(itching) may occur as a symptom of MS. It is one of the family of abnormal
sensations—such as burning, stabbing, or tearing pains, or “pins and
needles” feelings—which may be experienced by people with MS.
These sensations are known as dysesthesias, and they are neurologic in
from Allergic Itching
itching may occur suddenly and intensely, but for brief periods. It may be
present over any part of the body or face. It is different from the generalized
itching that can accompany an allergic reaction as there is no external skin
rash or irritation at the site of itching. Corticosteroid ointments applied to
the skin are not helpful in relieving this type of itch.
Can Treat Itching Associated with MS
are, however, several medications that are generally successful in treating
dysesthetic itching. Among them are:
such as carbamazepine (Tegretol®) and diphenylhydantoin (Dilantin®)
such as amitriptyline (Elavil®) and the MAO inhibitors
antihistamine, hydroxyzine (Atarax®).
who experience itching should consult their physician. complements of the NMSS