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Hypothyroidism. Have itchy arms, itchy genitals, sleeplessness. What is the reason?

I am a 53 year old woman recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I have developed extremely itchy arms. I find myself scratching my arms during the day and especially at night while in bed causing me to wake often. I also find my self with itchy genitalia during sleep and it is not a yeast infection as I have had those before. I have been on the Vivelle Dot hormone patch for about 7 years. My question is what are these symptoms a result of?

Asked On : Sun, 31 Mar 2013
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You have been diagnosed Hypothyroidism recently, I presume you have already started supplementation of Thyroxine.
Dry, itchy skin is very common feature of hypothyroidism which may be responsible for itching, but other differentials must be considered like Urticaria that is allergy if there is redness and raised skin patches and related to particular exposure.
Dryness of skin due to dehydration and lack of estrogen Menopause?.
Infection of fungus would be another possibility.
If dryness is there using moisturizers should help or taking anti allergy medicine to see if it helps.
Hypothyroidism may take some time before improvement is seen and depends how severe is condition.
If troublesome please visit a Dermatologist to find out exact cause and treat it accordingly.
Hope this helps.
Take care.
Good Luck.
Answered: Wed, 10 Jul 2013
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