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Every night I experience this crazy itching all over my body, arms legs, tingling sensation in feet, its weird, what may it be?

Every night I experience this crazy itching all over my body, arms legs, tingling sensation in feet, its weird, what may it be?

Start with allergist: Difficult to explain symptoms but if itching is major symptom then start with allergist - immunologist. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Josa
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Itching All Over (Definition)

Itching all over is a skin symptom that suggests a generalized, whole body process that may or may not be ...Read more


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I have had a severe itchness all over my body specially on my legs. No signs of swelling but redness is present due to constant scratching. Please help.

I have had a severe itchness all over my body specially on my legs. No signs of swelling but redness is present due to constant scratching. Please help.

Antihistamine: Itchiness can be from many causes. You can take an antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Claritin to help with symptoms, but you will need evaluation to determine the reason for your issue. ...Read more

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Very itchy skin feels like stings and they look like tiny pimples red and turn brown after itched all over my body everywhere chest stomach hands legs?

Very itchy skin feels like stings and they look like tiny pimples red and turn brown after itched all over my body everywhere chest stomach hands legs?

Need eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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3 week pregnant 28 y/o. Concerned about itching all over body. Gets worse in the evening. Started on feet and legs. Now on back neck and scalp.

3 week pregnant 28 y/o. Concerned about itching all over body. Gets worse in the evening. Started on feet and legs. Now on back neck and scalp.

See OB or derm: Pregnancy can be associated with strange skin rashes although the onset of yours is a little early. See your OB or Dermatologist to see if anything can be done about it. In general, antihistamines do not work well for itching during pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have had this random itching all over, on and off for about 4 years now. It will start in my legs and soon spread through my entire body. No rash.

I have had this random itching all over, on and off for about 4 years now. It will start in my legs and soon spread through my entire body. No rash.

Dry skin?: Since it sounds like a chronic issue and you don't mention skin changes, I'm inclined to think that you may have dry skin. Take short, cool showers (not warm, but cool) and be in and out. Pat yourself dry with towel leaving some water on body. Apply lotion over that to trap water in. If not improving, post a reply on this. ...Read more

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I've noticed I've been itching all over my body. It is mostly my scalp and the front of my legs. Any ideas what it may be from?

I've noticed I've been itching all over my body. It is mostly my scalp and the front of my legs. Any ideas what it may be from?

Dry skin?: You may have what is called winter itch from dry skin. Try bathing only with dove soap and apply a moisturizer within 3 minutes after bathing. If this does not help after a week, consider seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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My body has been itching all over from head, to stomach to legs and more for the past 4 days - non stop. What can I do to relieve the itch?

My body has been itching all over from head, to stomach to legs and more for the past 4 days - non stop. What can I do to relieve the itch?

Antihistamines: As an allergist I'm seeing A LOT of these types of symptoms with my patients. Antihistamines, or allergy medications, can help. I recommend OTC options like Allegra 180mg and Zantac (ranitidine) 150mg, taken together, even twice daily. This may seem like a lot, but I find that such significant itching needs higher doses. I'd try this and talk to your primary care MD re: an allergist referral. Take care. ...Read more

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I get extremely itchy skin usually on my legs and when I itch it I get raised bumps and Red pin point dots and it itches more. Should I be concerned?

I get extremely itchy skin usually on my legs and when I itch it I get raised bumps and Red pin point dots and it itches more. Should I be concerned?

Dry skin?: Try applying a moisturizer on your legs within 3 minutes after bathing (daily bathing is encouraged) to see if this helps (may take a couple of weeks). Avoid scented or anti-bacterial soap. If the problem fails to resolve, consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I am itching all over my hands and legs and sometimes all over no irritation or rash on the skin?

I am itching all over my hands and legs and sometimes all over no irritation or rash on the skin?

It is irritation: Irritation is usually the reason we itch. Were you doing something when this started, does it happen after you start something, it could be caused by your detergent and many other reasons. There is not enough information in your question to reach a proper conclusion. Please consult your primary care physician or dermatologist to make sure there are no pertinent underlying causes. ...Read more

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Started taking topamax (topiramate) two weeks ago. One side effect is itching, all over but mostly arms and legs. Is this likely to go away soon?

Started taking topamax (topiramate) two weeks ago. One side effect is itching, all over but mostly arms and legs. Is this likely to go away soon?

Side effects: Topamax (topiramate) can cause an allergic reaction but it is less comparing to other seizure medications, the other side effects is tingling of both fingers and toes as it works on calcium channels, this is a transient and short lasting adverse effect and it can be lessen by taking potassium-rich food. ...Read more

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My left calf was feeling extremely itchy (experienced itching all over legs) now I have a reddish bruise on my left calf which is tender. Dangerous?

My left calf was feeling extremely itchy (experienced itching all over legs) now I have a reddish bruise on my left calf which is tender. Dangerous?

Unsure.: Check for possible clot. Did you scratch/rub it & cause cellulitis? Insect bite, contusion, varicose vein, contact detnatitis, etc. Are also possibilities. Get it checked if painful. ...Read more

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Itching all over with no rash, scalp, arms, hands, legs, everything itch what could be going on. About 4 days now, hoping its not lymphoma?

Itching all over with no rash, scalp, arms, hands, legs, everything itch what could be going on. About 4 days now, hoping its not lymphoma?

Itching: Many things can cause itching. While it is possible for lymphoma to be the culprit, it is not the first thing that jumps to my mind. Allergic reactions, medications, iron deficiency, liver or kidney disease, and psychological problems are much more likely causes. Lymphoma usually causes unexplained fever and weight loss, drenching night sweats, and swollen lymph glands. Please see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Me & my boyfriend been having itching all over body for months now, it itches so bad that it leaves ugly scars?

Me & my boyfriend been having itching all over body for months now, it itches so bad that it leaves ugly scars?

General itchiness: With limited information and not able to see of you and your boyfriend have skin rashes or how it looks like, we could not give you specific advise. It seems that both of you have been scratching really bad that it leaves scar. Itching by itself does not leave scar. You should come see a local doctor to be evaluated and treated. Either an allergist or a dermatologist would be able to help you. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son wakes up itching all over his body ans whereever he itches, skin becomes red there. Happening since last 2 mornings?

My 5 year old son wakes up itching all over his body ans whereever he itches, skin becomes red there. Happening since last 2 mornings?

? Acute urticaria: Or just dry skin during winter, common. Bathe him with a cream soap before he goes to bed, pat his skin dry, apply a moisturizer right away to trap the moisture, and use OTC children's antihistaminic, read the labels carefully for proper dosing, if no improvement, see his doctor ...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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Itching all over the body. No rash nothing at all. It just itches a lot all over. I put baby oil after I bath still its not okay!! : (?

Itching all over the body. No rash nothing at all. It just itches a lot all over. I put baby oil after I bath still its not okay!! : (?

See dermatologist: If the itching is so bothersome, you should consult a dermatologist since dry skin is apparently not the issue. The itch pathway is far more complex than we had thought and no longer just a matter of histaminic action. (I assume you have tried antihistamine already. If not, you may give it a try). ...Read more

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I have flu like symptoms and am itchy all over my legs. So much so, im bleeding from itching. Can this just be really bad allergies?

I have flu like symptoms and am itchy all over my legs. So much so, im bleeding from itching. Can this just be really bad allergies?

Itching and a cold: It is not unusual to see itching and rashes, such as hives, in association with viral infections. This is thought to be due to the transient development of circulating immune complexes, an amalgam of antibodies and viral particles which form as the body fights back and clears the infection. These complexes can trigger the release of chemicals, such as histamine, causing itching, not an allergy. ...Read more

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Could itching all over body be effect of ptl progesterone injection?

Could itching all over body be effect of ptl progesterone injection?

Systemic itching re.: One can have a systemic or total body itching response as an allergic response. The likely source of this response in compounded medicine is the preservative used to protect the medicine. ...Read more

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I have itching all over body during periods, what can I do for relief?

I have itching all over body during periods, what can I do for relief?

No easy answer: Periods are associated with the release of various chemicals. Itching is usually due to local causes, including allergy to certain sanitary napkins. First see your gynecologist to make sure there is no local correctable cause. Rarely females are allergic to their own female hormones (progesterone or estrogen). No local cause, see a board-certified allergist/immunologist. ...Read more

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I have an irritating and constant itching all over body, no rash, help?

I have an irritating and constant itching all over body, no rash, help?

Dry Skin: Generalized itching without primary skin rash most commonly caused by dry skin. Most severe during the winter months and in older people, characterized by itching in areas of dry, scaly skin. Lab work can check if there is an underlying cause: CBC/diff, liver/renal function tests, and thyroid workup. Treat with daily moisturzation and better skin hygiene. Non-sedating antihistamines for itch. ...Read more

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Can you give me suggestions for annoying and constant itching all over body, no rash, help?

Can you give me suggestions for annoying and constant itching all over body, no rash, help?

Itching: Find the cause of your itching, you body is trying to tell you something. You could have dry skin, so use a moisturizer daily but if you have an internal problem it needs to be checked, see your doctor for a check up, Drinking alcohol does not help ...Read more

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Random itching all over body! I am not taking any medication! No rashes....seems normal....but once I scratch I see rashes?

Dermatographism: Dermatographism means the ability to write on the skin. People with this form of chronic urticaria are sensitive to touch and pressure, as well as scratching. The areas of skin that are touched or scratched get a raised, red and itchy rash. While many people with chronic urticaria have features of dermatographism, people with true dermatographism have pressure as the trigger. Try Antihistamines. ...Read more

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I came back from Argentina 30 days ago & have not felt the same Got over pneumonia after trip. Now can't stop itching all over body for days what isit?

I came back from Argentina 30 days ago & have not felt the same Got over pneumonia after trip. Now can't stop itching all over body for days what isit?

Scabies/mites/bedbug: Could be a parasite or after effects of antibiotic taken for pneumonia, see a dermatologist if a rash or doesn't go away, take benadryl (diphenhydramine) for now 25 -50 twice a day, wash all clothes involved, maybe a food allergy? ...Read more

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Is itching all over body symptom of labor?

Rarely: Itching can be associated with pregnancy in the last trimester not labor. This usually passes shortly after delivery. If still itchy after delivery you can be treated with topical medications or even otc for symptomatic relief. ...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


Itchy Skin (Definition)

Often pertains to skin that is dry and ...Read more