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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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  • There is itching throughout the body

  • Itch is worse at night compared to the day

  • Itching on the soles of the feet

  • There are scratches on the skin

  • Itching on the back of the hand

  • I have itching on my forehead

  • Scratched skin

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About the symptom

Skin itching is an irritating and uncontrollable sensation that makes a person wants to scratch to relieve the feeling. Most itching is not serious. To feel better, you could try: Applying cold compresses Using moisturizing creams Taking lukewarm or oatmeal baths Using over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or antihistamines Avoiding wearing irritating fabrics, and exposure to high heat and humidity

Possible causes

  • Scabies

    A highly contagious disease caused by Scabies mites. It can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact or contact with the clothes or furniture of infected individuals.

  • 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.

  • Dyshidrotic Eczema
  • lichen nitidus . lichen striatus
  • Crab louse
  • Lip licker's dermatitis
  • Erythroderma
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Autosensitization dermatitis

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Is your skin itchy?

  • Did you scratch your skin?

  • Does your skin itch at night?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

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

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References

  • Tivoli YA, Rubenstein RM. Pruritus: an updated look at an old problem. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2009 Jul;2(7):30-6. PMID: 20729968; PMCID: PMC2924137.

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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