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A 16-year-old male asked:

Sometimes my skin (back, shoulders, chest) feels like it is being pricked with needles and then itches really bad. should i see a doctor?

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Dr. Jeffrey Levine
Family Medicine 31 years experience
If bother you enough: It is not possible to diagnose your condition without more information and examining you. However it does not sound life-threatening or serious. It is possible you are suffering from recurrent Urticaria/Hives from some allergen or temperature change. You can try taking zyrtec (cetirizine) every day and wearing 100% cotton clothing to see if symptoms improve. If still bothersome or worsens, see a clinician.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Itching: Do you have a rash? If so probably seeing a provider would help. Is you skin dry? You want to try some moisturizing cream and see if that alleviates the itching. Medicines and medical problems can cause itching. For example people with liver problems can itch.

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