This question was answered on Thu 25, Jun 2009 07:06am by Dr. Rajgopal, MBBS

Itchy skin ONLY at night

Asked by rock_drummer87 (Male; 22; Bad ADHD, was treated for depression but okay now. I have had to bladder infections when I was 14 and 17. Easily treated with Anti-Biotics ) on Thu 25, Jun 2009 02:25am

What causes itchy skin only at night right when I try to sleep? What can I do to stop this? Why are my symptoms not consistant with others who have simalar problems? Why do the nights I have itchy skin syndrom I tend to have to pee alot, like I just drank a gallon of water, and I have to pee 2/3's of my sleep time away and keep itching while im peeing? Doesnt make sense to me either. Never itches in a consistant spot. Most times I found it will be bad for a few days and then the problem will disappear for days and then it comes back with vengence. But the most usual spots are ankles, knee's, pretty much anywhere around my legs, back on occasion the inside of the elbow area, and back of hands. Only when I try to sleep. I've tried a verity of things to help, Sleeping with Pajama's, boxer, even nude. I've tried Male and Female based lotions. They work for awhile and lose their effect oddly enough male type lotions will eventually make it more irritated. I've tried taking Hot showers and cold showers with no effect, I've changed bed sheets and blankets a number of times always ending in the same result. My spouse doesnt have the problem I have so I know its not a dirt related issue. I found itching can be triggered by noises at night, such as a blazing siren of a police car. I've switched and tried a number of different body washes and soaps. I've even tried changing my diet to see if it would do any good, which had no effect. I once wrapped myself in shrink wrap as a joke, and needless to say it didnt help... at all... I'm looking for a way to stop this irratation, but nothing seems to work, if it does work it only works for maybe 3-4 nights and its right back to itchy-ness... no rashes, not burning skin, just really itchy to the point I will itch till it bleeds like a misquito bite on steroids.

Actions: | Forward |



Security code
Enter the text as shown above

E-Mail me when someone replies to this post
Answer by Dr. Rajgopal, MBBS  on Thu 25, Jun 2009 07:06am:

Hello, Itchy skin that isn't accompanied by other obvious skin changes, such as a rash, is most often caused by dry skin (xerosis). Dry skin usually results from environmental factors that you can wholly or partially control. These include hot or cold weather with low humidity levels, long-term use of air conditioning or central heating, and washing or bathing too much. Other conditions cause itchy skin as well. Skin conditions like dermatitis, scabies and hives, internal diseases like liver and kidney disorders, diabetes, iron deficiency anemia, irritation and allergic reactions to chemicals, wool, soaps, cosmetics and certain foods can cause itchy skin. From your symptoms of night itching; scabies, hives (urticaria) and diabetes need detailed investigations. Scabies is an infestation of the skin with the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. It is characterized by intense itching, usually at night and by small insect-type bites lesions on the skin. Diagnosis of scabies is made by scraping the skin and viewing the material under a microscope to see the characteristic mite or eggs. Hives (medically known as urticaria) are red, itchy, raised areas of skin that appear in varying shapes and sizes. They have a tendency to change size rapidly and to move around, disappearing in one place and reappearing in other places, often in a matter of hours. The diagnosis of hives can be confirmed after getting allergy tests from an allergist. You can apply an anti-itch cream or lotion to the affected area. Oral antihistamine, such as Benadryl can also be used. You should take a comfortably cool bath and wear smooth-textured cotton clothing. Covering the affected area with bandages and dressings can help protect the skin and prevent scratching. You should choose mild soaps without dyes or perfumes and use a mild, unscented laundry detergent when washing clothes, towels and bedding. Pls take a second opinion from a dermatologist if the symptoms persist. He/She will start with the specific medications. If an internal disease is found, whether it's kidney disease, diabetes, iron deficiency or a thyroid problem, treating that disease often relieves the itch.Lastly,Phototherapy can also be tried. Hope it helps. Take care and please do keep me posted in case you have any additional doubts. Kind regards. You can find more information about this from the following site:

If you find the site useful, please consider making a donation.  Click the button to donate.   

Please rate my answer (select the stars, no need to log in.)  

Follow up:

Clarification by rock_drummer87 on Wed 01, Jul 2009 05:51am:
You gave me more idea of things to do with this problem like the mild soaps and such, however I am possitive that its not mites or scabies, those are easily passed from person to person from what I know of, my girl friend would have had it by now if that were the case... I should have been more specific with how I ment it jumped, it will itch really bad in one spot all night long example my leg, the next night it will itch really bad on say my shoulders. I will check out the link, and take your advise to be certain that it is not scabies. or mites
Clarification by rock_drummer87 on Wed 01, Jul 2009 06:40am:
Okay, now I looked the the pictures of what scabies can do and I have none of that, I dont have any redness on the skin, dry skin usually looks dry, I dont have that, if I were to show you a picture it just looks like I scratched the hell out of a spot, so swelling of any kind. I am kinda amazed on how fast it heals though. Anyways, scabies would get worse and worse untreated for long periods of times, I've had this problem for 2-3 years now, right away I was just thinkin I got into something, but now its getting more frequant and just more irritating. I have never been known for having any type of allergic or allergies of any type. I am in the army so I've been tested for alots of things. You gave better advise then most people would have so now my question is what other possiblities are there? If it was a internal disease would that be triggered by a certain food?


Comment by on Wed 13, Apr 2011 08:20pm:
Itching when trying to sleep can be due to allergies, bed bugs, dust mites, scabies mite or neurodermatitis skin. Get it checked from a dermatologist.

Comment by on Mon 18, Apr 2011 10:53pm:
Itchy skin at night can be due to scabies and this is a contagious disease. All Family members need antiscabies treatment to prevent recurrence.

Comment by on Mon 02, May 2011 10:23pm:
Itchy skin when trying to sleep can be due to bed bugs, dust mites, itch-scratch-itch cycle , nerve conditions or scabies mite.

This question is open for comments.  Please share your opinion.




Security code
Enter the text as shown above

E-Mail me when someone replies to this post

What users are searching right now on Ask Medical Doctor:
how long does thc stay in the body when tested with a saliva swab     photos     tinitis     posterior     numbness20on20left20side20of20my20head     whatiscauseofbloodinkidney     lump clavicle     Search for answers     how when to shake cock for better health     Cotinine87449 Enter your comments here at     my penis has red marks and is itchy     prolonged period     toe     herpesorpsoriasis     dizziness frustration anxiety temper tantrums     Search for answers     Comment by worried sick     Search for answers     I have a lump jst inside my anus and it keeps bleeding with some puss it also smells not very nice atall I am realy worried what could this be     Search for answers     is polymyalgia rheumatic unilateral or bilateral     masturbationaftervaricocele     prognosis after stage 2 whipple procedure     BRUSH     Search for answers     stepped on a rusty nail     Search for answers     WeirdpaininmytaintorknownasPerineumIreally     Search for answers     vagina     bug in ear     coldandnumbsarms     movablelumponmyheadthatisnotlipoma     pulse     Ijuststartedtakingbuspar10minthe     had period lastmonth but this month dark brown dischargeand not yet period negative pregnacy test     hanging     what should be used to get rid of 6 years old eczema     annular fissure     Sir     tightnessinarmsand     Search for answerscan nasepti     Howmuchdoseisfor6yearsoldgirlofmaxtraoraldrops     excessive bleeding     dieses     uric20acid20symptoms     blood pooning     lost voice     appendisigits     alk     can rockstar effect concreta     asthma     coarse calcifications of tentorial dura     Pagets     cardiomegalywithmarkedcoronarysclerosisandmyocardialf     kidney dilation in fetus at 32 weeks     renaldilationinfeturs     canstrainingduringsexcausemetobleedandipee     search for answerscan bilateral tubal patency with significant perifimbrial pelvic adhesions prevent one from getting pregnant     Musht     excessive bleeding     xray of c1 c2 c3 c4 and c5     Onthursdayiwassitting     why is my penis leaking     sunburns     rhinocitus     SPIDER     women     how to increase penis size     bacterial vaginosis     missedperiodfor2monthsnegativepregnancytestslumponrightsidelowerabdominalarea     prostate measures 13 gms with normal echotexture     Hydroxycut makes my viagina smell weird     what are symptoms for std     i been having a period for three weeks what should i do     Search for answers     lightheadedlowerbackpains     Search for answers     what is sturgeions syndrome     Search for answers     Search for answ inflammatory bowel diseaseers     singleLymphnodeabovepancreasnotedonultrasoun     temporary     Zofran 4mg urine test positive for coc     Ihavealumponmyabdomenisthatbad46422     ArmsItchyskineverynightfeelsl     liver is diffusely increased in its echotexture without a focal mass     protineinwarfarin     benadryl dosage     hirschbaums     tx of VDRL     what is uric acid     stomachwontgoaway14377     Diarrheafever     red rash on back turned brown     mouth and tong     Skin Red SpotsItchingStomachChest     my daughter is pale and has red circle sunder her eyes     repeat yeast infections     whatwouldcausethenavelornavelcordareatoseepandorstink     mucus20in20stool     eatsouplastnightwokeupsictomystomichnooneelsedid     what is difference between lortab and vicodin     Precancerousgrowththesizeofthumbonpancreasmucinous     Muluscom     i know that anout licoroa diseases     only symptom is vaginal itching     what is raynaud disease     Dry hips     hypothyroid levothyroxine dose     test for liver function     howtodetectinsulinpoisioning20541     Search for answers     Calsifications20in20soft20tissue20of20calfs     Search for answers     HGH     Search for answers     rashassociatedwith     Search for answers     2BilateralpolypoidalmaxillarysinusitisDDxChronicallergicRhinosinusitis     howmany days periods     Dull pain right side of upper stomach     is a bump in the testicles always cancer     silance     whatiscytopertonealshunt     raynaurds     what is emj     sex when married     how long does morphine stay detected in your system     i have red spots on my chest and stomach they are mosquito bite size but not very swollen and not itchy i have about 20 of them two of them coin size scaly blotches     show photo of vagina which are sore and inflames     TITLE     numb face and drawing lip     cyst or ganglion on posterior wall     eye metal mri     pain in the back of the head     bee sting on the eye lid     green eyes     low body temperature     WLSON DSEASE     canyoufailadrugtestbysecondhandsmoke     hyperglycemia increased urine production thrist and ketosis are symptoms of what     

©2011 - Ask Medical Doctor  |  All Rights Reserved
The site is not a replacement for professional medical opinion, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your medical doctor or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment or making any changes to existing treatment. Do not delay seeking or disregard medical advice based on information written by any author on this site. No health questions and information on AskMedicalDoctor is regulated or evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and therefore the information should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease without the supervision of a medical doctor. Posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author, and not the administrators, moderators, or editorial staff and hence AskMedicalDoctor and its principals will accept no liabilities or responsibilities for the statements made.

Home | Terms & Conditions | Contact Us | Frequently Asked Questions | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Advertise with us