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I have on and off itching from head to toe. What could be the cause?

I have on and off itching from head to toe. What could be the cause?

Pruritus: It could be a side effect of a medicine you're taking or an allergic reaction to something else. Did you recently begin taking Niacin as a supplement? That will do it as well ...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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Can you tell me what causes on and off itching from head to toe. Why?

Can you tell me what causes on and off itching from head to toe. Why?

Could be allergeis: Could be allergies, possible blood abnormality. So see a doctor for blood work and evaluation and possible cause. ...Read more

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I am itching from head to toe nothing has changed in my daily life. I think I am allergic to my hormones. I'm miserable?

I am itching from head to toe nothing has changed in my daily life. I think I am allergic to my hormones.  I'm miserable?

New allergies can: Develop at any time. Odds are you have developed an allergy to something that has contact over your whole body — i.e. body wash, soap, or laundry detergent. Start changing these items to low fragrant options and to ones with limited amount of chemicals/dye. See if you have improvement. When in doubt work with your primary doctor or find an allergist to do testing. ...Read more

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I have had itching from head to toe in the past 4 weeks. It started on my legs. It can itch anywhere now but spreads. Few minutes later, disappears.

I have had itching from head to toe in the past 4 weeks. It started on my legs.  It can itch anywhere now but spreads. Few minutes later, disappears.

Many causes: There are many causes of itching. It can be as simple as dry skin or as complicated as liver disease. It can be from allergies. You could certainly try a non-sedating antihistamine like loratadine and see if that helps. Since it has been going on for a month iti s probably a good idea to see a doctor and have your liver function tests checked just to make sure they are normal. ...Read more

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After allergic reaction to penicillin following itching from head to toe then turned into skin pricking, tingling,burning, molting skin?

After allergic reaction to penicillin following itching from head to toe then turned into skin pricking, tingling,burning, molting skin?

Allergy: Allergy can be accompanied by an intense skin reaction which causes loss of superficial skin. If this is an acute and severe reaction it may actually be life threatening, but most commonly skin is shed a week or two after an allergic response ...Read more

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Both feet and ankles are swollen, red, and warm to touch which has gradually gotten worse over three weeks' time. Itching from head to toe no rash?

Both feet and ankles are swollen, red, and warm to touch which has gradually gotten worse over three weeks' time. Itching from head to toe no rash?

Evaluation: From what you have told me, I recommend that you see a physician and have some blood work done to look for systemic reasons for your symptoms. Do the ankles ache as well? ...Read more

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I severely itch from head to toe if I stop taking my allergy pill. Do I have to take an allergy pill every day? I've been on them since teenage years.

I severely itch from head to toe if I stop taking my allergy pill. Do I have to take an allergy pill every day? I've been on them since teenage years.

Choices to make: Current once daily, non-sedating anti-histamines have made life easier for many with allergic conditions. They are available in generic form & can be taken daily for years without aparent problems. Allergy testing can sometimes identify an avoidable trigger & allergy shots could stop the allergic response. I see the choice between living with symptoms or taking the med to avoid them. I do the latter. ...Read more

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35 weeks pregnant itching from head to toe. Took shower, and 2 benadryl (diphenhydramine). Very aggravating. No rash?

35 weeks pregnant itching from head to toe. Took shower, and 2 benadryl (diphenhydramine). Very aggravating.  No rash?

Cholestasis?: This can give rise to intense generalized itching and is due to the gall bladder emptying slowly. Your doctor may consider running a test to rule in rule out this diagnosis. ...Read more

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My boby itches all the time from head to toe would an over-the-counter allergy pill help ?

My boby itches all the time from head to toe would an over-the-counter allergy pill help
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Try Allegra/generic: All anti-histamines now available are over-the-counter (otc). Allegra (or generic fexofenadine) is a good choice for allergy, itch, hives, hay fever . Other otc meds are: zyrtec, claritin, (loratadine) benedryl etc.
Also, you may want to get seen to get tested for liver disease which is a possible cause of pruritis (itch) without rash. ...Read more

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The skin in-between my toes itches. The skin grows dies and can be peeled off. Underneath the dead skin is new skin that is very white and itches.?

The skin in-between my toes itches. The skin grows dies and can be peeled off. Underneath the dead skin is new skin that is very white and itches.?

This can be : Due to either a fungus or a bacterium. The key is do not pull at any of the peeling skin as this could cauase a bad infection.
You can try a topical antifungal agent. If using creams better to use them at night so as when you walk it does not cause skin chafing. Betadine solution painted with a q tip is another option. ...Read more

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My toe itches constantly. I can also see a little peeling skin. What is this? How do I treat it?

My toe itches constantly. I can also see a little peeling skin. What is this? How do I treat it?

Fungus: Until proven otherwise (as this is most common though there are other possibilities) try over the counter antifungal cream like clotrimazole. ...Read more

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I have a spot on my toes that is blueish pruple and has little blisters and it hurts and skin is hard and sometimes itches?

I have a spot on my toes that is blueish pruple and has little blisters and it hurts and skin is hard and sometimes itches?

Eval: These lesions would likely need to be examined and more history obtained to be able to provide you with useful input about the diagnosis or possible treatment.
Please consider evaluation by a podiatrist or a dermatologist. Take care ...Read more

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Hi I have a circular white mark on the bottom of my foot and it has white headed spots on it, only itches and stings when I let air get to it.

Hi I have a circular white mark on the bottom of my foot and it has white headed spots on it, only itches and stings when I let air get to it.

R/O PLANTAR WART: Plantar warts are commonly found on feet and hands. The dark spot in the middle is the vascular supply. It can be treated with FREEZING/LASER/TOPICAL MEDICATION or injection. ...Read more

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I had a toe nail injury where the nail is partly off... I noticed the skin under the nail has changed colors and it itches. Is this normal?

I had a toe nail injury where the nail is partly off... I noticed the skin under the nail has changed colors and it itches. Is this normal?

Nail Trauma: After an injury to the nail and nail bed, a portal of entry may occur. Bacteria, fungus, yeast may enter. You may be developing an infection on the nail bed. Have a podiatrist or dermatologist culture the nail bed to determine what orgainism may be present, and treat appropriately. ...Read more

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About 5 years ago I was bitten by a tick between my toe I have keliod skin the bite leave a scar and it itches what could this be?

About 5 years ago I was bitten by a tick between my toe I have keliod skin the bite leave a scar and it itches what could this be?

Dermatitis: If your skin keloids, I recommend that you not scratch that area too much. Keloids don't itch for the most part. If you have a scar from the tick bite, it shouldn't itch. If something on the skin itches, it could be that something bit you again or that you have some inflammation to the area. You can try some low potency over the counter Hydrocortisone or tea tree oil. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My foot itches a little. A pus sack forms and more and more of my skin gets infected. Please help me. It has been 3 Months now. It does not heal.

My foot itches a little. A pus sack forms and more and more of my skin gets infected. Please help me. It has been 3 Months now. It does not heal.

See your doctor: You need to see your physician. He/she will obtain a culture of the pus and find out what is causing this infection. Then, you can be adequately treated. ...Read more

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I have a lump about 1 inch in diameter on the side of my foot. It is under the skin, and it itches on the surface. The bump is a pale purple. Help!

I have a lump about 1 inch in diameter on the side of my foot. It is under the skin, and it itches on the surface. The bump is a pale purple. Help!

Need to Visualize: Have a healthcare personnel look at the lesions to determine the nature of it. Your primary care provider or a foot doctor will be of great help. ...Read more

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Relieve me from allergic itching all over the body with lots of tiny red spots; starts from my fingers — toes. Only controllable by prednisolone!?

Relieve me from allergic itching all over the body with lots of tiny red spots; starts from my fingers — toes. Only controllable by prednisolone!?

Diffuse rash & Pred.: If antihistamines don't help you need to see a board certified allergist for evaluation and treatment. The side effects of oral corticosteroids necessitate a specialist's involvement. ...Read more

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I have this terrible night itching which made me not able to sleep at night from head to toe. I apply cream from a dr but still not gone please help me?

I have this terrible night itching which made me not able to sleep at night from head to toe. I apply cream from a dr but still not gone please help me?

Lesions??: Do you have any lesions that are associated with this? Do you have bruising? Is there any bite marks on your hands, legs?... Do you have itching during the day? You could have allergies to certain material in your bed, or worst "bed bugs". Ask your doctor if you can take benadryl (diphenhydramine). Also, you may want to ask to look deeper into this by doing blood work if this continues for a long time. ...Read more

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I have mosquito bites all over my body from head to toe. I am itching all over. The bites are swollen and combined with other bites. What can I do?

I have mosquito bites all over my body from head to toe. I am itching all over. The bites are swollen and combined with other bites. What can I do?

Symptom relief: Well you might want to start with an anti-histamine such as Benadryl. There are other antihistamines if that doesn't work too well. Then, you can try localized therapy such as cold baths. (Cold will stop the itching by numbing the nerve signals). It's best to AVOID hot water- since that will make the itching worse. Some say oatmeal baths help, or calamine lotion. Try NOT to scratch if you can. ...Read more

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Severe head to toe itching turn fire red am severely angry I have RA and take mtx and remicade (infliximab) please help it's been 4 week now?

Severe head to toe itching turn fire red am severely angry I have RA and take mtx and remicade (infliximab) please help it's been 4 week now?

See below: Since this has been going for 4 weeks, it less likely to be infusion reaction. However,; when a patient has intense itching, you have to wonder whether it is an allergic reaction or something going on with their liver. You need to call your rheumatologist so that you can be seen and elevated. ...Read more

Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...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