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Doctor insights on: Body Itching Scratch Scab Problem

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more


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Body itching no rash or bites?

Body itching no rash or bites?

Itching: Lots of possibilities. Dry heat is one. Side-effect of med,, low B 12, skin disorder are others. Please see your doc to be sure. If low B 12 please choose sublingual tabs rather than capsules so you will absorb better. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Itchy arm skin that turned into a rash after intense scratching. Stopped scratching but rash is now dry, hardened, peeling and spreading over 2 months?

Itchy arm skin that turned into a rash after intense scratching. Stopped scratching but rash is now dry, hardened, peeling and spreading over 2 months?

See a doctor: Many different causes of itching rash including eczema, allergic reaction, contact dermatitis, psoriasis. Best to see your doctor or dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Temporary relief from oral antihistamines such as benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Allegra and topical cortisone creams. ...Read more

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Itchy rash, scabs over and bleeds when itched spreads on legs?

Itchy rash, scabs over and bleeds when itched spreads   on legs?

Rash: It can be from different things, you should see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Jock itch. Itching/burning & redness on scrotum. Also flaking skin, after rubbing flaking area it left shiny areas on that skin. Fungal or bacterial?

Jock itch. Itching/burning & redness on scrotum. Also flaking skin, after rubbing flaking area it left shiny areas on that skin. Fungal or bacterial?

Here are some...: Do you have similar lesions on other parts of body especially over elbows or knees? Clinically, it may be skin fungal infection or psoriasis. For the time being, you may try topical hydrocortisone 1 % with antifungal drug like clotrimazole 1-2 times daily and see. Besides, have a doctor to take a look for confirmation. How to get these done correctly? To http://formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html. ...Read more

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Itchy skin. No rash. Why does scratching cause bruising?

Itchy skin.  No rash.  Why does scratching  cause bruising?

Trauma: To the small blood vessels under the skin causes them to break and bleed resulting in bruising.Also, as one ages, the skin becomes more thin , less elastic and fragile.If you are on Aspirin or other blood thinners, this will aggregate this mechanism. ...Read more

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I am experiencing skin rash (quality: itchiness, blisters, flaking or scaling) . : Skin redness or irritation. Not contagious. Rash 3 weeks Original rash looks like it's healing but skin around it is red and raised with tiny clear fluid blisters ?

I am experiencing  skin rash (quality: itchiness, blisters, flaking or scaling) . : Skin redness or irritation. Not contagious.  
Rash 3 weeks Original rash looks like it's healing but skin around it is red and raised with tiny clear fluid blisters ?

Sound like a burn: Your symptoms are suggestive of a burn, or sunburn, as in a 1st degree burn, where you have redness and blisters but no true deep skin damage. It is typical for a rash to clear and have blisters left over; they are tiny areas of inflammation fluid left over from the active rash process. It sounds like it is resolving. If it persists are recurs, you should probably see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Unbearably itchy upper body & scalp. No scabies, lice, dandruff, or allergies (tested). Rashes on hands/inner elbows/chest. Steroid cream not helping?

Unbearably itchy upper body & scalp. No scabies, lice, dandruff, or allergies (tested). Rashes on hands/inner elbows/chest. Steroid cream not helping?

See Allergist: Given you unbearable itching symptoms and rash refractory to topical steroids I would suggest making an appointment to see an allergist for further workup/evaluation. Eczema, contact dermatitis, urticaria (hives), etc. are all skin condition that you could be suffering from. Getting workup up by a specialist might provide more answers/treatments. ...Read more

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Unexplainable itching all over? My clothes, bedding, hair and body are clean. Tablets help but if stopped, itching returns. Itching creates red area.


Unexplainable itching all over? My clothes, bedding, hair and body are clean. Tablets help but if stopped, itching returns. Itching creates red area.

Dry Skin: Generalized itching without primary skin rash most commonly caused by dry skin. Most severe during the winter months and in older people, characterized by itching in areas of dry, scaly skin. Lab work can check if there is an underlying cause: CBC/diff, liver/renal function tests, and thyroid workup. Treat with daily moisturzation and better skin hygiene. Non-sedating antihistamines for itch. ...Read more

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Itchy dry patches on scalp. oily hair so not a dry scalp problem. Itch when bumped etc. itches until bleeding. no stress. Help?

Itchy dry patches on scalp. oily hair so not a dry scalp problem. Itch when bumped etc. itches until bleeding. no stress. Help?

More info: It is difficult to answer this without more information and examination. Your question is confusing - itchy dry patches on scalp but you don't think it is dry scalp problem.In general itchy scalp can be due to fungal infection, inflammation related disorders, skin diseases just to mention few. Please discuss it in detail with a physician. ...Read more

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Tiny clear bumps..only itch if touched and is worse if scratched open,then tiny scabs and don't itch after that..spreading over body..any ideas?

Tiny clear bumps..only itch if touched and is worse if scratched open,then tiny scabs and don't itch after that..spreading over body..any ideas?

Need eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction concern my arms itch dry flaking skin on my face i get mosquito like bites it comes and goes without mosquito biting? Strange any rs

Allergic reaction concern my arms itch dry flaking skin on my face i get mosquito like bites it comes and goes without mosquito biting? Strange any rs

Many answers: There are many potential answers to your question. However dry skin is often associated with itching with any rash. Avoid using scented or anti-bacterial soap and apply a good moisturizer all over within 3 minutes after bathing. Also try some otc Hydrocortisone cream on the rash for a few days if this doesn't help after a week, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Tiny itchy growth on skin. Itches up like a bug bite only after I scratch it?

Tiny itchy growth on skin.  Itches up like a bug bite only after I scratch it?

Papular urticaria: A localized form of hives that comes up after you scratch it is called papular urticaria, and often it is indeed caused by a bug bite. Try applying over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream instead of scratching it. If it persists, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What causes a skin rash and/or bite to itch?

What causes a skin rash and/or bite to itch?

Inflammation: The body reacts the injury and causes white blood cells to counteract the injury to repair the area. As part of the process small nerve fibers are irritated resulting in a sensation of itching. ...Read more

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Wedding ring rash back after cleared & rings cleaned. Not itchy. Starts with what looks like insect bite & sporadic rash around area. Fungus? Allergy?

Wedding ring rash back after cleared & rings cleaned. Not itchy. Starts with what looks like insect bite & sporadic rash around area. Fungus? Allergy?

Possible allergy: It sounds like you have wedding ring dermatitis as you are possibly allergic to a metal component of your wedding ring. The other cause is soap that gets stuck under the ring band. If the rash is isolated to the area where the ring touches your skin then it is most likely an allergic reaction. If you have similar looking rashes other areas, possibly other causes and would need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Rash on hand irritated dry burns cracks an bleeds what is it ?

Rash on hand irritated dry burns cracks an bleeds   what is it ?

See physician: Suggestive of dishydrotic eczema, but needs to be visually evaluated. I suggest dermatologist. ...Read more

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Painful skin rash ears neck face back chest &arms.Open wound rash constant draining. Itch burns test rule out staph doctors don't know what it is help?

Painful skin rash ears neck face back chest &arms.Open wound rash constant draining. Itch burns test rule out staph doctors don't know what it is help?

Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause a skin rash. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, sun exposure, insect bites, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I've had itching down there and if i scratch it gets swollen and sore and now I have a scab on the outer lips and it hurts and itches. What is wrong?

I've had itching down there and if i scratch it gets swollen and sore and now I have a scab on the outer lips and it hurts and itches. What is wrong?

Itching: You may have a yeast infection or eczema. Both conditions can cause itching and redness in your private area but they're treated differently. For a yeast infection, you can use Lamisil (terbinafine) cream twice a day for a week. For eczema, you should use Cortaid twice a day for 1-2 weeks. If there is no improvement, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a rash on one buttock for about 3mo. It itches but not always. Inflammation & small pimples bleed when scabs are scratched. What could it be?

I have a rash on one buttock for about 3mo. It itches but not always. Inflammation & small pimples bleed when scabs are scratched. What could it be?

Rash on buttock: You may have something called folliculitis although I do not understand why it is only on one side. This tends to occur when you sweat a lot possibly during exercising. Your general doctor or a dermatologist would be able to help you with the diagnosis and the treatment. ...Read more

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My entire body is itching and when I scratch a scab forms then I scratch the scab off and it gets bigger, is there a bigger problem here?

My entire body is itching and when I scratch a scab forms then I scratch the scab off and it gets bigger, is there a bigger problem here?

Itching: Oh absolutely! the problem here is the itching, not scabs. You need to see a dermatologist and determine why the itching is occurring. There are many causes of itching, some of them quite serious, and i would advise you do not tary in seeing the dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a scab on my head, it's been there for years, doesn't bleed and occasionally itches what might it be?

I have a scab on my head, it's been there for years, doesn't bleed and occasionally itches what might it be?

Irritated lesion: It can be many things. Do you pick at it? It could be an inflammed mole, wart, folliculitis (infected hair follicle) to name a few. Has it grown? If you are not picking at it and it does not heal, have your doctor check it. ...Read more

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My scalp itches all the time and I have scabs on my scalp what could this be?

Dandruff: There is benign condition of skin sloughing off from the scalp and make you uncomfortable . The most important thing to make sure is that it is not fungal infection in which case , you require specific antifungal medication . For simple skin flecking , using anti- dandruff shampoo is something to start with . Good luck. ...Read more

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Top part of back itches for over 2 weeks and fills bumpy and it feels the same as a scab?

Top part of back itches for over 2 weeks and fills bumpy and it feels the same as a scab?

Dry skin: Presumably u may be having long showers and the water falling on ur back may have removed a lot of fat from the skin -making it dry, itchy and rough. If so try to lessen the baths and esp try to avoid hot water baths. Use luke warm water instead and quick baths. A moisturizing cream may also help. If not better or if I surmised incorrectly see a dermatologist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a scab about the size of a dime on my leg that itches and won't heal ?

I have a scab about the size of a dime on my leg that itches and won't heal ?

Rule out skin cancer: Itching suggests the body's effort to heal a wound as the nerves try to regenerate. But the fact that a scab persists and the wound will not heal suggests that there may be atypical cells. These cells could be skin cancers, either basal cell or squamous cell. In addition, if there is a history of a pigmented lesion, this could be a melanoma. You need to see a physician who will perform a biopsy. ...Read more

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I have sore on neck been there bout 2yrs. It itches and scabs up then falls off looks like it is getting alittle bigger.?

I have sore on neck been there bout 2yrs. It itches and scabs up then falls off looks like it is getting alittle bigger.?

Not healing: If a lesion is not healing and is increasing in size, your best bet is to be evaluated by your dermatolgist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have a rash or something in the back of my head what could it be?& there is a lum and it itches all the time.I think scabs or something comes off.

See dermatologist: It could be psoriasis or a scalp infection. A facility in bronx ny that takes most insurance plans is medallaince on east fordham road near botanic gardens. You may need oral or topical medicine. ...Read more

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I have a small circular red bump with a little scab on my arm that itches I was wondering what it could possibly be and what should I do?

I have a small circular red bump with a little scab on my arm that itches I was wondering what it could possibly be and what should I do?

See doctor: This could possible be skin cancer or another abnormal growth. A non healing lesion with a scab needs to be evaluated and probably biopsied. A dermatologist will diagnose and treat this. ...Read more

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I have a thin layer of skin that is on both of my nipples I can peal off like I could a scab, and my left nipple itches quite often, normal?

I have a thin layer of skin that is on both of my nipples I can peal off like I could a scab,  and my left nipple itches quite often,  normal?

Nipple eczema : Please see your MD for a full history and exam. It sounds like you have nipple eczema but a full exam should be done to rule out Paget's disease and Bowens disease. Several other differential diagnoses including contact dermatitis, breast ca. Stay calm and see your primary care physician please. ...Read more