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   Itching
 
Definition:
An uneasy irritating sensation in the upper surface of the skin usually results from mild stimulation of pain receptors.
 
Medical terms related to itching :
Itching, Itchy, Pruritic, Pruritis
 
Common causes of itching: 
o Insect bites
o Dry Skin
o Food Allergy
o Hives (Raised edematous red patch of skin or mucous membrane)
o Drug Reactions such as to Aspirin
o Pregnancy Planning
o Anal Itching
o Athlete's Foot (Ringworm of the feet,called also tinea pedis)
o Atopic Dermatitis
o Chickenpox (Varicella)
o Cosmetic Allergies
o Eye Allergy
o Heat Rash
o Hemorrhoids
o Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
o Shingles
o Vaginitis
o Yeast Infection
o Parasites (body lice, head lice, pubic lice)
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Hay Fever:
An acute allergic reaction to pollen, usually seasonal ;also called pollinosis.
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Iron deficiency anemia:
Anemia that is caused by a deficiency of iron and marked by hypochromic microcytic red blood cells.
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Ringworm:
Ring-shaped discolored patches on the skin, hair, or nail that are covered with vesicles and scales caused by fungi, e.g. genus Trichophyton.
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Eczema:
Redness, itching, and oozing vesicular lesions on skin which become scaly, crusted, or hardened.

Other Causes of itching:
o Scabies:
Infestation of the skin with the microscopic mite Sarcoptes scabei and marked by Pimple-like irritations, burrows or rash of the skin, especially the webbing between the fingers; the skin folds on the wrist, elbow, or knee; the penis, the breast, or shoulder blades.
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Psoriasis:
A chronic skin disease marked by circumscribed red patches covered with white scales.
o Kidney Failure (Chronic renal failure)
o Leukemia and Lymphoma
o Jaundice
o Tick bite

 

Call your doctor if itching is accompanied by: 
o Starting a new drug
o Fever at night and weight loss
o Extremely itchy skin rushs on webbing between the fingers, chest, penis, and armpits

 
   
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