How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask DrRussMD Your Own Question
DrRussMD, Doctor (MD)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 64011
Experience:  Practice Director
Type Your Health Question Here...
DrRussMD is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

For the past 15 or so years I have suffered with small itchy

Resolved Question:

For the past 15 or so years I have suffered with small itchy white spots on my arms, back and over my stomach. These start in late summer & last through until the cold snow season of winter. While still at work, ( I have a PhD & worked at Environment Canada) I thought the problem might be caused by stress and over work as it occurred at the time I wrote an annual report for EC, on work carried out on Contaminants in the Central & Arctic region of EC. It wasn’t stress as I enjoyed writing the report, but it did take a while. To cope with the unpleasant symptoms I kept a number of ice packs at work in a fridge across the corridor from my office. My MS doctor provided Elavil 10 MG AMITRIPTYLINE HCL. This I have used for a number of years & take when the itching is so bad that the ice won’t help and I need to sleep, at night.
It is very bad again this year, & I was concerned last night as I could not go to sleep, even with the pills and cold pack. The serious itching starts to affect me at about six each night.
Is there any way I can stop this? A past Doctor sent me to an allergist who said I was allergic to Sheep. Now while I actually found this a problem when I lived in Bangor, North Wales, there are no sheep in the area of Ontario where I live.
I really need help as it’s so unpleasant I often feel like ripping the skin off my arm. The MS is enough to cope with.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 5 years ago.
I hear no diagnosis here.
It dose appear seasonal so might be allergic.
If so a medication such as claritin might help, as it is a long acting antihistamine, and does not have interactions with elavil...and in the states at least, there is an over the counter form.

To really get to the bottom of this a small skin biopsy of the rash should be sent to the this could be a form of eczema [different treatment] allergy, contact sensitivity, or autoimmune reaction, which the biopsy would sort out.
good luck

Great home remedy for itch
1 gallon milk in the bath.
good luck again

Let me know if you have further questions

Please Click Accept to give answer credit so I am compensated for time and expertise. Come back if needed. Bonuses and positive feedback most helpful. Answers for informational purposes only, not to replace your physician advice or visit.

DrRussMD and other Health Specialists are ready to help you