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Persistent itching on the face and neck

Question : I HAVE been suffering from itchiness on my face and neck for the past seven years. Several skin specialists came out with different diagnoses -- skin mites, allergy, excessive vaginal discharge, etc. I have gone for a blood test but have yet to receive the lab results. If it is my blood, shouldn't I be itching all over instead of just my face and neck? Please advise.

Answer : UNFORTUNATELY, itchiness can occur on different parts of the body. Even if the problem is in the blood, it may be only the face, or leg, or arm, that itches all the time. This can be because of a raised histamine level in the blood, or as a result of allergic reaction to certain foods, or even hormonal imbalances. Around the time of menopause, this can be common around the neck and face.

There are other diseases that can cause itchiness, redness and conditions that you describe and the blood tests you have had should eventually rule these out. If you find that the blood tests do in fact show further problems, write back to me and we will discuss those.

In the meantime, I would try evening primrose oil as it has an anti-inflammatory effect, and also a hormone balancing property. Vitamin C helps to lower blood histamine levels and 1,000mg of vitamin C twice a day can also be helpful.

It is important too that you look very closely at the type of foods you are eating to see if any of them is contributing to the condition. Try to reduce your stress levels as this can cause problems. The herb hypericum and vitamin B plus C can be beneficial in helping to cope with stress.

Try my suggestions one by one over a period of a couple of months while you are undergoing your medical evaluation. I am sure you will find that, providing there is no other disease causing your problem, what I have suggested will help you.

     
     

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