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My legs won't stop itching! I know that it's colder and drier here than I'm used to, but I've been putting lotion on them and they still itch.

I tried changing lotion, too, to make sure I wasn't allergic to the lotion, and I STILL itch. I exfoliated in the shower, and they're still itchy.

This ain't no mild tinglyness, either - this is "it's hard to concentrate on doing anything besides itching" itchiness.

bleh. anyone got any clue as to what this could be? I hadn't just shaved or it's not that..

~confused itchy lemming

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think you might be having an allergic reaction to anything in your environment? food?

i've had the kind of itching that you just drag yourself across a rug and get carpet burn, just to get rid of the itch. not fun. i also get itchy if i'm too warm in bed. easily remedied by throwing off the covers.

could be that you need a little calamine lotion. if that doesn't work, trim your claws so you can't scratch yourself. then run cold water on your legs.

if you get the molasses, i'll set up the trampoline.

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My advice, after several years with a very dry-skinned SO whose legs get similarly itchy during the wintertime:

Wash/shower as infrequently as you can possibly get away with (it dries out your skin). If possible, get a water filter for your showerhead and/or tub water that will take out chlorine, etc.

After you shower, and before you go to bed, put on an actual OIL, not lotion (perfumes and alcohols in lotions can sometimes cause itching if your skin is dry and sensitive). Coconut oil is cheap, easy to find in a health food store, and smells nummy. Shea butter is even better, but a bit pricey. Plain cocoa butter is fine, too. Put on a pair of long johns or leggings over it to keep the oil against your skin while you sleep.

If the itching gets really intense, a 1% hydrocortisone cream (available over the counter in a drugstore) should help, but BEWARE of long-term cortisone cream use, as it can further thin and weaken your skin.

Drink LOTS of WATER.

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Do u ever get red blotchy spots on ur legs?
I get those once in a while, and its because I have a skin condition called eczema (sp?). its nothing serious, but i get really really really dry skin. i have a medicated moisture lotion (prescription only) for it.

another thing, if u have dry skin DONT EXFOLIATE, itll only make things worse.

so, overall, just go see a doctor

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