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Have itchy neck at night with no rash and frequent urination. Bought new mattress. Related?

Hi, I am a 56 year old woman who has suddenly developed an itchy neck , with no rash . It ocurrs at night when I am in bed and is making it hard to sleep. I thought it may be a moisturiser I was using because my face has been a bit sensitive lately so have recently bought different face moisturisers trying to find one that doesn t irritate my skin. Last night I used no moisturisers at all but still had the itchy neck. Also last night I had to get up three times to urinate which is excessive. I had not had much to drink. It occurred to me it was as if my body was trying to flush out toxins or something. Maybe it s a coincidence but I have just bought a new mattress after 17 years and wondered if this could be the cause of the problem? Any ideas please. The main issue is I am not sleeping well at all. Myneck does not itch during the day.
Asked On : Wed, 13 Mar 2013
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Hi there,

Thanks for writing in.

It is quite possible that you could be allergic to the mattress. Try sleeping on the couch or on a thick blanket placed on the floor. See if the itching persists. Another possibility is allergy to the detergents etc.

In view of your frequent urination, I would like to have some additional information :
Any fever, burning urination , lower abdominal pain, nausea etc? If one or more symptoms are present, it could point to a urinary tract infection, in which case you would need get a urine routine test done and depending on the results , further treatment.

Also it would be worthwhile to get Renal function tests done ( Blood urea, Serum creatinine etc)

In view of your age , I would also advise you to get your blood sugar levels checked (fasting blood sugar and post prandial blood sugars).

I have suggested the above investigations to rule out diabetes, kidney disease and urinary tract infection as increased urination and itching might be explained by the above conditions.

Hope this helps. Do get back to me if you have any further queries.

Dr. Divya Kuttikrishnan

Answered: Wed, 13 Mar 2013
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