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My skin itches so much lately I can make myself bleed. My family has a history of thyroid disease. I haven't been tested though. Should I be worried?

My skin itches so much lately I can make myself bleed. My family has a history of thyroid disease. I haven't been tested though. Should I be worried?

No but: Get labs ; tsh[thyoid stimulating hormone], cbc, cmp, hepatitis panel. Try diphenhydramine[benadryl] 25-50 mg 2-3x/day, might make you sleepy or lesssedating one in daytime like claritin, zyrtec, allegra. skin creams or petroleum jelly for dry skin and hydrocortisone cream 10% for itchy arease up to 2 weeks/month. See allergist if persist, be sure not allergic to something ...Read more

Dr. Terri Washington
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Thyroid Diseases (Definition)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated ...Read more


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I have severe itching in specific areas; left calf, lower back neck, left thigh & above left armpit. Negative bloodwork and inconclusive biopsies help?

I have severe itching in specific areas; left calf, lower back neck, left thigh & above left armpit. Negative bloodwork and inconclusive biopsies help?

Itching: If you have not seen a Dermatologist about this you must do so as soon as possible.
If you have seen the Dermatologist but are not comfortable, ask your family or friends to find a different Dermatologist for you.
Please let me know what develops. I am confident that this will be taken care of by a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Severe itching/rash head/neck/chest after handling cat I have had 5 years. Sudden cat allergy? Is it his saliva? He licks my hair too. What to take?

Severe itching/rash head/neck/chest after handling cat I have had 5 years. Sudden cat allergy? Is it his saliva? He licks my hair too. What to take?

Antihistamine: Rash can be treated with an antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and topical hydrocortisone cream, but may require prednisone RX if needed. If no cat allergy after five years, most likely something the cat picked up causing allergic reaction. Cats don't like to be washed but this one should. ...Read more

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My brother has suffered from very severe itching all over his body for about 8 years now. He itches right after bathing or when he sweats.?

My brother has suffered from very severe itching all over his body for about 8 years now. He itches right after bathing or when he sweats.?

Cholinergic?: If he has itchy bumps also, then it is called cholinergic urticaria which flares up after the body gets heated up then cools off. This can often be prevented by taking an antihistamine such as zyrtec (cetirizine). It may go away by itself with time but is not a serious health issue. ...Read more

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Daughter diagnosed with Celiac Disease 8 weeks ago. Now has severe itching on lower legs only at night time. Low white blood count and high Globulin Serum levels. Severe weight loss, and bruising What could cause this? Itching Issues

Daughter diagnosed with Celiac Disease 8 weeks ago. Now has severe itching on lower legs only at night time. Low white blood count and high Globulin Serum levels. Severe weight loss, and bruising What could cause this? Itching Issues

There is a very: Characteristic skin rash that accompanies celiac disease: dermatitis herpetiformis. Typically this is a skin manifestation of non-celiac wheat sensitivity. Extremely itchy bumps or blisters appear, especially on the forearms. The lab abnormalities you describe are not typical for celiac; in fact serum globulins may be low. I suspect more than one diagnosis; continue working closely with her Doctor ...Read more

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Does severe itching link to celiac disease?

On rare occasions: Dr. Westfield is correct. The condition is called dermatitis herpetiformis, an intensely itchy sometimes blistering rash associated with gluten enteropathy. ...Read more

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Can biotin cause severe itching?

Can biotin cause severe itching?

Yes it possible: It has been reported as an uncommon side effect of people taking biotin. It has been reported in people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, rhematoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis. ...Read more

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What would cause severe itching on big toes?

What would cause severe itching on big toes?

Fungus or allergy: Common causes for itchiness in the toe could be from fungus or an allergic reaction (from a bite or from material). Have it checked to be certain and get correct treatment. ...Read more

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I have keratosis palarious. This causes severe itching like lymphoma would right?

I have keratosis palarious. This causes severe itching like lymphoma would right?

Hyperkeratosis pilar: This is an hereditary condition of the skin with extremely dry skin, obstruction of hair follicles, overgrowth of the follicles and often redness. The skin feels prickly with small (1 mm) red bumps around the follicles. The basic treatment is lots of moisturizer. This rash occurs all over the body but mainly on the extremities. Lymphoma is associated with itch mostly, and the rash is different. ...Read more

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Could a severe itching problem be caused by my medication for heart problems?

Could a severe itching problem be caused by my medication for heart problems?

Yes...see your MD: Almost any medication could cause itching. You may be having an adverse reaction. Please see your physician. ...Read more

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Got stung a week ago. Now itching and a rash. Not raised. Spreading. Slightest touch. Severe itching. Cause for concern?

Got stung a week ago. Now itching and a rash. Not raised. Spreading. Slightest touch. Severe itching. Cause for concern?

Itch: Do you know what stung you? You certainly want to avoid that creature in the future. It sounds like you are having and allergic reaction - there should not be any immediate concerns if you are not having difficulty breathing and not significant swelling. You can take an antihistamine for relief and watch for spreading redness - this could be a sign of infection. Consider allergy testing. ...Read more

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Have boils in hair, causes severe itching. It getting automatically cured and coming again. What might be the reason and remedies to cure this.

Have boils in hair, causes severe itching. It getting automatically cured and coming again. What might be the reason and remedies to cure this.

Furunculosis: The boils in your scalp represent an inflammation of hair follicles. The treatment consists of appropriate shampoos/topicals and oral antibiotics. This condition can be challenging and requires the expertise of a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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My husband is stage 4 CKD he has severe itching to the point he has sores and causes them to bleed. He takes 50mg benedryl not helping. Any advice?

My husband is stage 4 CKD he has severe itching to the point he has sores and causes them to bleed. He takes 50mg benedryl not helping. Any advice?

Pruritis: Is he on dialysis? This should eliminate the excessive of urea that is secreting through the skin and causing itching. Not sure how to deal with that otherwise. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is working on the brain but not on the real cause. ...Read more

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What anemia causes severe itching?

ANEMIA ITCHING: The most common cause of itching in anemia, is iron-deficiency anemia. ...Read more

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What causes severe itching on the wrists and feet?

Itching wrists feet: Nothing in particular. Consider things you are touching or coming in contact with. If no answers present themselves, them it's off to the dermatologist you go. ...Read more

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I have developed a small wound on me penis as a result of severe itching. Please recommend any medicine? Please also advise on possible causes of it?

I have developed a small wound on me penis as a result of severe itching. Please recommend any medicine? Please also advise on possible causes of it?

Here are some...: Severely scratching the itchy area may induce skin injury and subsequent tissue inflammation. Without a direct look, it's hard to offer the intended right Dx. Clinically, eczema, psoriasis, or foreskin-related disorders need to be considered. For temporary care, apply topical cream with antibiotics, anti-fungal, with steroid - hydrocortisone sill help ease the discomfort. If not improved, seek doc ...Read more

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Does arthritis cause severe itching within the joint?

Does arthritis cause severe itching within the joint?

Arthritis: On the skin, yes, sometimes. In the joint, no, but there is inflammation that can cause stiffness, soreness, and pain. ...Read more

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Can rejection of an organ cause severe itching, my husband had his liver transplanted?

Can rejection of an organ cause severe itching, my husband had his liver transplanted?

Yes: Rejection itself does not cause itching. If the bilirubin is up during an episode of rejection it can irritate the skin and cause itching. ...Read more

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What could cause severe burning inside my body that turns to severe itching all over my body without any visible rash on my body....?

Burning & Itching: You MAY have a food sensitivity or sensitivity/allergy to something else. Please see your doc for testing. Common allergens are soap, laundry detergent, cosmetics, pets, etc. Your doc will help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are the causes of severe itching and rashes in tuberculosis treatment?

What are the causes of severe itching and rashes in tuberculosis treatment?

Drug allergy: Itching and rash may be a sign of an allergic reaction to one of the drugs being used to treat tuberculosis. You should talk to your doctor about these signs and symptoms, the drugs may need to be changed. ...Read more

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When winter comes severe itching starts on whole of my body. Cetrezine has very mild effect or no effect. What is the cause and how could I get rid of?

When winter comes severe itching starts on whole of my body. Cetrezine has very mild effect or no effect. What is the cause and how could I get rid of?

Winter itch: Your problem is actually known as winter itch and is related to low humidity and older age. Treatment is to avoid removing oils from skin by taking fewer baths, using soap only in important areas, avoiding skin irritants (solvents, soaps, scratchy clothing, hot water, scrub brush, or harsh toweling) and by application of a hypoallergenic lotion after bathing. ...Read more

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What could cause severe itching on the sole of the foot and underarms? No visible rash

What could cause severe itching on the sole of the foot and underarms? No visible rash

May be nerve...: Without a visible rash and/or break in the skin, the sensation of "itching" is nerve related. Keep track of what may be related to its onset - such as 1) did you eat something that triggered it?, 2) did you wear something that irritated the area?, 3) did you move a certain way that may have aggravated it? DISCUSS with your PCP too - sometimes may be related disease - like diabetes, thyroid, etc. ...Read more

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I have 15 years old scar over left medial malleolus now suddendly I got severe itching with redness over one side edeges of scar....probable cause?

I have 15 years old scar over left medial malleolus now suddendly I got severe itching with redness over one side edeges of scar....probable cause?

Scar itch: Not enough information to help, you as this would depend on how long you have had these symptoms and how large the area so best to have a health care worker examine it or perhaps more info may help. ...Read more

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Does the varicella vaccine cause severe itching?

Does the varicella vaccine cause severe itching?

It May: I have seen this occaionally at the site of of the injection, as long as several weeks later. Mild antiitching cream may help. ...Read more

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What causes severe itching on your scrottum?

What causes severe itching on your scrottum?

Itchy Scrotum: Improving hygiene is one of the best ways to treat an itchy scrotum. Shower daily and use a mild soap to wash the genital area. Sometimes the itchiness is caused by perfumes or dyes, so use white, fragrance-free soap. Wear looser underwear and pants to allow ample oxygen to the area. Use a mild lotion for dry skin. A mild prescription cortisone is also helpful suc as prescription Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) lotion. ...Read more

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...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