I have been having severe itching of the hands and feet for the last 3 weeks.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have been having severe itching of the hands and feet for the last 3 weeks. There is no rash or redness associated. Recent lab tests ordered by my family physician all came back normal. No changes in the products I use. I am at my wit's end trying to figure out the cause. Please help!” — Jennifer R., Chicago, IL
A. Dear Jennifer, What a miserable experience. I am so sorry you are having this problem and have not been able to find relief.
The first thing that comes to mind when I hear about these kinds of skin issues is iodine. Most people think they get plenty of iodine because of iodized salt. That is not the case. People may be getting enough iodine to prevent the iodine deficiency disease goiter, but they are not getting anywhere near the amount they need for excellent health. Also, compounds like fluoride, chlorine, bromides and bromines all compete with iodine in the body, so as our exposure increases to these toxic chemicals (two are even in most people’s tap water—chlorine and fluoride) our need for iodine increases to displace them from our body.
I recommend using a blend of 3 kinds of iodine: potassium iodide, molecular iodine, and sodium iodide. I like combining 3 forms because they are utilized more diversely in the body. Start with a 12.5 mg dose. Take 1 capsule twice daily.
I would also recommend adding Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) seed and pulp oil to your daily regimen. Sea buckthorn oil has been clinically shown to improve the hydration capabilities of the skin and mucous membranes, helping to alleviate dryness and facilitate skin healing. The fruit of the sea buckthorn, a hardy plant native to Europe and Asia, has been called a “nutrient bomb” because it is so rich in flavonoids, vitamins, and other beneficial compounds. In addition, the pulp contains exceptionally high omega fatty acids, including the rare omega-7 fatty acid (palmitoleic acid). I recommend taking 500-1,000 mg of sea buckthorn oil daily.
When looking for a sea buckthorn product, make sure it contains BOTH the seed oil and pulp. While both extracts are healthy, only the pulp contains omega-7. Believe it or not, there are sea buckthorn products on the market that contain absolutely no omega-7 fatty acids! So this is definitely a case of buyer beware.
You may also want to consider adding calcium lactate to your daily routine. While more well-known for its ability to protect bones, calcium also protects soft tissue from conditions such as rashes, sun burn, fever blisters, cold sores and cold and flu. Making sure your body gets optimal amounts of calcium will help protect the soft tissue from being damaged. I recommend taking 2 capsules of calcium lactate blended with magnesium and zinc three times daily.
You also want to avoid bathing or showering in very hot water, as it can be drying to the skin and can increase itching. You should also avoid hot tubs and swimming pools, unless they do not use chlorine. The chlorine in swimming pools and in hot tubs can irritate your skin. Do not wear tight clothing, and make sure your bedroom is cool and well-ventilated while you sleep to avoid excessive perspiration. Drink lots of pure water—at least 8 glasses a day—and get 3 tablespoons of olive oil and/or coconut oil into your diet every day. These healthy oils can dramatically improve skin health and resilience.
I hope these suggestions give you some relief!
Terry . . . Naturally