Spreading itchy skin patches

Spreading itchy skin patches

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Sid

AOL

#1 Aug 1, 2007
My mother is 84 and in otherwise excellent health. Several months ago she noticed 1 or 2 small brown skin patches around her waist. The patches were not raised, just a skin discoloration and they were very itchy. Over the past several months the patches have spread all around her waist, up her back and down to the thigh area, and they are still itchy and still spreading.

She has seen a dermatologist and her general practice doctor, they have prescribed various treatments, including topical treatments and antihistimines, but nothing seems to help the itching and the patches continue to spread. They can't even give her a name for the condition or or a cause.

Any ideas what this could be?
mmv

Salem, OR

#2 Oct 16, 2007
ringworm?
Craig

Madison, WI

#3 Nov 8, 2008
I would like you to describe what this is, when you find out. I am a 39 year old male with many health problems, and I recently noticed a grey patch of skin on my shin area that is raised a bit. It is somewhat irritable at times, but not constantly.
karen

Forest Hills, NY

#4 Apr 11, 2009
I have a siter that seems to have the same symptoms as your grandmother. She is very nervous. The doctors haven't been able to diagnose her condition. Have they been able to diagnose for your grandmother's condition? If yes, please share what they have gathered. We would greatly appreciate any in site.
hmm

Madisonville, KY

#5 Apr 11, 2009
I have random dry patches too, but its around my chest area.

Shoulder
Upperback
Belly
Right Breast

Brown, I have a spot on my leg that looks like ringworm, could this be the same thing?

I don't think it could be since it isn't form as a circle.
Brandon

Cambridge, Canada

#6 May 3, 2009
I am 22 yrs old and i too have light brown patches that started on my stomach and has continued to spread to my chest, back, sholders and recently has started on my neck and inside of my elbows... it has been extremely itchy but appears to be randomly itchy latly. I know that it is not ringworm, I have not yet made an appointment with a dermatoligist but i have gone to a walk in and they too gave me a antihistimines creams and a pill but they have not helped. I plan to make a appointment with a dermatoligist this week and if i should get any awnsers or even a suggested treatment i will make another post so that you may help your mother.
Shirley K

Barrie, Canada

#7 Jun 18, 2011
I have skin discoloration and extreme itching on sides of abdomen and waist. Doctor tells me its a yeast infection(?) using clotrimaderm cream 1% twice daily. seems to have improved itching, but discoloration is still there. Can't find anything on web for this yeast infection.
Liska

United States

#8 Jul 21, 2011
I believe this a condition called notalgia paresthetica.

http://www.skinsight.com/adult/notalgiaParaes...
Cassi

Sacramento, CA

#9 Jul 22, 2011
I will check with my skin specialist to see if he's considered Notalgia Paresthetica. About a year and a half ago I developed an unraised diamond-shaped itchy discolored patch on my lower back. Shortly afterwards, another identical patch appeared, connected to the original one, which covered my middle back. Then I developed an uneven shaped fist-sized patch on the left side of my abdomen, which then led to one developing on the right side, in addition to other, smaller random patches on my abdomen. Then the dark, itchy patches appeared under my breasts. The dermatologist I first went to prescribed a steroid, Fluocinonide, which did nothing. After two visits with him and no answers, I saw a skin oncologist. He took two biopsies, which showed nothing, so he had then re-run the tests, with no result. He's very interested in this, as it's something he hasn't encountered before, so will be following me on this. The itching is random - some days it's itchy all day, sometimes I go for weeks with no symptoms, other than the dark patches. I use Aveeno Skin Relief, which does a pretty good job of stopping the itching. Other than that, I don't have a clue what caused this, what it is, how to make it go away. Fortunately, it hasn't seriously impacted my life - but it would be nice to have a name to put on it, and a solution to getting rid of it.
Cassi

Sacramento, CA

#10 Jul 22, 2011
Sid wrote:
My mother is 84 and in otherwise excellent health. Several months ago she noticed 1 or 2 small brown skin patches around her waist. The patches were not raised, just a skin discoloration and they were very itchy. Over the past several months the patches have spread all around her waist, up her back and down to the thigh area, and they are still itchy and still spreading.
She has seen a dermatologist and her general practice doctor, they have prescribed various treatments, including topical treatments and antihistimines, but nothing seems to help the itching and the patches continue to spread. They can't even give her a name for the condition or or a cause.
Any ideas what this could be?
Sid, did the doctors ever discover what your mother's condition was? I have something very similar, with no diagnosis.
Vervalred

Toronto, Canada

#11 Sep 12, 2011
It sounds like generalized morphea, a type of scleroderma.
Cassi

Sacramento, CA

#12 Sep 13, 2011
Vervalred wrote:
It sounds like generalized morphea, a type of scleroderma.
I've had two biopsies and they ruled out morphea. Also, my skin is not thickened or tough - it's just brownish-discolored and itchy.
turtle

United States

#13 Sep 25, 2011
This started on my upper back, then on my neck, now its on my chest and moving down.

Its darker than my skin, looks dry and feels different.

Its really itchy on my back, not so much on my chest.
Kiwi

Auckland, New Zealand

#14 Oct 16, 2011
Sid wrote:
My mother is 84 and in otherwise excellent health. Several months ago she noticed 1 or 2 small brown skin patches around her waist. The patches were not raised, just a skin discoloration and they were very itchy. Over the past several months the patches have spread all around her waist, up her back and down to the thigh area, and they are still itchy and still spreading.
She has seen a dermatologist and her general practice doctor, they have prescribed various treatments, including topical treatments and antihistimines, but nothing seems to help the itching and the patches continue to spread. They can't even give her a name for the condition or or a cause.
Any ideas what this could be?
I sympathise with your mum and I know that it appears doctors and dermatologists are the last people that know anything. Certainly, I wouldn't waste my time as their training doesn't cover such fundamentals as 'we are what we eat'... and metabolise.... faulty as it may be at times, it's a pretty basic principal.

I can't tell from what you have said which came first, the itch or the brown pigmentation. My mother had massive itching periods starting with her palms and soles of feet, but later went onto her back and pretty much everywhere. She said it was a burning itch and was red when itchy. Kept her up nights with ice packs for years. However when it subsided, there were no marks. We went to a kinesiologist who suggested she was rampant with fungal and parasitic infection which horrified her as she was so so so clean and fanatical. Normally the liver would take care of these things, unless it is overloaded and then the skin would come into play as it is the largest eliminative organ in the human body.

However, I have subsequently developed a similar thing but like your mother I have the brown pigmentation areas. At present it's on my hip bones (jeans rub there) and I'm trying not to itch the current itchy area on my middle spine as it is the itching that causes the skin colour damage. My hip areas are fading with the urge to itch finally slowly subsiding there. If i scratch even once it leaves marks that get worse with subsequent itching. Most frustrating and unsightly.

I feel I've triggered this situation with bad diet - things like combination of red wine (one glass at night and two on weekends), dark chocolate, and high sugar dried fruits (dark choc coated)- all together - this was a definate trigger. Won't do it again cause it resulted in a week from hell. With my age being 50 I have to allow for many years of accumulated toxins overwhelming my liver (even though typically healthy to look at and really active). Itching is a liver thing. It seems that when I do anything extreme like that it starts and continues until I really concentrate on detoxing. Bugger!

http://www.ctds.info/itching.html was a site I found similar. I think there is a huge correlation with all such problems and liver overload. Iron and probably most nutrients play an important role also but basically, nothing will function or metabolise properly if the organs are overloaded. Hence the need to remove the causes, however inert they may seem.

Milk thistle is an amazing herb to look up and perhaps try to assist the liver in it's repair. Off to buy myself some now...

I wish you luck and hope this may help you find a way to undo the damage thus allowing the body to regain it's integrity and restore balance.
lady_lover75

Fort Pierce, FL

#15 Oct 18, 2011
I have the dark brown spots also which started on/around my waist, then to top of buttocks and now moving up my back. Wasn't worried about it till it started to spread from waist line, just thought my clothes were too tight. Effected areas feel different from rest of skin, dark with outside ring of white skin and itch bad from time to time. WTF is it???
Melinda

Arlington Heights, IL

#16 Oct 21, 2011
My husband started itching around the groin area;doctors thought it was the joggers itch.Finally he was prescribed Extina 2% foam that took care of the itch.Six months later i developed flat itchy patches that became discolored with subsequent itching.The patches have spread to my neck,shoulders,stomach,back,si des of the abdomen and behind my knees.The dermatologists stated that it was eczema or allergy to powder detergent that i had started using.I know that i had switched my milk products to using Almond and Soy milk frequently.I cannot pinpoint what triggered the itch.The clothes that never bothered me in the past now appear to make me itch more.The doctor prescribed me steroid cream and antihistamine;nothing seems to work.I even used my husbands cream since my skin patches are similar to his past skin discoloration.The frustration mounts especially when i sweat and the itchy does off the roof.I hope some dermatologist can put a finger to this.Thanks for reading and good luck.
mr itchy

Pompano Beach, FL

#17 Oct 22, 2011
I have many little bumps on my legs and my hands fill with water and itch so much I havent been to a DR but many different creams nd none seems to work
Rick

Lubbock, TX

#18 Nov 19, 2011
re: "I feel I've triggered this situation with bad diet - things like combination of red wine (one glass at night and two on weekends), dark chocolate, and high sugar dried fruits (dark choc coated)- all together - this was a definate trigger."

I too have the same problem and have been drinking dry red wine, dark chocolate, plus eating mixed nuts.

I have dark patches around my waist, that darken due to scratching them, sometimes very itchy. I am thinking that I need to stop drinking the wine and detox as well. Will advise how this goes.
Rick

Lubbock, TX

#19 Nov 19, 2011
Rick wrote:
re: "I feel I've triggered this situation with bad diet - things like combination of red wine (one glass at night and two on weekends), dark chocolate, and high sugar dried fruits (dark choc coated)- all together - this was a definate trigger."
I too have the same problem and have been drinking dry red wine, dark chocolate, plus eating mixed nuts.
I have dark patches around my waist, that darken due to scratching them, sometimes very itchy. I am thinking that I need to stop drinking the wine and detox as well. Will advise how this goes.
Let me add to this, that I hurt my lower back several months ago that effected my L1-L5 and wondering if I have Notalgia Paraesthetica, triggered from pressure on a nerve that is effected by possible spinal damage. I see a chiropractor regularly and will also monitor if the itching occurs shortly after my chiro adjustments.
rsc

United States

#20 Nov 27, 2011
Brown itchy spots on chest and back, etc. that can be removed readily by scraping with a fingernail are likely a type of fungus that can be readily controlled with dilute clorox (one ounce per gallon of water applied twice daily)after removing the spots with a fingernail-like scraper or abrasive exfoliater pad.

I've experienced the problem occasionally over a period of several years and had no difficulty correcting it with this treatment.

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