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A 27-year-old female asked:

I have flu like symptoms and am itchy all over my legs. so much so, im bleeding from itching. can this just be really bad allergies?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michelle Chambers
Dermatology 39 years experience
See doctor: Could be viral, could be a drug reaction or could be allergies. You should see a doctor if symptoms don't resolve in a week or so.
Dr. David Menchell
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Itching and a cold: It is not unusual to see itching and rashes, such as hives, in association with viral infections. This is thought to be due to the transient development of circulating immune complexes, an amalgam of antibodies and viral particles which form as the body fights back and clears the infection. These complexes can trigger the release of chemicals, such as histamine, causing itching, not an allergy.

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