Hell's itch. Devils itch. Suicide itch?

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  • Hiya Zendaze,


    Well I don't know if it's same thing, but I have had terrible itchy skin problems for decades and the 70% scars to prove it (could show you images that would make your skin crawl). I goot beyond the insanity threshold into serious self mortification..........scratching my skin off until it couldn't heal any more and was a literally bloody weeping mess.


    Seen dermatology clinics, specialists (4 different highly paid "specialist NHS consultants"....prescribed bucket loads of steroids, serious meds (Ciclosporin), creams, lotions, dressings, anti depressants, tranqs etc etc - all useless, until:


    I began a complete re-draw of my life including gluten free diet, cut out nightshades family of foods (potatoes, tomatoes, chillies, aubergines etc). More simple diet, fewer elements in each meal, healing leaky gut issues, better intestinal gut flora, eating less, more water, detoxing, loving and respecting my body more, herb tea baths, massage with oil and essential oils. Reducing stress levels (enforced unemployment because of chronic illnesses.......Endocrine system breakdown and CFS).


    Skin now 95% healed !!!!!!!!!!!! no longer itchy - I never thought it was going to be possible.


    So, don't give up or get down dude - solutions can be found, but conventional medicine proved useless for me anyway, all the Pharma in the NHS toolbox was toxic and a waste of resources and energy.


    keep on keeping on

  • Don't have devils itch myself , but I can feel your pain :( I aquired about 30 wasp stings yesterday, and about an hour later I came up in super itchy hives over about 60% of my body . It only lasted about 3 hours before it subsided , but even the palms were itching off the scale .
    RE sunburn , I avoid like the plague , I had it real bad on my face once from reflection of snow and lost all the skin on my forehead !

  • Don't have devils itch myself , but I can feel your pain :( I aquired about 30 wasp stings yesterday, and about an hour later I came up in super itchy hives over about 60% of my body . It only lasted about 3 hours before it subsided , but even the palms were itching off the scale .
    RE sunburn , I avoid like the plague , I had it real bad on my face once from reflection of snow and lost all the skin on my forehead !


    shouldn't be such of a honey then should ya :grin:

  • Don't have devils itch myself , but I can feel your pain :( I aquired about 30 wasp stings yesterday, and about an hour later I came up in super itchy hives over about 60% of my body . It only lasted about 3 hours before it subsided , but even the palms were itching off the scale .
    RE sunburn , I avoid like the plague , I had it real bad on my face once from reflection of snow and lost all the skin on my forehead !


    30 wasp stings eek! I've only ever been stung once an it nearly made me cry..

  • I've never heard of it described as Hell's, Devils or suicide itch but I suffer that or something similar.


    Its happened maybe 3 times in my life. My face arms and legs brown off. But if I show my back shoulders to the sun for even 10- 20mins I'm done. For 2-3 days I will have a prickling stabbing sensation all over my back and shoulders. There wont even be a sign of sunburn.


    The only way I can describe my reaction is that of Bruce Banner turning into the Hulk.


    The last time it happened about 4 years ago I found sitting in the bath with a cool shower trickling over my back soothing but nothing stopped it. If the water stopped the attack flared up.


    I wont take my t-shirt off in the sun anymore. Its just not worth it. I do rock the t-shirt tan though 😎

  • Try Aloe Vera lotion (If you're talking about sunburn)Wear a high factor sunblock,and re apply regularly.I'm Australian so was brought up to be very sun savvy,as were my kids.On the other hand,both my older sister and brother have both suffered from skin cancer,and they're not sun bakers either.Take care ok?

  • Try Aloe Vera lotion (If you're talking about sunburn)Wear a high factor sunblock,and re apply regularly.I'm Australian so was brought up to be very sun savvy,as were my kids.On the other hand,both my older sister and brother have both suffered from skin cancer,and they're not sun bakers either.Take care ok?


    you definitely not been there then, otherwise saying "try Aloe Vera lotion" you would know not to be appropriate or helpful...............the dude was not asking about your family circumstances or your family experience, or your kids, or your ethnicity, or about skin cancer.....but his damnation itch problem....the rest.............irrelevant...

  • you definitely not been there then, otherwise saying "try Aloe Vera lotion" you would know not to be appropriate or helpful...............the dude was not asking about your family circumstances or your family experience, or your kids, or your ethnicity, or about skin cancer.....but his damnation itch problem....the rest.............irrelevant...


    About as irrelevant as most of your posts!Holy shit woman,Ive just returned from working a 12 hr shift,up at 4.30am so excuse me if I misinterpreted the OP.Someone else mentioned sunburn?You did'nt slate them!Keep taking your meds.

  • you definitely not been there then, otherwise saying "try Aloe Vera lotion" you would know not to be appropriate or helpful...............the dude was not asking about your family circumstances or your family experience, or your kids, or your ethnicity, or about skin cancer.....but his damnation itch problem....the rest.............irrelevant...


    Pretty sure aloe vera works versus an itch.
    As for the rest, it's a chat forum, it adds interest & keeps things flowing, chill dude.

  • Pretty sure aloe vera works versus an itch.
    As for the rest, it's a chat forum, it adds interest & keeps things flowing, chill dude.


    wasted too much money on aloe vera lotions and creams..........there's so much crap on the market, that looks pretty, stoopid price point..........now the plant itself, yea - very very excellent properties.................but for the severe itch problem, needs much more fire power.


    I just really don't like recommending that peeps waste time, hard earned money and hope........... on shit that is often a marketing con with a celebrity smug face ...


    "chilling" no thanks, not right at the moment !

  • About as irrelevant as most of your posts!Holy shit woman,Ive just returned from working a 12 hr shift,up at 4.30am so excuse me if I misinterpreted the OP.Someone else mentioned sunburn?You did'nt slate them!Keep taking your meds.


    oh of course, your 12 hr shift, up at 4.30am ...holier than the rest of us useless fuckers..........and erm, I just stopped taking the "meds" by the way.................oh yea that'll be the problem then - no longer under the cosh, no longer keeping my gob shut and for the first time in 3 decades....................actually using what brain power I have left instead of being intimidated by peeps who "know better than me" about my own fucking situation...

  • oh of course, your 12 hr shift, up at 4.30am ...holier than the rest of us useless fuckers..........and erm, I just stopped taking the "meds" by the way.................oh yea that'll be the problem then - no longer under the cosh, no longer keeping my gob shut and for the first time in 3 decades....................actually using what brain power I have left instead of being intimidated by peeps who "know better than me" about my own fucking situation...



    If this is an example of you ''using what brain power you have left'' then it would appear that your brain power is woefully inadequate .


    Aloe vera works on general burns, If you have a plant then its really cheap. I used to get itching crawling skin after certain opiate based painkillers and found that basic anti histamines helped , maybe give them a go for what sounds like 'prickly heat', back in the day it was always calamine lotion for sunburn .

  • If this is an example of you ''using what brain power you have left'' then it would appear that your brain power is woefully inadequate .


    Aloe vera works on general burns, If you have a plant then its really cheap. I used to get itching crawling skin after certain opiate based painkillers and found that basic anti histamines helped , maybe give them a go for what sounds like 'prickly heat', back in the day it was always calamine lotion for sunburn .


    yeah WOEFULLY INADEQUATE dude.............so sad............I'm a loser baby...


    MEANWHILE: BACK IN HAPPY WORLD: read the script:


    Aloe vera works on general burns, If you have a plant then its really cheap. I used to get itching crawling skin after certain opiate based painkillers and found that basic anti histamines helped , maybe give them a go for what sounds like 'prickly heat', back in the day it was always calamine lotion for sunburn

  • oh of course, your 12 hr shift, up at 4.30am ...holier than the rest of us useless fuckers..........and erm, I just stopped taking the "meds" by the way.................oh yea that'll be the problem then - no longer under the cosh, no longer keeping my gob shut and for the first time in 3 decades....................actually using what brain power I have left instead of being intimidated by peeps who "know better than me" about my own fucking situation...


    Me holier than anyone else?Thats about as far fecthed from the truth as possible.My close friends,husband and family would find that fuckin hilarious,as I did!

  • To try to help and in defense of v48 since he/she is onboard having suffered extreme skin conditions I was putting it out there for people like NickJ.


    I've only recently found out it is called hell's, devils or suicide itch.


    No topical application works and antihistamines are barely effective...I've found taking copious over the counter drugs with lots of alcohol helps me pass out for short spells but doing so requires a very safe space.....it drives people insane and was a massive contributing factor to relationship and mental breakdown in my own case.


    My variant is body wide regardless of which bits have been sun exposed and starts following a shower. I believe others suffer a more localised form as NickJ qualifies and still others can't avoid it by barely washing for a week as I have learned to do.


    Having looked online again and again it appears that sufferers resort to scalding hot showers that allegedly offer 30 to 120 mins relief.


    Medical science does view this severe reaction to ?histamines as a mystery but will not offer 72hr sedation and a sickbed.


    As an aside there are people who have such severe skin conditions that it has been known for a person to scratch through to the brain.