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Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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On my thumb around my fingernail it hurts and in the palm of my hand it itches sometimes even burn what can it be doc?

On my thumb around my fingernail it hurts and in the palm of my hand it itches sometimes even burn what can it be doc?

Thumb pain: If there is associated redness around the thumb nail an infection called paranychia appears likely. Treat with warm soaks but if redness worsens some pus may have to be drained by a surgeon. The itchy or burning sensation in the palm is probably unrelated and if there is no associated rash, irritable superficial nerve endings, possibly from some activities, may be the cause. ...Read more

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I cut my hand with my finger nails and now it itches and it is slightly risen and red. I rubbed it with alcohol and put antibiotic. What is it.

I cut my hand with my finger nails and now it itches and it is slightly risen and red. I rubbed it with alcohol and put antibiotic. What is it.

Inflamed or infected: This could be a simple urticarial response where nobodies white cells are producing histamines causing the itch… It could also represent early or superficial infection…if it becomes painful or produces pus you may need a stronger antibiotic by mouth ...Read more

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The side of pantie line itches what is it?

The side of pantie line itches what is it?

Itch: Pressure and warm sites tend to be susceptible areas for rash. Any rash can be itchy, although hives tend to be red, raised and mosquito-bite like rashes that are very itchy. Topical anti-itch cream is a start. If it doesn't resolve or spreads, see a doctor for a true diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a place. On my back that allways itches?

I have a place. On my back that allways itches?

Itchy Back: Too bad I cannot see exactly where this itchy spot is on your back. If it's near the shoulder blade, on one side, there is a condition called brachioradial pruritus. It is thought that this condition may be a result of a long-ago injury to some of the vertebrae in your spine. Your general physician would be in better shape to see exactly where this "place" is. ...Read more

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Why does my head itches?

Itching of scalp: It is possible you have very dry scalp or dandruff- have your family doctor examine you, . ...Read more

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My vaginal area itches why?

My vaginal area itches why?

Yeast infection: You most likely have a common problem known as a yeast infection. Anti-fungal medications are readily available. ...Read more

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Can one use pain relief medicine for itches?

Can one use pain relief medicine for itches?

Itches: Not usually. Using pain medications for an itch may blunt the itch feeling but you will still itch. You have to find out why you have the itch. Topical creams may help. ...Read more

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My skin itches all the time what could it be?

My skin itches all the time what could it be?

Dry skin?: Common cause of all over itching is dry skin, but many other possibilities. Could you be more specific? ...Read more

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Head itches before I shower. What could this be?

Head itches before I shower. What could this be?

Multiple causes: Dry hair, scalp, dandruff, seborrhea of the scalp, folliculitis, reaction to soaps, shampoo or condition. Please seek a medical exam. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my head itches like crazy?

Several possibilitie: Itches like crazy sounds pretty darn serious. You might have someone check for hair lice or other offending agents. Less intense itching might be related to your shampoo, hair products, including reaction to dyes, etc. Less intense itching could also be related to a fungus infection of the scalp, which would need some anti-fungal treatments. ...Read more

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After I take a shower, my body skin itches so much?

After I take a shower, my body skin itches so much?

Most likely...: ...You are allergic to the soap you are using, or you are showering too frequently and washing the protective oils off your skin. Try showering less, with a different (and mild) soap. If that doesn't work see your doctor, because it could be something unusual -- for example, the classic presentation of a rare disease called polycythemia vera is itching after bathing. ...Read more

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My skin itches when been in sun and feels lumpy why?

Polymorphic light: Eruption, which is condition that occurs in reaction to sunlight on the skin, a rash happens and it's itchy, it's not dangerous though, you need to protect your skin by wearing sun-screen, long sleeves and hat, avoid direct sun exposure, Hydrocortisone cream OTC can help with the itching, see a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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My skin itches and I don't know what to do! Can you help?

Yes: There are 2 ways to relieve itching-external topical treatment and internal medications. Applying cold compresses or taking cool shower will give some immediate temporary relief. Anti-itch creams such as benadryl, (diphenhydramine) calamine, lanacaine and hdrocortisone will give more long lasting relief. Oral antihistamines will provide the most effective relief. If needed topical treatments can be use while taking oral agent. ...Read more

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What can I use for a spot on my back that constantly itches?

What can I use for a spot on my back that constantly itches?

Back itch: You have a condition known as notalgia parasthetica. It usually involves the back under the scapula. The cause is not known but is thought to be caused by irritation of the nerve endings. Of late, Botox has been proposed for treatment. ...Read more

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When your skin itches, does that mean my skin cells are dry?

When your skin itches, does that mean my skin cells are dry?

Yes, it can.: Dry skin definitely itches, especially when it stretches a little, like when you bend over or reach for something. Try a daily moisturizer to help with this. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my whole body itches, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my whole body itches, what do you suggest?

Suggest: A complete evaluation by your Primary Care Provider. There are a number of reasons for systemic (total body) itching! These include but are not limited to liver and kidney problems. Simple blood tests will answer a lot of questions.
Hope this is helpful!

Dr Z ...Read more

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I'm worried because my head itches a lot, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my head itches a lot, what do you suggest?

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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What can I do if my whole body itches like crazy, can someone help?

What can I do if my whole body itches like crazy, can someone help?

Hives? Other?: You could have been exposed to something that's causing hives -- or you could have urticaria (itching & rash) for other reasons like hyperbilrubinemia too. For your best help, please see your doctor so s/he can examine your skin and treat you effectively. Be well. ...Read more

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Hot to the touch. Hurts on the tip. Red. Somewhat swallon & itches?

Hot to the touch. Hurts on the tip. Red. Somewhat swallon & itches?

Medical Evaluation: Whatever part of the body you are describing, it appears to be infected. Seek medical care immediately and get treated ...Read more

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My skin itches and swells up after I apply ice to it... Is that normal?

My skin itches and swells up after I apply ice to it... Is that normal?

Cold urticaria: Most likely related to the ice causing release of histamines from the cell. Not an allergic reaction, however I would advice against sudden exposure to cold temperatures. ...Read more

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Why does my butthole itch? I'm 23 female and it only itches inside of it. 

Why does my butthole itch? I'm 23 female and it only itches inside of it. 

Depends: Many things could be going on ranging from a healing tear to a hemorrhoid to poor hygiene. As with so many things if it is persistent and bothering you get in and see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Every time I need to wee it hurt and itches before and after what can it be?

Every time I need to wee it hurt and itches before and after what can it be?

Infection: You may have an infection of the urine or a yeast infection of the vagina which gets excoriated from scratching. You need to see a doctor for evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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I got stitches in my back about a week ago and today it is itches like crazy?

One solution--: Acupuncture can be very helpful for pain, itching ; expedited healing. Take care. ...Read more

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I shaved my bikini line for the first time and it itches like crazy, what to do?

I shaved my bikini line for the first time and it itches like crazy, what to do?

Don't shave it.: Once it grows back in - the shaving should have resolved. ...Read more

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This is embarrassing but after a bm my butt itches inside I wipe. What could it be?

This is embarrassing but after a bm my butt itches inside I wipe. What could it be?

Common: This is very common. It may be from hemorrhoids. In any case, get some wipes that dissolve in the toilet, or wet toilet paper under cold water and gently wipe after bm. Use generic mirilax daily. Sit in shallow water with butt spread 2x/day. Give this a few weeks to work. Consider generic preparation h ointment after each bm. If need go 2 dr. ...Read more

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My clitoris itches every now and then. When it does it itches like crazy! What do I do?!

GYN: May be fungal irritation and/or aggressive sexual manipulation. See your GYN and OK to use a pea sized drop of antifungal vaginal crean like onistat or GYN- lotrimin (Clotrimazole)- avoid thong undergarment and abstain sexually for 5 days. ...Read more

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Sometimes I cut and when it starts to heal it it itches and get super dry on my wrists?

Healing skin itches.: The skin that is healing will tend to itch.
This is very common. The more important issue is why are you cutting? If you are cutting intentionally you should find a counselor and seek treatment right away. If these cuts are happening at work you should talk to your supervisor so steps can be taken to reduce injury. Put lots of aloe cream on the site to reduce the itch. ...Read more

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Oh my god my butt itches why is this happening and what can I do to make it stop? Plz help

Oh my god my butt itches why is this happening and what can I do to make it stop? Plz help

Rectal itching: The most prominent cause of rectal itching is pinworms. Make an appointment with your doctor to check for the pinworms or for othercauses. ...Read more

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I just stepped on something and it stung me, and it itches really bad, how should I treat it?

Baking soda: Remove stinger by scraping along edge of skin with a credit card. Clean with soap & warm water. Apply ice in 10 minute. Increments; alternating 10 on & 10 off. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Aspirin or Motrin for pain or Benadryl for swelling. Make a paste of 2 parts baking soda & 1 part water & apply. Or you can apply a meat tenderizer poultice to the area. Throat, airway or tongue swelling – call 911. ...Read more

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Aspecific back area itches: upper left 1/4 area. Often severe. Sporadic. What does this mean?

Aspecific back area itches: upper left 1/4 area. Often severe. Sporadic. What does this mean?

Nostalgia parastheti: This is a localized itching or even burning sensation on the upper back which will become disclosed from scratching and rubbing. There is damage to a small nerve fiber. Treatmentvcan include topical steroids and anesthetic, for resistant cases an injection of dilute steroids and anesthetic can improve the condition. ...Read more

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Itch (Definition)

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