Here we go, here we go, here we go. Prurigo, Prurigo, Pru-ri-gooo-ooo.
The word is weird, but basically, prurigo is the name for raised and numerous itchy bumps (nodules) that form on your skin. They can develop and worsen if you continually scratch your skin. I had always wondered what it meant, hearing dermatology specialists mention it in reference to my own skin, and I’ve had patches of it in the same places for months, years sometimes and never seemed to get rid of it.
But I kept forgetting the word and then forgetting to be nice to my skin.
It was just the norm. Part of me, part of my skin. But you CAN get rid of it, sometimes it goes on its own, but sometimes the itch scratch cycle means it just gets worse and worse.
Well now I’ve sussed out how to get on top of this prurigo, with the help of my doctor, who finally explained that those hard, raised, thickened lumps, that seemed to appear in place of nasty eczema scabs, should go if we kept on treating them.
The answer is not to just ignore them and cover them up.
If you launch a sustained attack with steroids, just a tiny bit twice a day, and loads of emollient, and gradually reduce the strength of steroid as you go, eventually they do heal and slowly shed their layers and return to almost normal again. When they were feeling better I applied a bit of tea tree and aloe vera to aid healing, but when they’re really sore tea tree can be a bit harsh.
It takes time. Mine took about 1-2 months to go, but now it’s gone I don’t miss them at all. I’m also amazed at how badly I was actually treating my skin, especially my hands.
It does get boring putting on emollient ALL the time, but when you have dry skin you have to. And I was always neglecting my hands.
The change in them is amazing so keep on moisturising.
Bye bye prurigo and thumbs up to Dr John Reed who nagged me enough I finally listened and have banished mine for good (well, at least until the next attack of mad scratching).
Anyone else had this?
Did you find it hard to get rid of? How long did it take you and what did you use to help it heal?