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itching hands and feet driving me nuts!

 
 
hamburger
 
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Sun 31 Aug, 2008 12:06 pm
@JLNobody,
"Jespah, I broke out in a rash while reading the word, quark. What is it? "

QUARK
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i call it european cottage-cheese - usually contains more butterfat and has more taste - not as bland as most cottage cheese - many supermarkets now carry it .
hbg

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Quark (or quarg) is a fresh unripened cheese prepared in a fashion similar to cottage cheese. As with other fresh cheeses, the first step in the creation of quark is pasteurization of the milk. Fresh cheeses are consumed without aging and so milk used must be pasteurized to ensure the safety of the cheese. Once the cheesemilk is prepared, starter culture is added to generate lactic acid from lactose. Acidification occurs until the pH is lowered to 4.6, which causes precipitation of the casein proteins. A very small amount of rennet is included with the cheesemilk and it functions to make the curd firmer. Unlike cottage cheese, the quark coagulum is not cut or cooked. The curd is simply broken by agitation and whey is removed by bag drainage or by centrifugal force in a mechanical curd concentrator. The product may then be salted. The resulting texture of the quark cheese is very smooth, unlike cottage cheese, which consists of distinct curds. Quark cheese is used as an ingredient to add sensory appeal, mild flavour, and nutritional value to foods. Quark is a fresh cheese with a smooth texture, a mild, slightly sour flavour and a white colour. Quark cheese can be prepared from skim milk, partially skim milk or whole milk. When the Quark cheese is made with fat, the fat contributes to the flavour and smoothness of the cheese. Quark cheese has a fairly short shelf life due to its relatively high moisture content. Since the curd is not washed (as in cottage cheese manufacture), quark cheese has a relatively high lactose content.

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Newdayray
 
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Sun 14 Dec, 2008 12:24 pm
@dov1953,
I am having the same problem and suspect it is a side affect of medication. I have taken Benadryl. I also put ice cold water in my tub about ankle deep and stand in it and lean over and put my hands under the water also until the itching subsides (about 3-5 min.). The itching does eventually return so I just repeat. I am calling my Dr. Monday morning for sure...it is driving me crazy!!!!!
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billitchyfoot
 
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Wed 25 Feb, 2009 12:54 am
@dov1953,
I get itchy feet so bad it wakes me up suddenly from a deep sleep. Very hot water stops the itch or very cold water, but for me the hot works faster and better. I put my feet in the bath tub, turn on full hot for as long as I can stand it, that usually does it. good luck
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DonnaG
 
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Thu 10 Sep, 2009 10:18 am
@edgarblythe,
I have a similar issue. I have no rash, no dry skin. Ido have itchy hands and feet at night primarily. I have been taking Claritin 24 hour over the counter. It takes care of the itching for exactly 24 hours then it starts up again. But I do get some relief.
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JGriggs239
 
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Fri 2 Oct, 2009 08:02 pm
@dov1953,
I have recently come to learn that my itching & burning feet and itching hands were not caused by fragrant bath and body lotions or the chemicals therein, nor athlete's foot, but from the foods I have been eating. I never suspected that the teas, mountain dews, cheetos or anything else with food coloring, especially "yellow" was the culprit. Since then I have also noticed a correlation with many many foods, which has made my sleeping...sleepless and unbearable. I have had to take a couple of teaspoons of Benadryl to get some sleep and it has worked. I am now awaiting a couple of allergy tests to see if I can finally pinpoint more of the culprits and go from there. I would never suggest ruling out the prospect of seeing a Dr. for further investigating, but every Dr. I have mentioned it to simply looks at me puzzled and with no explanation or solution. Take a step back and take note of what you're eating. I never ever suspected the food. I blamed it on all of the other topical things...for years. Good luck.
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bebalicious
 
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Mon 14 Dec, 2009 07:48 pm
@dov1953,
Try Folic Acid I also have a inch that makes me scream and stomp my foot. I am a alcholic in recovery and after I came out of rehab that when it started when i discontinued Folic Acid but I got back on it 800 mg
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bebalicious
 
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Mon 14 Dec, 2009 07:52 pm
@edgarblythe,
Hi I am a recovering alcoholic and after I came out of recovery and it started happening to me I could not sleep It was no rash an inner itch which make you wanna scream I remember in rehab they gave me Folic Acid and so far its working let me know how you are Thats Folic Acid 800 mg.
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cooldude75
 
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Mon 12 Jul, 2010 10:59 am
All,
While you are at the same topic, I've a problem that my hands get very itchy when I am out in sun... especially driving on a sunny day scares me... this goes away in an hour when i go back inside cool. Any ideas?
Thanks
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sd
 
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Thu 25 Nov, 2010 02:41 am
@elma,
it is b12 for sure my has same problem, there is just itch on soles of hands and feet
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sd
 
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Thu 25 Nov, 2010 02:44 am
@elma,
my mom had same problem or ithcy and very dry fett and hand soles , blood test which showed very low b12 so u r right, but always try the blood test it can be other things too
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Maria Ferreira
 
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Mon 2 May, 2011 12:04 pm
@Phoenix32890,
I got erythema nodusam 2 months ago and I'm still suffering from it.My Doctor ran some tests on me (blood,urine,stool).
First he gave me antibiotics but then he told me to stop taking them because there was no cure for it (erythema)
Then he e gave me peniccilin because my blood test came positive for some bacteria in the tyroid.However it affected my kidneys.
Later I got what looks like worm ring but my Doctor calls it 'fungus'.He gave me Lamisil.Then I got what look like measless all over my body.
Conclusion:I'm itching all over my body including my hands and feet.
I've used Calamine lotion,vaseline,Lamisil,antibiotics,reactine,Benadryl,Advil,etc... After 2 months I'm still going crazy with so much pain in my legs and feet and all this itching!-My legs have huge marks and some tissue has been damaged!
We put a man in the moon but we can't come up with a solution for these things!-I also had a tuberculosis test and an X-ray to my lungs!-It came out clean!
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perk472002
 
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Thu 8 Sep, 2011 06:57 am
Well, I will tell you that first of all, it is a horrible thing!!! I have had this twice in my life. Once for about a year and once for about 2 years. I went to a couple of Dr's and no one knew what it was. I figured it out myself. The only thing that would help is to use wet cold wash cloths or towels wrapped around my feet and hands. Actually I had to sit in a chair to sleep with them wrapped around my feet and hands and finally after about 30 mins I could fall asleep. While in the shower, I would shower really fast and than have to let very cold water run across my hands and feet just to get some relief because the hot water would cause them to itch very bad.
Sometimes while driving in the winter time with the heater on they would do it really bad and I use to have to drive without heat and than roll my window down while holding my hands one at a time out the window till they would almost freeze. The answer I came up with is the whole thing was caused by my nerves. YES while under stress. It might not be a stress that you are aware or either. I am not a dr but I did notice the first time it happened, I was under a very stressful job, it lasted about a year. The second time I went through a divorce and lasted a couple years. Please try to destress yourself some way and it will still take some time cause NO one can stand the torture we go through with this. Hope this helps.
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Debraapples
 
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Fri 22 Feb, 2013 10:20 am
Hi,
Just to let you know I've had horrendous itching in fingers and toes - coming from inside, not atopic like contact dermatitis or eczema or anything - for a few years now (in fact one of the first ever symptoms was like a red bump coming from inside on toes then fingers, under my skin, v, painful and sore) and was desperately looking for a cure, and I believe I've found it. My cure seems to be sugar! i.e. avoiding it completely. I also had huge splits on the skin of my fingers which have almost completely healed after just 10 days sugar-free.

It's early days so experimenting if have to cut absolutely all sources of sugar or not (e.g. I've had a small amount of fruit). But in the last 10 days I've had absolutely no itching at all!!!!!! Just a little hotness and swelling in the fingers when I eat which dies down after 2h max. I'm trying to stick to eating a lot of proteins (although I don't digest them well so still have to have carbs), as I find any carbs will set my hands off with swelling, getting really hot, skin getting tight and cracking again. But this is improving every day.

I always suspected sugar was the cause (I've been a sugar overeater for >50 years!) but couldn't understand why exercise would set it off too, and so thought it might be more complicated than just one food item. That was a red herring tho, cos exercise merely releases sugar into blood stream from stores in body, e.g. from liver - more research needed by me - but I’m so excited wanted to too.

Also apparently starvation (I used to go long periods in the day without eating so I could eat more at night) and possibly gall stones - again more research needed - causes the liver to kick out bile salts into blood stream which get into the skin and cause terrible itching.

So avoid all added sugar (even in prepack meals) and cut back on any other sources - e.g. honey, fruit, etc - also dairy acts a bit like sugar in body, so cut milk n' cheese too - just for a while to see if it works for you. (Eggs n' butter are fine though.) Also wine, any alcohol would set me off too - has a sugar effect in body.

I found choc was SO difficult to give up! but it's been 10 days now - yay!!! I could of course have 100% cocoa as a sub to get over cravings but gone cold turkey. SO worth doing and long may it continue! Let me know of your experiences if you can. Do you eat a lot of sugar? If you cut it out, does it work for you too?

PS I also have bad circulation in hands and feet, v. low blood pressure, so don't know if that's relevant too. And I sit at a computer all day...

PSS Having read the thread, I'll have to see if vit B12 works for me too - thanks! Surprised)
Timothyford
 
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Thu 28 Feb, 2013 03:27 am
@dov1953,
Itchy hands and feet may be due to the lack of moisture. Apply moisturizer that has coconut oil content and also make an oatmeal bath this will help to keep your skin moist and prevents from dryness.
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Kitty94
 
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Sun 28 Apr, 2013 09:47 am
I am 18 (female) and for the past year I at random times the tips of my fingers start tingling and they get really itchy, my toes do the same.

At first the itching came at night (between 1am and 3am), so my parents changed the washing machine powder and softener, just as a test,
but then during final yr 12 exams last November, I spent the morning at school before my math exam and my fingers went nuts and I called my dad almost crying because I could bare anything else, my dad dropped off some anti-itch cream and that helped but for like 3 days my fingers were sooo itchy and the morning before my doctors appointment the itching stopped so we didnt worry about it.

But I my fingers just started itching an hour ago, and so I googled it and thats when I found this forum, but before that I looked through information of different things and Diabities was something that popped out at me, so I'm going to ring the doctor in the morning and see if I can get tested for that.

But I thought I should share my little story with yous because I am only 18 and the stories I read on here are from a range of different ages.
Abbee
 
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Mon 29 Apr, 2013 08:15 am
I have suffered extremely sore hands for over twenty years. I would regularly require steroid tablets to give me some relief. When my hands would get it by I would not really scratch them but "wring" them instead. Initially this would ease the pain but I could not control how long I scratched for and would end up with hands so extremely hot that I would have to literally force myself to keep them apart until I could be sure I would not continue scratching. To cut a very long story short I recently saw a specialist who was amazed no one had told me not to use soap! Within a week of no soap my hands had I,proved about 80per cent. I use a no soap body was,no soap shampoo and moisturise with a cream of glycerine and sorbolene only. Six weeks down the track and my hands are not yet totally free but I can have a quick scratch and stop. The split and broken skin is only minor and the relief I describe!!!! Please everyone, try this. In Australia QV, dermaveen and cephaphil (think I spelt the last one correctly) are acceptable brands but a quick chat with a friendly chemist will sort it out. Good luck everyone
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Abbee
 
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Mon 29 Apr, 2013 08:19 am
@Kitty94,
Hi kitty. Please read mr post about soap. I wish I had not suffered for so long and this is a really cheap and easy thing to try. I have had it on my feet as well although not often and the hands were by far ans away the worst. I understand the crying please give soap free a go and very good luck to you with this.
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dogsledfred
 
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Tue 20 May, 2014 04:36 am
@hotcheese,
This is may 2014. My itchy fingers and toes seems to b brought on by crohns disease. Prednisone seems to be the only thing to knock it back.
fred
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LynneA
 
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Sat 21 Mar, 2015 07:44 am
@Debraapples,
Thank you for sharing this. I have suffered from itchy feet and occasionaly my hands too. I have been following a very low carb diet for a couple of months and my itching virtually stopped, so I suspected that it must too be a dietry problem. However, today I had a small amount of brie cheese and goats cheese and within 10 minutes my feet and hands started itching badly. I was disappointed because that was not what I had expected. Having read through your experience with carbohydrates and dairy I have been given hope and will try cutting out dairy too. I had been using almond milk and will continue with that also.
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izzythepush
 
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Sat 21 Mar, 2015 07:58 am
@JLNobody,
JLNobody wrote:

Jespah, I broke out in a rash while reading the word, quark. What is it?


Sorry, but I only just noticed and couldn't resist. It's the noise a posh duck makes.


Again, I'm so sorry.
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