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What causes itching all over body after recovery from flu?

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Posted on Tue, 15 Jul 2014
Question: I have just recovered from the flu; and as u know spent a lot of time in the bed. Now, I have this terrible itching that just wont go away. I have tried anti-itch creams, alcohal, bath with bleach, and even hydrogen peroxide. But, nothing seems to work.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Rodrigues (22 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Topical steroids, antihistamines & cold showers!

Detailed Answer:
Hi there.
It is very possible you have what we refer to as 'miliaria' resulting from the sweat pores et al being blocked after a febrile episode.
A simple ploy would be to NOT apply anything that could further occlude the pores & take frequent cold showers or tepid sponging & wear loose cotton clothing.
In addition cover with a OTC (over the counter) antihistamine eg Xyzal (levocetrizine) taken orally once or twice daily will help reduce symptoms.
The other possibility is some sort of reaction to the anti-pyretics or medications taken for the fever. Do stop all other medications.
A local use of a 1% hydrocortisone lotion or Desonide lotion over the affected areas twice daily should help relieve symptoms in 24-48 hrs. Relax & do things that help you do so as stress does lower the threshold for itch & when one is relaxed, it certainly helps the itch.
Do help this advice is prompt, precise, addresses your concerns & will help relieve your itch.
Good Luck & Godspeed!
Dr Praveen Rodrigues MD
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Brief Answer: Topical steroids, antihistamines & cold showers! Detailed Answer: Hi there. It is very possible you have what we refer to as 'miliaria' resulting from the sweat pores et al being blocked after a febrile episode. A simple ploy would be to NOT apply anything that could further occlude the pores & take frequent cold showers or tepid sponging & wear loose cotton clothing. In addition cover with a OTC (over the counter) antihistamine eg Xyzal (levocetrizine) taken orally once or twice daily will help reduce symptoms. The other possibility is some sort of reaction to the anti-pyretics or medications taken for the fever. Do stop all other medications. A local use of a 1% hydrocortisone lotion or Desonide lotion over the affected areas twice daily should help relieve symptoms in 24-48 hrs. Relax & do things that help you do so as stress does lower the threshold for itch & when one is relaxed, it certainly helps the itch. Do help this advice is prompt, precise, addresses your concerns & will help relieve your itch. Good Luck & Godspeed! Dr Praveen Rodrigues MD