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& Lotions for Deep PUVA Itch? NOT!
something to say about the comments various people have said about PUVA
Itch. I have had PUVA ITCH. I
refer to it as “the :itch from hell.”
I sat up many nights, or should I say mornings — like 2:00 or
3:00 a.m. — rubbing ice on my arms to try to numb my skin enough for me
to go to sleep. I finally had
to see a neurologist because I found out that the PUVA light had damaged
my nerve endings. I had no
idea that PUVA treatment could do this and that I'd wind up in so much
agony! Creams, lotions, baths, were
a waste of time. In fact, having
someone recommend some new anti-itch cream became infuriating. My
dermatologist finally prescribed Lidoderm patches.
The first time I used one it was like throwing water on a fire.
It was wonderful.
tell people with severe, deep itching from PUVA treatments to take baths
or use lotions; they don't even touch it. –Bonnim T.
Response: For more
information, this site goes into detail about the patch:
explains that the patch contains 5% lidocaine in a compound that promotes
absorption only enough to reach the
damaged nerves; not deep enough to absorb significantly into the blood
stream. This enables much
longer-term use of the Lidoderm Patches.
the patch is the only product (according to this web site) “FDA approved
to treat Postherpetic Neuralgia,”
which is the severe pain some people experience as a post-outbreak
symptom of shingles.
It does require a prescription.
important note is that the patch should never be used over broken, or
Those of you
who have had shingles with postherpetic neuralgia and who have also had
PUVA itch will know if there is a difference in the agony.
If the PUVA problem approaches the shingles problem in severity,
you might want to pursue the Lidoderm Patch with your derm.
Thanks for the tip, Bonnim. -Ed