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Hoping someone can help. I am a 40 year old male and I suffer from an unbearably itchy neck that seems to flare up after exercise. I have had the condition for the last 2 years and it seems to be getting worse. I also have itchy forearms and wrists, but not to the same extent as my neck. I am woken every night with the itching, usually with the result that I have scratched myself raw. Heat certainly makes the condition worse. I have tried everything I can think of including seeing a skin specialist who was at a loss as to what was causing the problem.
I have been told it is not eczema.
I have not changed wash powders or conditioners
I have not changed soaps etc.
I have had no change in diet.
I have tried moisturizers/hydochortizone/eumobase etc etc.
Nothing seems to work.
Any ideas / help?
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First Helper Kevnan
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replied May 28th, 2007
Sounds like eczema because I've had eczema ever since I was a baby and even today when I sweat or work out, my neck and the creases at the elbow of my arms flair up. Just my personal experience with eczema. My rashes start out as very itchy and then the skin turns pink and looks dry. I apply cetaphil cream to my arms and neck at night which usually keeps it under control. Just remember to shower after working out and moisturize. It may not be eczema so I would go see a dermatologist if you're concerned.
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replied June 1st, 2007
Re: Itchy Neck And Arms
Hi there...
I sure hear what you are saying because I have the same problem. There is nobody that can tell me what it is either and I agree it is very frustrating. I have had this for about 1 and a half years now. It used to be just the forearms now it runs up my arms and across my neck. I to notice it gets worse whn im hot. Some moisturizers sting when i use them. I find pure olive oil helps to sooth it without the perfumes. It is natural and moisturizes at the same time. Also one question... do you use tanning beds?
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replied June 1st, 2007
Think I might be getting somewhere!!
Very Happy Had another medical and the Doc is convinced it IS eczema. I have been given some betnovate cream and I have noticed a difference already. Hope you manage to find some relief soon. i will keep you posted. In answer to the sun bed question...no i don't use them.
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replied July 24th, 2009
i have had itching arms backs of hands and around neck, for the past 3 years. i have been to a dermatologis and had skin checks but they found nothing. have had all sorts of antihistamine pills and creams, cant put anything on it makesit worse. skin is so dry cant put moisturiser on as it just gets worse nothing seems to help, sometime i have to resort to strong pain killers to help me sleep. been to doctors several times and just changed various creams had eurax but nothing works. all of a sudden it will go away and i wont have it for a few weeks and then it wll come back, its worse a night when i go to bed. can anyon help i am going made
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replied September 26th, 2009
I have had this problem for almost a year now. It's starting to drive me insane!! It started with my armpits, then my neck. Now it's starting on my inner thighs. I was told it is an allergy so I've been taking antihistamines which help a little but not much. I have stopped using anti-persperant and started using a natural salt cristal instead ( the one you wet and rub under your arms). I have also started using only bicarb and eucalyptus oil to wash my clothes (which works great to get clothes clean but I'm still itchy). I don't know what else to do. By the way, I also take prednisone when it get's really bad.
Can someone please help???
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replied October 15th, 2009
Itchy neck and arms
Gentlemen,

I am 51 and have had similar symptoms for many years now--persistent itching on neck and arms, comes and goes, not amenable to any ointments, etc., including prescription strength itch cream. I saw a dermatologist who diagnosed this as brachial radial pruritus, essentially itching due to cervical disc injury. He prescribed Cymbalta which did not have any effect except unpleasant mood and sexual side effects. The only relief I have been able to get is to use ice packs on the itchy area.

Did the prednisone help at all with the itching?

Has anyone found anything that helps other than to medicate with heavy drugs to induce sleep?

I rarely have itching during the day when I am busy, usually at night, especially when sleeping (or trying to sleep). I don't like to medicate but it gets bad enough that I have to sleep once in a while.

Like each of the posters, I have not changed laundry soaps, I have tried nearly every cream and lotion, I do use tanning beds (does not seem to affect the itch).

I am at wit's end and would love to hear from anyone with a suggestion.
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replied December 3rd, 2012
i have had this problem for over 10 yrs. My right arm, from wrist to just above elbow. and my neck. I cant wear jumpers, if anything touches it they start to itch and once i scrath i've had it. I use ice packs all the time. No body anywhere can find a cure, I have a liver disorder and was told it was because the blood isnt been cleaned properly so it affects the nerve endings !!!! glad to know i'm not on my own.... If anybody wants any more info or finds a cure or something that helps please please mail me, It dissapears sometimes for differant amounts of times. but now its back with a vengence......drives me insane !!
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replied October 20th, 2009
Hello, I would try the Mayan Magic Healing Balm, its a healing balm that soothes the skin right away and takes away any pain. They also have this product called Himalayan Hydramist and its really good to spray on before/after you exercise it keeps the skin feeling refreshed, i had tried it before and it really helps and is a life saver.
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replied October 21st, 2009
Itchy Sin
I have had itching for 15 yrs. I seem to have more outbreaks in heat and humidity. They remind be of a mosquito bite but smaller. They seem to move around my body. I have had second allergy testing done and it came up all negative. I take generic form of Zyrtec and get some relief. I desperatly want to find the cause!
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replied November 11th, 2009
Itchy Neck
Have any of you been tested for food allergies or sensitivities? A lot of times they can develop in adulthood and manifest as skin irritations. Antihistamines are geared more towards environmental allergies and won't help if it's a food sensitivity or allergy. Neither will cortisone or other topical remedies. The cure is in changing your diet. See an allergist who treats food allergies, a dietician or a Naturopathic doctor for help! Some Chiropractors all study and treat nutrition disorders, it depends on the state and the chiropractor, but that may be an option too.
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replied November 25th, 2011
Hi my instant solution after 10 long itchy years was 10mg Trepiline very night - slightly subdues the nerves pinched due to compression of the cervical cutaenous in the neck area. The symptoms of this condition are symetrical itching on neck and arms with no rash, especially at night. Hope that works for you all as well!
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replied December 31st, 2011
Itchy Neck and Underarms
Hello all,
I've been itching on the neck and underarms a lot for the past few weeks. I don't see how you all have dealt with this for years! I don't have a rash though (just MAJOR itchiness!), and I believe that's what some of you have eluded to having. I haven't been to a doctor yet, but I am at the point where I'm going to have to do that. I'm pretty convinced that this is an allergic reaction to a lanyard that I wore for about 2 hours, but that was 7 weeks ago. Could it really last that long? I do have to wear something around my neck for work, so I'm also wondering if the lanyard was like a "last straw" for my neck. But why my underarms?
I will see my regular doctor, my chiropractor and my allergist next week. If I learn anything Earth-shattering, I will post on here. Good luck, all!
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replied February 15th, 2012
Itchy neck
Hi All

I am 43 and have had similar/same symptoms that only began in the past several yrs (~3+). I am on allergy shots and hitting the 4yr mark. My allergist did food allergy tests (including a blood test to be sure) and indicated I was allergic to Nuts....now at the time I was eating healthy and consumed a handful or two per day of mixed nuts. Allergist indicated this can occur later in life even if you have never had an allergic reaction prior. I was somewhat convinced this had to be related to the allergy shots having an effect on my body. I have noticed an improvement in my neck ithcing after staying away from nuts. I do eat some things that indicate (May contain tree nuts or made in factory with products containing nute)...when consuming items like these, it seems to flare up the symptoms.
These are also driving me crazy....I went from convinced it was my laundered shirts with starch...to my laundry detergent at home....to hard water...to allergy shots.....still not 100% sure of it being food related but getting more convinced as time goes by. Good luck everyone.....do update if you have any epiphany!
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replied April 23rd, 2012
Hello,

did anybody try to see if this is stress related?
I took a vacation for a week and the itching went away then it started again when I went back to work. I am now trying to change my job.
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replied August 27th, 2012
I had severe, deep itching on my upper arms for a couple of years when I was in my twenties and finally figured out that I had become allergic to milk. Stopped drinking milk and the itching stopped, if I ever drink milk again, it comes back. I don't eat icecream either but can eat yogurt and cheese. Hope this helps somebody.
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replied August 29th, 2012
itchy neck & arms
itchy neck & arms. been through dermotology & neurology. after 4 years, ended up in pain management. mri scan - damaged cervical nerves. try 'gabapentin', approx 300mg 3x daily. miracle cure!!!!!!!!!
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replied August 29th, 2012
itchy neck & arms
itchy neck & arms. been through dermotology & neurology. after 4 years, ended up in pain management. mri scan - damaged cervical nerves. try 'gabapentin', approx 300mg 3x daily. miracle cure!!!!!!!!!
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replied January 17th, 2013
RE: Itchy neck and arms
Do you folks posting replies mind telling me which US State you live in? Do you live where it's dry or moist?
We hear that many people with skin problems have to move. Currently, we're in Arizona where it's hot and very dry and we're considering moving to Seattle where it's moist and cool. Because the heat makes it worse for my husband and I. Yeah, we both have this, it's NOT diet and it's NOT allergy... it's environmental.
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