I have psoriatic arthritis but not psoriasis. My dad had very itchy scaly skin on his elbows, knees, feet, chest, back. But my case is very different. In the past year I have been experiencing itchy skin after a bath or shower. It gradually increased and now I have nights where I am pacing the floors because I am SO ITCHY! Yet there is no rash or scaly skin. I have scratched my arms until they bleed. It spread to my legs and as I sit typing now my neck, face, shoulders, and small of my back are itchy. I have found information about the type of psoriasis that my dad had - it was very obvious. Mine is invisible but the "pins and needles" kind of itchy is driving me crazy! I have been searching for help but cannot find any answers. One site suggested that the itchiness is caused by inflammation and effects the nerve endings. In desperation I have been taking naproxen every day. I have also removed wheat from my diet as I read that might help as well. Does ANYONE have an answer? I am really desperate. It's so bad that I am afraid to go to social events in case the itching starts. I forgot to mention that putting a cup or so of baking soda in the bath helps temporarily.
What can I do? Could inflammation of the nerve endings really be the cause?