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Doctor insights on: Can Stress Cause Your Skin To Itch And If Scratch Become A Sore

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What is wrong when the crown of your head is sore and itches?

What is wrong when the crown of your head is sore and itches?

Have it looked at.: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My top of my head itches a lot and is sore and my hair looks like it's thinning what could this be?

My top of my head itches a lot and is sore and my hair looks like it's thinning what could this be?

Itchy scalp: Possibilities include thyroid, fungal infection of scalp, some type of dermatitis of scalp. Sound like a good idea to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a small red sore on the surrounding skin by my mouth on my face. It itches a lot.

I have a small red sore on the surrounding skin by my mouth on my face. It itches a lot.

Many causes: There are many possible causes of a red itchy sore on the face - allergy to makeup, tinea (fungal infection), a bacterial infection, and cheilitis are some possibilities. If this continues, see your doctor! ...Read more

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I have some red itches of skin on my eyelids that appeared about a month ago. They are sore, looked dry and occasionally peel. Haven't changed soaps.?

I have some red itches of skin on my eyelids that appeared about a month ago. They are sore, looked dry and occasionally peel. Haven't changed soaps.?

Blepharitis: This is an inflammation of the eyelids. If it has been present for a month, you will need to see an eye doctor. The soreness is suggestive of an infection vs itching an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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I have a very sore muscle on my right side/lower back. The skin on that side and the right side of my belly itches terribly and the skin feels like it?

I have a very sore muscle on my right side/lower back. The skin on that side and the right side of my belly itches terribly and the skin feels like it?

Possible Shingles: You are describing symptoms of neuralgia that could be caused by an irritated nerve such as can happen with Shingles or Injury or other disease process. You need to be evaluated to determine cause. ...Read more

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I have a lump under the skin that is right under my right nipple. It burns and itches and is also sore to the touch! Cancer does run in my family.

I have a lump under the skin that is right under my right nipple. It burns and itches and is also sore to the touch! Cancer does run in my family.

See a doctor: Breast lumps cannot be diagnosed over the internet. See your doctor or health care provider for a physical exam. You may need an ultrasound or even mammogram depending on what the provider is concerned about after the exam. ...Read more

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I have a inner boil on my back thigh with no head. Everytime I touch it or when I wash and I run a rag across it, it hurts and itches at the same time. It also feels like a tender hole behind my skin. What should I do?

I have a inner boil on my back thigh with no head. Everytime I touch it or when I wash and I run a rag across it, it hurts and itches at the same time. It also feels like a tender hole behind my skin. What should I do?

Boil/ sebaceous cyst: This sounds like, you may have either a deep sebaceous cyst or an ingrown hair. Apply moist heat to the affected area, if it does not come to her head within a few days I highly suggest you see a surgeon for further evaluation and treatment. You may need to have this area opened and and explored. Take Care.
It could also be just a fatty tumor, except for the pain. ...Read more

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Good day Doctor, I am 32 year old lady I am suffering from itching especially on my legs in the evening, I scratch until it's even sore but there is no rash whatsoever. I am not sure if its stress related or anxiety? Please help

Good day Doctor, I am 32 year old lady I am suffering from itching especially on my legs in the evening, I scratch until it's even sore but there is no rash whatsoever. I am not sure if its stress related or anxiety? Please help

ANTI HISTAMINE: Good day. Both stress and anxiety can put a strain on your immune system resulting in the release of anti histamines. This in turn can cause an itch or aggravate an existing skin condition viz. Psoriasis, dermatitis etc Speak to you health care practitioner to prescribe an anxiolytic for the evenings and monitor improvement in your condition ...Read more

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Small lump under skin not visible on my back next to my left shoulder blade. It causes a burning, itching sensation and pain in that area and is sore.

Small lump under skin not visible on my back next to my left shoulder blade. It causes a burning, itching sensation and pain in that area and is sore.

Could be???: It could be a lipoma or a cyst. It is hard to tell without an exam. I recommend seeing your doctor to have evaluated. ...Read more

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I have lichen planus all over skin, itching so intense. I scratch so bad I have scabs prescription creams are no help. Is petroleum jelly good for sore?

I have lichen planus all over skin, itching so intense. I scratch so bad I have scabs prescription creams are no help. Is petroleum jelly good for sore?

Oral meds: Oral medication may be needed, namely Prednisone and antihistamines. Also, underlying exacerbators must be ruled out including liver problems and current medications. See you dermatologist or get another opinion from another derm. Vaseline can't hurt and may help a little but ultimately you may need oral meds with/without stronger topicals. Good luck! ...Read more

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Body and skin sore to touch/achy after a month of high stress and anxiety. Can a relief of anxiety cause body tenderness?

Body and skin sore to touch/achy after a month of high stress and anxiety. Can a relief of anxiety cause body tenderness?

The opposite is true: If I'm understanding your question correctly you want to know if RELIEF from anxiety can result in body soreness/tenderness. Actually, it would be more likely to be the opposite. Anxiety of a constant or prolonged nature heightens sensitivity of the NOCICEPTIVE receptors in the skin and muscles (pain receptors) and tend to increase painful sensations. Relaxation should reduce pain sensitivity. ...Read more

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Why does my skin itch? My skin constantly itches and then when I scratch I break out in whelps this happens daily and at all different times of the day I take depression and anxiety meds and wondered if that could be the cause or if it could be more serio

Why does my skin itch? My skin constantly itches and then when I scratch I break out in whelps this happens daily and at all different times of the day I take depression and anxiety meds and wondered if that could be the cause or if it could be more serio

Could be side effect: Ask your doctor about the rash, for which there could be many causes. You may want to also see a dermatologist. You may have something called idiopathic urticaria. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does stress cause vagina discharge and itche? I experience this a lot but the discharge and itches comes on and off.

Does stress cause vagina discharge and itche? I experience this a lot but the discharge and itches comes on and off.

Infection: No, stress does not generally cause the vagina to itch. Infections (including yeast) can cause the vagina to itch, and "stress" via increased cortisol secretion could affect your immune system so that infections show up more. Please see your physician or a gynecologist about vaginal itching and discharge. ...Read more

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Occasional soreness and itching of isolated skin area for 4 months, clothing seems to make it worse. The skin appearance is normal. What is this?

Occasional soreness and itching of isolated skin area for 4 months, clothing seems to make it worse. The skin appearance is normal. What is this?

Paresthesias: The problem could be a paresthesia. A paresthesia is a sensitive area for which a good explanation cannot be found. Sometimes these can be helped most of the time people learn to ignore them. ...Read more

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I have genital itching, raw skin, sore, wart-like lump, lump in the groin? What could this be?

I have genital itching, raw skin, sore, wart-like lump, lump in the groin? What could this be?

Groin lump: This could be associated with various problems. If it itches, burns and hurts it could be a herpes lesion. It could be a genital wart but this is not usually painful. Very commonly also and not related to sexual transmission is an inflamed boil which could be painful and swollen. In any case, it would be good to see you gyn provider so they can take a look at it and make a definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dear Docs, I have a severe dandruff. My hair is always full white flakes and it itches terribly which when scratched leads to sore. I need your help?

Well: First of all the scalp needs to re moisture itself. So wash hair every 3 days. Try t gel shampoo. Usually good results ...Read more

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I have really sore breasts and the skin surrounding my nipple has red lines and marks, I also have experienced itching nipples, is this normal?

I have really sore breasts and the skin surrounding my nipple has red lines and marks, I also have experienced itching nipples, is this normal?

Breast soreness: The symptoms you are describing really warrant a visit to your doctor for an examination. The redlines make be striae (stretch marks) but can also sometimes signal infection. Please see your doctor. ...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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Hi, I have plaque psiorsis on my face, arms, back, scalp and behind the ears. Scalp itches so bad and my hair is falling out and breaking, causes scalp to be super sore?

Hi, I have plaque psiorsis on my face, arms, back, scalp and behind the ears. Scalp itches so bad and my hair is falling out and breaking, causes scalp to be super sore?

Dermatologist: Scalp involvement by psoriasis can be very troublesome and difficult to treat. Your psoriasis is severe enough to warrant evaluation and treatment by a dermatologist. New treatment modalities for severe cases are available. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

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