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    Itchiness in face and body. Why are knuckles inflamed? Benedryl of no help. What will help?

hello. for the past two weeks I have been suffering itchiness. at first my face itched, then my face and body. now, i am itchy around my nose and eyes...very itchy and there is some redness around my right eye (could be from me scratching ). I also have a red rash on my right hand and on both elbows that is kind of dry, red and itchy as well. I noticed today along with the other symptom already mentioned that my knuckles seem to be inflammed and they are itchy as well. Some of my knuckles feel as though there is a hard nodule in them. it is the strangest thing. I am miserable with this general itchiness and benedryl does not help at all. I did have a procedure in the hospital 2 weeks ago. (a D&C and a biopsy for cervical stenosis ...which all tests came back clear. ) Not sure if that has anything to do with anything but wanted to at least mention it. thanks!!!
Thu, 6 Sep 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hello,

This looks like severe to moderate type of allergic reaction.Since the symptoms have failed to resolve after benadryl, I think it's time to try oral steroids.

Such reactions should actually be brought to notice of your doctor.Sometimes airway and mouth can also get involved, so watch for this.

Regards.
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