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A 45-year-old member asked:

does depression make you itch?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 14 years experience
No: No, depression won't make you itch. But those who are depressed often more aware of what they are thinking and feeling, both emotionally and physically. You may more easily perceive itching than before.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Probably not: It is true that depression causes folks to think to the point where they spend so much time doing that they get onto mental mischief. When that happens every thing they experience can be magnified in intensity, especially little things like itching. Doing things and not thinking so much seems a more productive way to go.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: The common factor that causes depression and itching is tryptophan need - if body does not digest protein there is lack of gut serotonin -happy hormone for the brain and people who itch are also deficient in b vitamins -b3 look up pellagra see whether your itching are around these areas. The other cause for itching is thyroid hormones which can create both dry skin and mood change -so could be.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Will my depression have adverse effects on my baby?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: It is possible. Many of the medications used to treat pregnancy have a rare but serious side effect in the baby called primary pulmonary hypertension and increased neonatal jitteriness. If being off your meds means your depression worsens and you are not eating properly that could affect the baby's growth.
Dr. Armand Braun
Psychiatry 39 years experience
There is some evidence (besides those mentioned) that experiencing significant depression during pregnancy may biologically set up hard wiring in the fetus to experience greater depression and anxiety in their lives. Also if the mothers depression continues into the infants first 1 year of life that in itself can have negative hard wiring on the infant- depression and anxiety.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

Will an ice pack relieve my itchiness better than a cold compress?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: The 2 are equivalent. Either one is fine. If it isn't working, Hydrocortisone cream on the itchy area or antihistamine pills (like benadryl) may help.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can a specific type vitamin help with depression?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Certain vitamins: Depression first of all needs a good evaluation by an experienced psychiatrist or psychologist. Sometimes psychotherapy alone can help; sometimes antidepressants are needed also. Low vitamin d levels have some correlation with depression. Some data shows that low B12 and folate can accompany depression too. While replenishing these nutrients may not cure depression by themselves, they may help.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How are hives treated if itchy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Itchy hives: The itching associated with hives is usually responsive to at least some extent to oral antihistamines, but often require higher than standard doses.
A member asked:

What does it mean if you have itchy bumps on the upper inner thighs?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Dermatitis: You probably have some type of dermatitis. You should see your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation.

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