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I exercise alot. I...
I exercise alot. I have had itchy skin for about 6 weeks. I get small red bumps that itch on my trunk. They seem to disappear without spreading. On other parts of my body, I just itch. The itch is not intense just bothersome. Sometimes it feels like something is biting me. Once I lightly scratch the itch, it usually stops.
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Dermatologist: Dr. Skinner, Dermatologist replied 8 years ago
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This is likely to be cholinergic urticaria.They occur when the body core temperature increases.They respond well to hydroxyzine 25mg daily.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Thank you for your answer. Is there anything I should do besides take hydroxyzine? I take 25mg of hydrochlorothiazid daily. In the time when the itching has started, I have been spending alot of time in the sun. Could this be making the condition worse?
Dermatologist: Dr. Skinner, Dermatologist replied 8 years ago
Hydrochlorothiazide is known to produce photosensitivity.hence it would be advisable to avoid/minimise sunexposure and apply sunblock creams regularly.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
How long can I expect to itch with medication?
Dermatologist: Dr. Skinner, Dermatologist replied 8 years ago
Regular medication definitely reduces the itch.The tab can be slowly tapered after 2 months.
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