I'm a 35 year old woman (5 ft 2 inches), weigh 42 kg and work as a management consultant. I try to eat healthy (no fast food or greasy stuff but do have a lot of processed food due to convenience). I get adequate exercise but will admit I do not drink a lot of water.
After returing from a trip to visit relatives 2 months ago,(don't know if the travel is relevant but thought I might have picked up a bug at the airport?) I began to suffer from severe itching
on my arms and legs that has resulted in my uncontrollable scratching, bleeding and hideous scarring, I finally visited a dermatologist
last week who diagnosed it as prurigo nodularis
. He said that I need to do 3 things: 1) moisturize (Bepanthol body lotion) 2) Stop scratching immediately and 3) keep my nerves calm. I do not have a family history of eczema
or asthma so I am not sure what might have caused this. Stress is a natural part of my life and most people in my profession, but not undue stress and I don't think I am unduly stressed. I am currently using Synalar
C cream twice a day and take an antihistamine pill after dinner. What bothers me are two things a) what could have caused this and b) will the scars ever go? I do feel much better than I did last week before visiting the doctor.
I have researched PN since the diagnoisis and I understand it is related to other diseases like renal or liver failure
or even HIV. Should I get myself tested?
The itching has reduced significantly and I try not to scratch as best as I can. Appreciate your advice. Thanks...XXXXXXX