Itchy Skin

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  • There is itching throughout the body

  • Itch is worse at night compared to the day

  • Persistent, mild itch

  • Itching on the soles of the feet

  • There are scratches on the skin

  • Itch is minor

  • Itching on the back of the hand

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Skin itching is an irritating and uncontrollable sensation that makes a person wants to scratch to relieve the feeling.

Possible causes

  • Pruritus

    Pruritus refers to the sensation of itchy skin. Causes range widely from dry skin, to infections, skin conditions, allergies and other internal diseases. Pruritus can sometimes present with swelling, redness, scaliness or bumps.

  • 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 is there is facial swelling or breathlessness.

  • Atopic dermatitis

    Allergic rashes. Risk factors include genetics, other allergic disease, new skin products, and allergic foods. Cases of childhood eczema can resolve by adulthood, however in some cases it can happen to adults too.

  • Genital rashes
  • Photosensitivity
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Rosacea-like dermatitis
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Heat rash
  • Dyshidrotic Eczema

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Did you scratch your skin?

  • Does your skin get really itchy at night?

  • Do you have any rash on your skin?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

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