go) for a night or two or three.

I looked back and realized that I had spend too much time trying to feed the local birds, and poring entire seed bags on my porch. I sure enjoy the sight and company every days, but I believe the patio was infested with some type of bird lice. I have stopped feeding them and sprayed the patio two days in a row with insecticide and kept everything empty.

I am free from that crazy itching.

I wish you luck trying this, I hope it will help.

For vaginal itching a girlfriend from Iran told me about plain yogurt. Place a spoon on or in and around the vagina. If it's complicated, and it is somehow LOL make some yogurt ice cubes that you can insert. It's not a big deal and you can place it deep enough so that the acidity reverses to the normal PH. I have found this simple remedies just amazing.

Pre-meno in San Diego
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replied September 10th, 2011
I see many people are having the same problem with the itching. I have only had it consistently for about 3 weeks, and I know I cannot live my life like this. It is not only itchy, but burning, prickly, crawly. I am 58, haven't had a period in over 2 years, and can handle the hot flashes, but cannot handle this. I have had a little itching, really just on the arms maybe 3 or 4 times over the last 2 years - and it didn't last long - thought maybe it was from a medication or something. Dr. had no answers. This terrible, consistent itching started on the nape of my neck 3 weeks ago, after spending 2 nights at a very nice, local hotel with my daughter and grandson. The day we left, my head started itching, but thought it was from the heat as I had that problem about 10 years ago (which cleared up with steroid liquid). I had our school nurse look at my scalp - she saw the redness. (no head lice) The next day when I went to the dermatologist, of course the P.A. saw NOTHING, and said it was not from bedbugs. I was the one that slept on the couch there - daughter and grandson slept in the bed - have no problems. Anyway, back on a steroid liquid, and it does nothing to help it. Benadryl pills do not help. Now the itching has spread to whole head, face, back - upper and lower, arms, stomach - not necessarily at the same time, but instense and almost looks like welts sometimes. The head and face is the worst. It feels hot at the time it does it, and I DO see the redness. My doctor says it's out of her experience, so has left me hanging. Please some help and tell me who to go to. I would never be able to live with this as long as some of you say you have without some relief. I work in and office and cannot sit there scratching constantly. It has disrupted my work.
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replied September 18th, 2011
Don't overlook Systemic Yeast Infection
Folks, be sure to check for systemic yeast infection, which can cause symptoms discussed. This can be cured naturally, with health supplements that address yeast, especially those containing caprylic acid (coconut derived). Cut sugar intake to NOTHING, eat garlic, take a good pro-biotic, and you may see the symptoms dissipate. We're all familiar with yeast infections treated with anti-fungals in "certain" spots of the body - the kind I'm talking about is when the yeast gets into the bloodstream and goes EVERYWHERE. Causes mysterious itching, and gets worse and worse. Use "Prescription for Natural Healing" book to read about problem and remedies. Medical term for it: Candidiasis. Might be worth a look for you! Sure helped me!
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replied November 25th, 2011
Itchy, Crawly Skin Around the Time of My Period
I have the same issue and it is much worse around my period. Every month, I swear I have bed bugs or lice or something awful! Try a magnesium supplement. I have found it really helps although, around my period, there is not much I can do to combat it. I just suffer through the two to three days of what feels like little bugs biting me. The good thing is that I can always gauge what day my period is coming and therefore be prepared and avoid accidents!
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replied December 15th, 2011
itching thigns
I have a night time itching and its only between my thigns...am a slim lady and its not the rubbing of my inner thigns causing me to itch? is this a sign of menapouse? the itching is unbearable..please help me fine a solution.
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