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Anyone itch after using meth?

jamm1 Anyone itch after using meth?
Ever since my son got off meth 2 years ago, he has itched all over his body. He has tried different lotions and oils and taken benadryl with not much success. His doc said it could be nerve damage from the meth. Has anyone experienced the same thing and if so how did you treat it.
Re: Anyone itch after using meth?
Welcome to KCI........am so glad you son is clean!

Have you read any of the FAQ's yet? Old ones and new ones on the home page of KCI? If not, try there for a few minutes til I finish up here...it's called Formication; a crawling sensation of the skin.

Since I'm not an MD, I'd see your doc. They can get infected and may need to be seen and some type of creme medication applied. Ice packs will lessen some of that itchy crawly feeling-try that.

I'll be back in just a few and see if you found your answers on the main page of KCI. Here's another invaluable website: read and take in as much as you can.


Again, Welcome to KCI...home of addicts, addicts in recovery, and loved ones. Make yourself at home. We do have a lot of great knowledge here and lotsa love too.
jamm1 Re: Anyone itch after using meth?
I know what you're talking about but shouldn't that have disappeared after 2 years? This is more of a dry itchy feeling.
Re: Anyone itch after using meth?
I'm not a doc...if it's more like winter dry itchy skin without open sores, a gentle cleansing with Ivory soap and towel dry-then apply some, if you had it on hand it's great: Sarna Lotion...if you don't, a mild lotion or hydrocortisone creme should help.
I'd check in with his MD either way, just to be safe.
Let us know how things go?!
Re: Anyone itch after using meth?
I have a skin condition that can most likely be attributed to meth. A chronic staph infection. I get bumps. My doctor has tried giving me some intense rounds of antibiotics, but it only clears up temporarily.

I am not sure about itching. Do you think it could be behavioral, meaning he started it while using, and has a kind of compulsion to keep doing it? Or is it possible he damaged his skin somehow while using? Scratching at the bug feeling? I'm not diagnosing, because I'm not qualified, these are just ideas.

I would suggest talking to the doctor, if he has a doctor he can be totally honest with that is so helpful. I have had so much help from my doctors after I finally started telling them the truth.
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Re: Anyone itch after using meth?
After 2 yrs I would think the itching related to meth would be done !
BUT - I have that on my scalp. It started when I was doing meth and I still have the condition 13 years later.

Tea Tree oil works best....and having my nails done so I don't itch it to death. Guess your son probably wouldn't want his nails done, though.

Ask your son to go to the Dr and tell how it started....see what they say.
You must be VERY proud of your boy !!! Congrats to him on 2 yrs !!
Re: Anyone itch after using meth?
Did the doctor run tests on his liver? It seems to me I recall someone on here having experience with this and it had to do with liver function.
If the doctor hasn't, maybe he should.

Congratulations on 2 years for your son. That is awesome.
Penel0pe Re: Anyone itch after using meth?
Imlostinky is right - liver problems can cause chronic itching, especially at night. Did he use needles?

A hepatitis panel might be a good idea.
Re: Anyone itch after using meth?
Most definite follow the very wise advice from the previous poster.
But .... take it from someone who really knows about suffering from dehydrated skin problems.

This is what works the best for "ME"
Maximum strength Neem soap.  and Hemp lotion.  any regular soap or glycerin product just makes it worse.  
Re: Anyone itch after using meth?
Symptoms of Kidney

Many people who have chronic kidney disease don't know it, because the early signs can be very subtle. It can take many years to go from chronic kidney disease (CKD) to kidney failure. Some people with CKD live out their lives without ever reaching kidney failure.

However, for people at any stage of kidney disease, knowledge is power. Knowing the symptoms of kidney disease can help you get the treatment you need to feel your best. If you or someone you know has one or more of the following symptoms of kidney disease, or you are worried about kidney problems, see a doctor for blood and urine tests. Remember, many of the symptoms can be due to reasons other than kidney disease. The only way to know the cause of your symptoms is to see your doctor.

Symptom 4: Skin Rash/Itching
Kidneys remove wastes from the bloodstream. When the kidneys fail, the buildup of wastes in your blood can cause severe itching.
What patients said:
"It's not really a skin itch or anything, it's just right down to the bone. I had to get a brush and dig. My back was just bloody from scratching it so much." "My skin had broke out, I was itching and scratching a lot."

Re: Anyone itch after using meth?
Just throwing some info out to you here. I read a study done by John Hopkins awhile ago. They did a study with babies that had chronic staph infections. One half of the study used antibiotics and the other used pure honey. The honey panel cured up the infection completely, quickly, and with minimal scarring as opposed to the group that used antibiotics.
I would check out that study and perhaps try it under doctor supervision. I haven't a clue what type of honey was used, the amount, or anything really except for the generalities.
Just thought I'd share that with you as a staph infection is or could be quite serious.
jamm1 Re: Anyone itch after using meth?
Thanks everyone for your help.
Re: Anyone itch after using meth?
Tell your son I said GREAT JOB and WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!

I know that my skin is a lot more dry than it used to be before I used. I was told to drink more water. Water really does hydrate your skin as strange as it sounds. If you have insurance, you should have him see a dermatologist. They are really awesome and they might have something that could help. Good luck.

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