Skin Is Broken From Scratching
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Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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  • Mild itch

  • Skin is broken from scratching

  • Skin itching that worsens at night

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Content updated on Jan 4, 2023

About the symptom

Skin excoriations from scratching refers to breaks in the skin from recurrent picking or scratching of one's skin.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Fever

Possible causes

  • Atopic dermatitis

    Allergic rashes. Risk factors include genetics, other allergic diseases, new skin products, and allergic foods. Childhood eczema cases can resolve by adulthood, but it can also occur in adults.

  • Pruritus

    Pruritus is the sensation of itchy skin. Causes vary greatly from dry skin, infections, skin conditions, allergies, and other internal diseases.

  • Urticaria

    An itchy, allergic rash with red bumps, also known as "hives". The causes are broad, ranging from foods and medications to viral infections and bee stings. In most cases, the rash disappears within 24 hours, however medical attention is needed if there is facial swelling or breathlessness.

  • Asteatotic eczema
  • Autosensitization dermatitis
  • Scabies
  • Palmoplantar pustulosis
  • Crab louse

Related serious diseases

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    Anthrax is a bacterial infection caused by Bacillus anthracis. Infection can occur from inhaling anthrax while working with infected animals or animal products such as wool, hides, or hair, but it does not spread between humans. Anthrax can cause damage to multiple organ systems, inflammation of the brain and spinal cord coverings, leading to massive bleeding and death.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Did you scratch your skin?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Have you been bitten or stung by bugs or animals?

  • Have you recently had contact with substances that trigger allergies?

  • Do you have a fever?

Other Related Symptoms

Similar symptoms or complaints

  • Itchy skin

Reviewed By:

Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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