We moved from a wonderfully tropical locale to one of the most arid, dry, moisture-sucking locations the Army could have sent us. Combine that with cold temps, cranked heaters, hot showers to help restore circulation to my appendages and the state of my epidermis is depressing. I've tried several remedies...baby oil, Aveeno oatmeal baths and lotions, Aquaphor, and coconut oil. And none of them have helped.
I itch. And when I say I itch, I don't mean just a little bit. I mean I ITCH. In that way that causes you to wake up in the middle of the night, scratching at yourself, leaving welts here and there. It's incredibly annoying to FEEL every part of your skin all day long. I feel every seam, every point of contact, every everything. My hips and my arms are the worst but it's pretty much everywhere that I itch.
I came across a coupon for some medicated lotion called Sarna and figured I'd give it a try. I was waiting for it to go on sale at Target or Wal-Mart or somewhere but finally gave up and just went ahead and bought it with the coupon. It's not cheap - I think it was $10.99 for the bottle (minus the $5 coupon I had) and I used it for the first time today.
Oh. My. Goodness! I don't feel like scratching off the skin on my hips anymore! I made it through the day without clawing at my arms in desperation or digging welts on my hips, trying to get the itching to stop. What a relief! The bonus is that Sarna is non-steroidal so it carries with it fewer possible side effects than a topical steroid cream. Not to mention the fact that you can buy it OTC so I don't have to wrangle a referral to the dermatologist out of my doc. Woohoo!
I grabbed the 'sensitive skin' version because I'm finding that I am more sensitive to fragrance than I used to be. This entropy thing is a pain. *sigh* But at least I don't itch as badly! And this was just Day 1! Sarna, you have a fan!