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Itching Skin Part Of Alcohol Withdrawal?

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by adamlevine, Nov 13, 2018.

  1. adamlevine

    adamlevine Member

    I have been drinking very heavily for the last 4 months : at least 6 - 13 standard shots of gin almost every day. Sometimes more. Things just escalated and got out of hand. I was also smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, and usually finishing the night off with a couple of Tylenol with Codeine (8mg). I realize that I am probably lucky to still be alive.

    I have stopped all the bad habits - no intention of going back to that place - but have a question about the detox process.

    I am on day 6 and things have not been too bad, except for a little fatigue and insomnia and bad dreams which I understand is normal in this situation. I can get through this. But it is the onset of hypersensitive skin that is driving me nuts! Itchy skin that feels as if bugs are crawling over me at times. NO, I don't see them! [​IMG] Is this part of the detox - does anyone else know of this experience? And how long do you think this could last!

    I have had blood work done, and by some miracle everything shows up within range!
  2. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    Usually itchy skin is a typical side effect of someone who IS taking to much opiate based medication...not was taking but IS taking but if that's not the case unfortunately I have no idea.I suggest checking with your doctor to get his/her opinion on this particular scenario just to be safe
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  3. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    I'm with @True concern on this one, @adamlevine. I would consult with a doctor about your itchy skin. It could be related to alcohol withdrawal. A quick Google search does show a lot of people who are detoxing from alcohol talking about itchy skin. That said, it could be something else altogether. Best to ask a professional.

    By the way, congrats on Day 6. I wish you the best of luck in your recovery. Please know that we are always here for help, support, or just to listen.
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  4. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener


    Hey there. So glad that you're here and I'm so glad to hear that you've given up all of those things. You spared yourself a whole lot of Misery by stopping all of these bad habits. I'm not sure about your question. It very well could be some sort of detox symptom, but I'm not sure. I'm glad that all of your blood work came back normal, so you can put your mind at rest regarding that.

    I hope that it stops soon!
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  5. Krayon

    Krayon Member

    I experienced quite a bad exczma like rash on my neck but that was at the height of my drinking. I would have night sweats a lot too so that didn't help. During my recovery though I did go through a period of very itchy hands to the point that the skin started peeling. A trip to the doctors and a blood test didn't reveal why though. I also have a girl in my recovery group that has complained of an itchy rash too. Dont know if its the same thing but would defo like to find out more about this as I can't find much online.
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  6. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener

    @adamlevine hey there. how are you doing? any better?
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  7. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    Let us know how your itching is, @adamlevine. We're here for you.
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  8. Itsnotjustme

    Itsnotjustme Member

    Hello Im Crys over here on East Coast -

    Grateful recovering alcoholic and cocaine abuser

    Im actually 63 days sober and I can relate to the original post on itchy skin due to alcohol withdrawal, detox, etc.
    So my understanding is when I did drink amd especially the lethal amounts I was also drinking almost daily that our bodies will put themselves in sort of like a generator state...

    So basically alcohol does change your internal and external body temp, which btw another crazy factor to add to my drinking- and really it means that once my body has reached a max internal temp I will then break a sweat, feel lil euphoria. Maybe dizzy and etc... These are actually indicators that I was WASTED and close to alcohol poisoning!! AND even though I gotta keep drinking cause I cant stop & damn sure didn't want to either cause i was having time of my life ; I would continue to drink... Once this peak was reached- EUREKA and there went on my generator!

    The generator kicks on when my central nervous system was now being compromised- notice numbing of hands. Clammy and ITCHY skin, heavy feeling!

    So all of a sudden instead of feeling like im heating up Im now freezing and it doesnt matter if its 80 degrees- Im freezing and now everything is so stiff, cold and slowed down... I realize my breathing is much more shallow and that my trembling hands are frozen cold

    So with that being said you are still early sobriety... Im still struggling with tremors, night sweats, clammy and shaky hands, oily/ dry skin amd sometimes rashes! My nails are so frail- break a lot! Hair likes to fallout clumps or handfuls.

    The generator is still trying to figure out whether or not you are going to fill yours again. By the grace of GOD I hope not and lastly this thing works. Just give it time and stick and stay! Itll get better - also oatmeal lotion soothes much better than just moisturizing. Epsom salt baths and also oatmeal baths are also good!

    Feel better!

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  9. Dominica

    Dominica Recovery Advocate @ Moving Beyond Codependency Community Listener

    @Itsnotjustme hey there! congrats on your sobriety time! that's wonderful. also, thank you for sharing that detailed information. i hope the withdrawal symptoms you're dealing with subside soon....

    sending positive, sobriety vibes your way!
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  10. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    Thanks for posting, @Itsnotjustme. And big kudos to you on your 63 days of sobriety! That's FABULOUS!! Just keep going, my friend! And know that you have a support network here that you can lean on anytime. :)
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  11. DavidJr

    DavidJr Member

    Hey guys my name is David and today I make three days sober from alcohol and ciggarets and I as well am dealing with this intense itch at night it's called tacile hallucination the abuse has damaged my nuro so my mind is playing tricks on my body and it has been difficult to sleep, I alone must do it but I can't do it alone.
  12. DavidJr

    DavidJr Member

  13. DavidJr

    DavidJr Member

    @adamlevine what also helps the itch is a hot bath with epsom salt....
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    DavidJr Member

  15. Happy days

    Happy days Member

    Yes. Been there. Itchy skin is definitely a sign of withdrawal but it will eventually go away if you continue to abstain. Best of luck xx
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  16. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    I have been avoiding this thread simply because it sounds crazy to say "I itch without alcohol"however I promised a brother of mine I would stoo drinking if he quit amphetamines and the truth is I am not only itching like crazy but I am also having atleast 1 seizure a day...Been hospitalized twice in 2 weeks due to it....So I sympathize with you all, quit while it's just itching because seizures are next.
    Stay Strong and God Bless you
  17. TravisT

    TravisT Member

    So awesome DavidJr! Now working on day number 6 for yourself and keep it up. Be proud and also be thankful that it is just itchy skin! Hallucinations and itchy skin can last awhile and I am sure there is no set time frame for everyone, but just keep doing what you are doing. So many proud of you!

    Insight - the baths with oatmeal and such the others discussed really helps, but I really enjoyed putting aloe in the fridge, keeping it really cold and applying all the time. If you are lucky enough to have an aloe plant, that will work too. The idea of coolness and the aloe is a good trick. What the benefit of all this is, it relaxes your mind when you are doing this "task". GREAT JOB DAVIDJR!
  18. JacobCl86

    JacobCl86 Member

    don’t worry, you can do it. Be prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.
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  19. Mjfunk

    Mjfunk Member

    Congratulations on 6 days. I have been alcohol free for 15 days and I am itching like crazy. Does anyone know how long the itching withdrawal will last?
  20. Mjfunk

    Mjfunk Member

    I have been alcohol free for 15 days and I am itching like crazy. Does anyone know how long the itching withdrawal will last?