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Itchy when hot?

Posted by Tony A on December 04, 1998 at 21:27:59:

Dr. Stoll,

Whenever my I start to get warm, I become extremely itchy all over my body. The itch is mostly concentrated on my trunk, but it often also happens on my scalp and legs.

I had this as a teenager, and my doctor at the time had prescribed high doses of Seldane, but I didn't want to take that for the rest of my life, so I stopped, since the condition wasn't much more than an annoyance. As a matter of fact, it hadn't happened much the past few years.

But now, (at age 28) it's becoming unbearable. If I'm cool and I even start to get hot, I am instantly covered with itchiness. And it doesn't go away unless I make myself cool again, or I get hot to the point of sweating. But since I've been ill for a while now, I'm not able to exercise to the point of sweating, so I stay in this constant itchy state when I try to just go for a walk or something. I come home from walking covered with red marks all over my body from scratching.

It's interesting to note that this doesn't happen in the summer. I guess when I'm constantly warm, I'm okay. It's when I go from cool to warm. For example, coming into a warm house after being out on a cold winter day.

I've tried changing soaps, and detergents. I eat a whole foods, organic diet, and I meditate twice a day. My naturopath has no idea what to do about it, so I'm hoping maybe you or someone else has has some ideas.

Thanks for any help you can give.


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Re: Itchy when hot?

Posted by Walt Stoll on December 05, 1998 at 11:50:05:

In Reply to: Itchy when hot? posted by Tony A on December 04, 1998 at 21:27:59:

Dear Tony,

This is a classical early sign of dysautonomia---which we have discussed many times right here on this BB. You could get deeply into it by reading the reference also discussed in this area by Dr Pelletier "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer".

However, before you go that far, I would suggest an experiment. When you are "cool", and having no symptoms, have someone write their name on your back with a finger nail. See what happens in about 5 minutes. THEN, when you are having symptoms do it again.

Let me know what you observe. Eventually, this will become classical "dermatographia" and I want to know how far this has progressed.

Once you understand this, you will get rid of it.

Walt



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Re: Itchy when hot?

Posted by Tony on December 05, 1998 at 21:57:45:

In Reply to: Re: Itchy when hot? posted by Walt Stoll on December 05, 1998 at 11:50:05:

Once again I'm amazed at how fast you're willing to help, and at how you seem to know about all these weird symptoms I have that noone else can explain. Thanks Dr. Stoll. I'll look into this right away. I have no idea what the name you gave this condition meant, but I'm going to look for it in the archives now. I'll also try and do the test you mentioned (just have to find someone to help me).

I'll let you know what happens.

Tony


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Re: Itchy when hot?

Posted by Michele on December 06, 1998 at 21:02:24:

In Reply to: Re: Itchy when hot? posted by Tony on December 05, 1998 at 21:57:45:

Tony, I just wanted you to know that I too have this same thing to an extent--when I come inside from a cold day my thighs get hot, red and itch like crazy! Then I get these big white welts (I guess where I have scratched...) It is a pain in the butt--or should I say thigh? Anyhow, know you're not alone. :)


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Re: Itchy when hot?

Posted by Tony A on December 07, 1998 at 00:18:00:

In Reply to: Re: Itchy when hot? posted by Michele on December 06, 1998 at 21:02:24:

Michele,

Thanks for the back-up. I feel a little better now. Everyone thinks I'm crazy when I tell them about it. Although I feel bad for you, because at least I don't have the welts. Anyway, do you have any clues as to what causes this? I know it seems like such a trivial problem, but sometimes the itch is really unbearable.

By the way, I like the way you spell your name. I never saw that before until my little cousin was just named Michele with one l, because my uncle wanted to be different. I guess I'll have to tell him he wasn't so original after all!

Thanks again!

Tony


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Re: Itchy when hot?

Posted by Michele on December 07, 1998 at 13:52:46:

In Reply to: Re: Itchy when hot? posted by Tony A on December 07, 1998 at 00:18:00:

Hey Tony,

I have no idea what causes it, but I do think it's nothing more than an annoyance. My fiance's mother is a nurse in Colorado and she saw my legs when this was happening and didn't think it was too big of a deal. But I sympathize with you because it's very annoying! I just try to lotion up before I go out (not that it really seems to help) but I also live in a milder climate now so I haven't had a problem in about a year. Best of luck to you, Tony! (Oh, and thanks for the comment on my name--my parents also decided to be a little different, they figured I wouldn't be called "Shelly" if I only had one L....)


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Re: Itchy when hot?

Posted by Walt Stoll on December 08, 1998 at 12:34:03:

In Reply to: Re: Itchy when hot? posted by Michele on December 07, 1998 at 13:52:46:

Dear Michele,

This is an early warning of serious things to come. In itself, I agree with you. It is an annoyance. However, the current medical paradigm is based on the fact that "the sicker the patient is, the more money we make". As a consequence, we are trained to ignore early warning symptoms of anything. Once things get so bad that any idiot can figure them out, it is a little late.

Walt



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Re: Itchy when hot?

Posted by Michele on December 08, 1998 at 13:14:00:

In Reply to: Re: Itchy when hot? posted by Walt Stoll on December 08, 1998 at 12:34:03:

10-4, Walt. I'm glad I found this site and am starting SR!



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