Good afternoon (or morning). I have been experiencing facial itching for about five months now. It used to just be a little spot between my eyebrows. Now it is primarily on my jaw bone/line and neck, although over the past few days, it feels like it is affecting my entire face. There are times when the itching comes and goes, then I'll have a week or so where it is so intense, it keeps me awake at night. It is definitely more prominent at night. I have tried taking a Claritin-type medication from my German dermatologist and he has recently given me some sort of cream to apply, but I feel like it is worsening. I have had allergy testing and I have a few allergies, like house mites, etc., but I'm beginning to think that it's not allergies since the antihistamines
do not see to work.
I also have tingling hands/arms at night (and have for over a year-intensity comes and goes-it's tolerable these days) and my derma. did raise possible MS; however, I had a brain MRI last November (because of headaches and vertigo, which are both gone now) and it was completely clear. Also, my research of MS revealed that the itching associated with MS is short-lived and comes in short episodes. This is an all day itching with more intense itching at night.
Do you have any suggestions about what kind of doctor I should see next? Of course, I'm beginning to worry that I have some horrible disease! ;) (Had some blood work in May and the dr. said all levels were normal, although when I looked at the report, it showed that my lympocytes were a tad below the normal range.)
FInally, on that note, I'll mention that I also suffer from anxiety about my health (no meds or counseling, just a self-awareness that I have anxiety). I understand that lots of symptoms can be a result of stress and anxiety. However, this itching is so pervasive and has been going on for so long, I find it hard to believe it could be cause by stress...I guess anything is possible.
Thank you for listening and for your consideration.