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How Much Should I Worry About Abdominal Skin Itching
Hives? Rash? It keeps spreading it starts as a red area then a welt appears and it itches and burns/stings on legs arms lower back and lower abdomen
Hive & rash: you have urticaria or allergic dermatitis, it is best if you see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment, at the mean time try an antihistamine such as Zyrtec or Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) hydrocortisone cream, but you need to find out what you are allergic to. Good luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find the cause: Many conditions cause itching. Since you are specific about the abdomen, i'll focus on those that could cause itching there. Commonly recent weight gain can cause itching due to stretched skin. Nickel allergy can cause itching below the belly button due to contact with the metal snaps in jeans. Pressure from tight clothes can cause itching in people with dermatographism. These few come to mind. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily..: This is quite a common condition in winter time in the northeast regions..Or anywhere that is cold and dry. When the tempt gets cold and the air is dry, your skin dries out and may crack a bit with movement/stretching, commonly around the belly/sides areas. Avoid hot showers/baths, and use skin lotion regularly..If this resolves the itching, then your problem solved! good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need more info.: There are several conditions that come to mind. Itching in the lower abdomen can be caused by nickel contact dermatitis from the snaps of jeans. During pregnancy, could be from stretching of skin, hormone changes, puppp - (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy), liver problems (cholestasis) and any other problems with allergy can also cause abdominal itching. ...Read more
Find the cause first: You can control the itch with daily non-sedating antihistamines tablets. If the regular dose doesn't help. Fexofenadine, Loratadine and Cetirizine have been studied upto twice a day to control severe hives. Using a topical cream with 1% Hydrocortisone may also help. Use cetaphil lotion as a bathing "soap". Do not use any other soaps, creams or lotions. If this doesn't help see your primary doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your tolerance: It depends on the cause of the itch. If it is due to dry skin common in cold weather, using an emollient, skin lotion may take care of it. If there is additional pathology, e, g. Vesicles, discharge, bleeding, you should see your doctor. If it is just itching, you can wait as long as your can tolerate it. ...Read more
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