A member asked:

Been itching all over my body,armpits included..is it hiv infection? cancer? this has been going on for about 2 weeks to a month.i am 24

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Richard Zimon answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Sometimes: "total body itching" is associated with early viral infections involving the liver ("Obstructive phase") Generalized SCABIES (Body lice) may also be a possibility. Some simple BLOOD TESTS and a Physical Exam will assist in determining if this is the case In any case you need to have this evaluated and a visit to your Primary Care Provider is indicated. Hope this helps! Dr Z

Answered 9/18/2016


Dr. Brian Greenberg answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Not likely dangerous: Acute pruritus (itching < 6 wks) is common and multi-factorial. Most common allergy (food, drug, contact) and infectious (viral, scabies). HIV & cancer possible but very unlikely. Is there a rash, fever, joint pain? Try long lasting antihistamine daily & diphenhydramine nightly for a week or two. If not resolved see a physician.

Answered 9/19/2016



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