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Gallstones And Itchy Skin
Multiple Causes: There are many reasons for kids to get itchy skin. Most common is simply dry skin which can be worsened by cold weather and dehydration. Another cause is contact dermatitis, an allergy to things like poison ivy. If there is a rash and nasal congestion whole body allergies might be suspected. This could be from a reaction to foods and molds. Begin by using a moisturizer regularly. Can help a lot.See 2 more doctor answers
Mild soaps/moisturiz: I'd recommend a mild soap like Dove Sensitive Skin or Cetaphil. A daily moisturizer that is scent free (like Cetaphil or Vanicream). Use dye-free & color-free laundry detergents on your clothes and bedding.
Itchy rash: The most common cause is dty skin. Moisterize after bath or shower when skin is still slightly moist. This will help maintain the moisture in the skin. Less common could be thyroid disease or blood disorder so see your doctor if the condition continues.
Moisturize: Itching usually results from skin trauma with activation of small nerve fibers. If generalized, then dry skin usually to blame. Lower the heat when bathing, use fragrance-free and extract-free soaps that are gentle, and moisturize with non-alcohol containing product frequently. If this does not work, then a health screen may be indicated.
Possibly but...: Although the brain can produce sensations associated with itching without a skin condition, the first step is to evaluate the many skin-related causes. Discuss it with your primary care doc.See 2 more doctor answers
See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms.
Good Question.: "dry skin affects up to half of adults with hiv". That's the problem with the internet and statistics. It does not mean that 1/2 of all people with dry skin have hiv. It means 1/2 of all people with HIV have dry skin. Are you in a high risk group to get hiv. Talk to your doctor. If not. Its dry skin.
Hydrate; Less Soap: Limit your showers to less that five minutes and use a soap free cleanser (cetaphil, olay for sensitive skin). Apply a fragrance-free, oil-free moisturizer at least once per day (eucerin, moisturel). For red, itchy areas, resist the temptation to scratch. If necessary, apply a 1% Hydrocortisone cream twice per day for less than one week.
Various causes: There are various causes of itchy skin without a rash including dry skin, liver problems, kidney disease, medications, thyroid disorders, etc. Obviously if your symptoms are very uncomfortable a checkup is advised. If dry skin is not the problem then Benadryl (diphenhydramine) offers relief but may make you drowsy. Claritin is less effective but doesn't cause drowsiness.
Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes that could cause itching. 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.See 1 more doctor answer
Itching skin: Without rash more than likely from dry skin especially due to weather and using warm/ hot water for washing and baths. Use skin cleansers for baths and apply any moisturizing lotion or cream to affected areas. Take oral histamines if itching really bad. May use otc Hydrocortisone cream or any topical itch cream available if needed. Consult w your physician if you have other signs and symptoms!