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Itchy calves and shins driving me crazy.

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DrMadelineMaxwell Mon 22-Apr-19 18:52:34

Especially at night when they aren't worse but when the itch is harder to ignore due to no distractions.

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AuditAngel Mon 22-Apr-19 19:01:50

I ge5 this and have found a Garnier Intensive 7 day moisturiser really effective

wigglypiggly Mon 22-Apr-19 19:04:17

Acqeous cream. cheap. Really good does soften itchy skin. 99p for a tub in savers.

DrMadelineMaxwell Mon 22-Apr-19 19:37:47

Thanks. I have E45 itchy skin cream which does v little. When its severe I use lanacaine anaesthetic cream but don't want to be using that daily.
Body shop peppermint foot lotion cools it and subdued it but I want a preventative not a treatment for just the itchiness.

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Purposeless Tue 23-Apr-19 13:57:15

Coconut oil works for me.

babysharkah Tue 23-Apr-19 14:00:56

I used to scratch myself raw with bio washing powder. What do you use?

NoSauce Wed 24-Apr-19 17:42:18

Is there a rash? Any clue what’s causing it? Might be worth getting the GP to look at it.

DrMadelineMaxwell Wed 24-Apr-19 23:19:52

No rash. No other irritation anywhere. Just intensely irritatingly itchy lower legs, especially at night. I have used the same washing powder for ages. I did shave my legs the other day, but moisturised (with the usual stuff) straight away after and didn't have any irritation on the skin from shaving.

DH suggested prickly heat - but no lumps and bumps and it's not been THAT warm here.

It has been less noticeably annoying through the day, so I'm hoping for a better night tonight.

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Nat6999 Thu 25-Apr-19 02:52:10

Does the itching feel like something crawling under your skin & you can't keep your legs still? It may be restless legs, try taking magnesium tablets, having hot baths with Epsom salts & Magnesium flakes in & take simple painkillers like co-codamol. If it doesn't improve,see your doctor as there are drugs that can be prescribed.

Bluesheep8 Thu 25-Apr-19 06:05:30

It could be folliculitis, an infection in the hair follicles which spreads really quickly and is common on the lower legs due to shaving.

kaytee87 Thu 25-Apr-19 07:55:53

I used to get this, there was no visible rash or irritation. I don't have it anymore. I think it can indicate certain health issues so probably worth getting checked out.

DrMadelineMaxwell Thu 25-Apr-19 11:32:16

No lumps or bumps and no restless legs

Last night, for the first time in ages, I didn't have it, so hopefully it's either settling down or dh was right and it was linked to the heat as it's much cooler here than it was at the weekend.

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SpamChaudFroid Thu 25-Apr-19 11:43:13

What age are you OP, because I got horrible itching on my shins and arms part way through the perimenopause. I ended up with something like eczema, and I'd never had sensitive skin before that. Topical steroids helped, as did not using any perfumed body lotion. I haven't had to use the steroid creams for about a year, but it flares up if I use scented lotions, so I stick to Aveeno.

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SpamChaudFroid Thu 25-Apr-19 11:58:29

That's the exact age I got itchy legs.

DrMadelineMaxwell Thu 25-Apr-19 14:23:05

That's really interesting.
No idea of pre peri or whatever menopausal state as I'm on fabulous progesterone only pill and haven't had a period in 5 years +.

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Delatron Fri 26-Apr-19 22:18:19

I’m 43 and get terribly itchy legs at night at certain points in my cycle. I’m sure it’s hormonal but not sure what to do about it.

goose1964 Tue 30-Apr-19 15:16:50

I get these when my blood sugar goes up

Approx40yearsofPMT Tue 30-Apr-19 22:41:33

I had horrendously itchy legs constantly and especially at night until I eliminated some foods from my diet that we’re causing me bad IBS symptoms. Eliminating the foods cleared up most of the OBS and it was a few months after starting this regime that I noticed that my legs hadn’t been itching for a long time. 6 months down the line they’re still nowhere near as itchy. So it could be dietary. Tomatoes were the worst culprit for me but it could be any food for you.

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