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I have severe itching of the skin, my back, my upper right

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I have severe itching of the skin, my back, my upper right arm and my ankles. My ankles have been swollen for some months and my doctor has prescribed Furosemide. I will contact my doctor ASAP but that won’t be until next Tuesday. Is there any thing I can do to alleviate the itching in the meantime. As it has become very uncomfortable. I have Parkinson’s, I’m 79 and I’m otherwise in very good health. My doctor organised a full set of blood tests 2 weeks ago that came back excellent for all organs. Thank you. Jim Quinn
JA: How long have you been using Furosemide? Has it helped at all?
Customer: 3 weeks, the swelling is slowly reducing
JA: Got it. Have you used anything besides Furosemide for this?
Customer: no
JA: Thank you so much for your time. Finally, is there anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: a list of medications perhaps?
Submitted: 6 days ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 6 days ago.

Hi there,
I am an experienced Medical Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

This can be due to the dry skin related itching --also from fluid retention.

You can apply a strong moisturizer like Petrolatum jelly daily along with Hydrocortisone ointment to control itching.

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
Thank you. I have some hydrocortisone I will put some on.
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 6 days ago.