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Itchy back

  1. Aug 2, 2005 #1

    wolram

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    Am i strange? after i have had a shower my back itches like crazy, i am sure
    i am not allergic to water, please, please, any one have a cure.
     
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  3. Aug 2, 2005 #2

    fuzzyfelt

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    Me too, Tiger Balm is great.
     
  4. Aug 2, 2005 #3

    wolram

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    Please Fi, what is Tiger balm, can i buy it at a chemists?
     
  5. Aug 2, 2005 #4
    Sounds like the water u used is toxic to me.
     
  6. Aug 2, 2005 #5

    Astronuc

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    Possible causes:

    1. Shower water is too hot - and capillaries near surface dilate and affect nerves which causes itching sensation

    2. Water is hard - minerals on skin my irritate skin

    3. Skin is 'allergic' to soap or shampoo (one or more chemicals in either)
     
  7. Aug 2, 2005 #6

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    Seriously? I thought everyone had tiger balm lurking somewhere in their bathroom cupboards. I don't ever remember actually buying it, but I'm sure you could get it at a chemist. It has menthol and campher in it, so its a little hot, like dencorub.
     
  8. Aug 2, 2005 #7

    wolram

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    1. I only have water warm, to save electricity :biggrin:

    2 . We have a electronic water softener, it seems to work as we no longer get scale build up in our kettle

    3 Hmm, me allergic to some thing :surprised but i will change the soap and
    shampoo brand.

    Thanks Astro, if this works i wll buy you a beard strimmer :biggrin:
     
  9. Aug 2, 2005 #8

    russ_watters

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    4. Dry skin.
     
  10. Aug 2, 2005 #9

    wolram

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    Honest, I am never ill, bandages and plasters are all i ever buy, if Astro's
    idea dosen't work i will buy some, if your idea works i will buy you an old
    master.
    :biggrin:
     
  11. Aug 2, 2005 #10

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    Hairy back? Could just be the hairs tickling you as they "fluff" back up as they dry off.

    If it's a soap or shampoo allergy, the easiest thing is to just switch brands for a week and see if it goes away.
     
  12. Aug 2, 2005 #11

    fuzzyfelt

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    That would be a whole lot nicer than a beard strimmer(?), thanks :smile:
     
  13. Aug 2, 2005 #12

    wolram

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    :surprised Hairy back, I'm not very hairy thanks for the idea Moon B. :biggrin:
     
  14. Aug 2, 2005 #13

    wolram

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    Could be but it's not visibly.
     
  15. Aug 2, 2005 #14

    wolram

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    One of those things with a nylon cord that whizz round at a gazillion rpm. :biggrin:
     
  16. Aug 2, 2005 #15

    honestrosewater

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    You might want to try 'natural' products or products for sensitive skin.
    I love the smell of Jason Natural Cosmetics Satin Liquid Soap, Glycerine & Rosewater (no surprise). But I don't know how 'natural ' it really is. There's an excellent company in Tampa called Aubrey Organics. You can order from their website; I don't know about international shipping, but a store near you may carry their products. I've tried a lot of natural/organic companies, and this one is the best by far.
    Burt's Bees' stuff is usually good too.
    Cetaphil is supposed to be very good for sensitive skin - and you'll probably have an easier time getting ahold of it. I wash my hands a lot, and my knuckles tend to get dry, crack, and sometimes bleed during the winter. Other soaps sting and make it worse, but Cetaphil doesn't cause any problems.
     
  17. Aug 2, 2005 #16
    I use to have very dry skin. Then my doctor told me to start taking flax seed oil pills. I take 2 a day{morn and night} and no more dry skin. I have even gone back to the soap I like{but gave up cause it was drying} with no problems! :smile:
     
  18. Aug 2, 2005 #17

    wolram

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    But i can not go and buy any of this stuff, the sales staff will think i am a
    bit strange, a man in one of those stores, i would rather grit my teeth and
    bare it :cry:
     
  19. Aug 2, 2005 #18

    Danger

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    Listen and learn, my good man. Just do it my way and avoid any embarrassment. Take a list with you, look very puzzled trying to make out what it says, and when someone offers to help just say "My girlfriend asked me to get this stuff for her and I don't know where to look". Works every time.
     
  20. Aug 2, 2005 #19

    wolram

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    I understand :rolleyes: but they will know ,i am a hopeless at deception, if i
    wanted razor blades, they are sure to think i really wanted some thing else.
     
  21. Aug 2, 2005 #20
    5. Flesh-eating parasites.
    6. Republicans :biggrin:
     
  22. Aug 2, 2005 #21
    Yes they know...and after you leave, they stand in a group and snicker about it for the rest of the afternoon. Then one of them spots you at a theater, she points, and tells all her friends"thats the guy"...then they ALL laugh at you.
    Before you know it, you can't leave the house. Even kindly Mrs. Whats-her-name shakes her head in dismay when you go to get your mail.

    BUT..you can order most soaps lotions on line...just be sure to ask for a plain brown paper wrapping.
     
  23. Aug 2, 2005 #22

    Astronuc

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    Well along those lines, it could be that the soap/shampoo takes too much of the naturally protective oil or epidermal cells off, and leaves a drier, less protected skin. In which case, a moisturizing cream might help - e.g. alovera based creams or oils, or the Cetaphil that honestrosewater recommended. Afterall, soaps and detergents are designed to facilitate the dissolution of oils.

    My wife uses tiger baum on hands and other moisturizing cremes on arms, legs and torso.

    Also, taking certain vitamin supplements (I think Vitamin E) or oils might help. A friend used to rub vitamin E on his skin.
     
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  24. Aug 2, 2005 #23

    Danger

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    Geez, you're a cynical wench. :tongue: Ignore her, Wooley; she's just trying to propogate the myth than women are more perceptive than they pretend to be.
    By the way, packing your showerhead with sodium should eliminate the problem.
     
  25. Aug 2, 2005 #24

    Evo

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    Russ is correct, the soap you are using is drying out your skin, causing it to itch. I used to have the same problem, but it stopped when I switched to a more moisturizing soap.
     
  26. Aug 2, 2005 #25

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    Why just his back then? I think he just needs a nice wolewe to scratch his back for him. :approve:
     
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