how do you stop scratching.?
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I have been suffering alot for 6 years. I know that if I move to a sunny country it will mostly go, but until I can afford that, I'm stuck here in the UK...
My technique is for sleeping (often the worst time for damaging scratching). I am fully addicted to scratching and get the most amazing stress relief and general good feeling from scratching. This, plus I am a very anxious highly strung person means that scratching seems almost impossible to stop.
Here it is:
I use electrical tape (quite thick rubbery texture) to literally tape up each individual finger on both hands. At first I would slowly peel them off in my sleep and wake up with tape all over my bed. However, I was convinced this was a good technique so I persisted in laboriously taping my fingers at night. I am 2 weeks in and can now sleep all night with the tape on. I do still scratch, but without nails I am not damaging and infecting my skin to the same level. I would say this has improved my skin by about 3 to 4 times so far (still working on day time scratching)
My plan is to keep doing this until I don't scratch at all. I will then tape up only 4 fingers, then 3 etc...
I wanted to share this because I'm half way through my "plan" and it seems to be working
Anyone else tried this?
Im 30years old, have ha eczema all my life; if theres one thing that stops me scratching is playing my ps3!
It not only keeps my hands busy but also keeps the mind occupied.
For parents with kids, i do recommend you let your kids play computer games if it stops them scratching, just ensure they have reg breaks lile every half hour... Have half hour of homework maybe? Id recommend to spend as much time as possible with them while they study. Can almost guarantee that if the game they play is one they like; you can walk away and need not worry about them scratching
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thanks for the tape idea i tired it but was still scratching but it was a lot better .. it really works but then i woke up decided to take the tape off and change out of my pjs, so i am semi undressed then what did i do ..well stupidly i scratch the hell out of myself and didnt realise it till it was too late. they shoudl invent invisible tape for the day time
i will try the nails next but i am on light therapy also know as phototherapy or uvb now so hopfully my skin should stop itching ....i am not to sure if you can go on this treatment if your pregnant but could be woth asking your gp about it
you need to chat with your gp as some antihistamines you can take while your pregnant there are 1st generation and 2nd generation antihistamines, i am not too sure which ones but you should ask your gp or any quallified pharmacist.. take care and good luck with the pregnancy
when your about to scratch, PAUSE just for 10 secs, in that time apply moisturiser (I use Aveeno)..
either that or antihistamines..