Top 20 Doctor insights on: Itchy skin caused by liver disease

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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Why is it that liver problems give you itchy skin?

Why is it that liver problems give you itchy skin?

Toxins: The liver metabolizes medications, hormones and other bodily substances and if not functioning properly, toxins accumulate in the blood causing the skin to itch along with other undesirable effects. ...Read more

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Please help me I have had itchy skin for 20 years and it is so bad now I am going crazy. When this all started I was diognosed with lupous and then a coulple years later liver and then that didn't pan out they just gave me cream. The itching is accross

Please help me I have had itchy skin for 20 years and it is so bad now I am going crazy. When this all started I was diognosed with lupous and then a coulple years later liver and then that didn't pan out they just gave me cream. The itching is accross

I: I am so sorry to hear about your struggle with your skin. Since this has been going on for twenty years, if I recommend something that has been done or tried please forgive me. You need a complete allergy panel specifically for the area you live in. You should request skin and blood allergy testing. Have you tried Atarax (hydroxyzine) pills for itching? How about steroid injections every three months. Acupuncture? Acupressure? A daily anti-histamine won't hurt. Also consider cutting out gluten and monitor for any improvement.
I hope you find relief soon. ...Read more

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My husband is alcoholic and in pain in stoumach when he drinks he also has itchy skin but no rash could this b liver failure?

My husband is alcoholic and in pain in stoumach when he drinks he also has itchy skin but no rash could this b liver failure?

Could be: It might just be alcoholic hepatitis, but it could also be cirrhosis. Alcoholics also commonly get gastritis, or inflammation of the lining of the stomach, so that could be involved as well. The itchy skin does suggest a liver problem. Is he jaundiced (yellow)? He needs help! Please have him see a doctor. ...Read more

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Yellow bruising mostly on arms. Yellow watery diareha. Seeing the color yellow. Some abdomen discomfort. Itchy skin?

Yellow bruising mostly on arms. Yellow watery diareha. Seeing the color yellow. Some abdomen discomfort. Itchy skin?

Yellow: The cause can be something as simple as eating a lot of foods high in vitamin a (carrots, yellow peppers) or as serious as hepatitis or liver cancer. See your doctor for an evaluation of your liver. ...Read more

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Easy bruising yellow skin vomiting, burping, tender abdomen, abdominal pain upper and lower nausea dizziness hiccups and itchy skin. Not feeling good

Get seen now!: Yellow skin is a sign of jaundice due to liver failure. The cause may be obstruction of the bile duct by gallstones, hepatitis, or other diseases, all of which are serious if they cause jaundice. Many of these are treatable, so get seen now and find out what is going on. ...Read more

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I have had a random itchy, tingly sensation all over body for months. It comes and goes but worried it could be lymphoma or liver disease.?

I have had a random itchy, tingly sensation all over body for months. It comes and goes but worried it could be lymphoma or liver disease.?

Various causes: There are various causes of skin itching without rash and to investigate, your physician would take a thorough history, perform a complete physical examination and order appropriate blood tests which would include cbc, blood sugar, complete metabolic profile (includes liver, kidney function, electrolytes), magnesium levels, thyroid testing, etc. ...Read more

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Have fatty liver disease. And have pain in my upper right side. I'm tired all the time and my hands are itchy. I'm not eating much. What do I do?

Have fatty liver disease. And have pain in my upper right side. I'm tired all the time and my hands are itchy. I'm not eating much. What do I do?

See your physician: "fatty liver disease" is usually benign but can be associated with other conditions that can place patients at risk for long term liver disease, some of which can be clinically silent. Your physician can evaluate your symptoms within the context of specific laboratory values and your physical examination to help determine your risk profile and determine the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Itchy during summer nights, especially when I sleep without shirt. However the rest of day I do not itch at work. I see google said itching can be sign of liver disease, I take xanax (alprazolam). But feel 100%?

Itchy during summer nights, especially when I sleep without shirt. However the rest of day I do not itch at work. I see google said itching can be sign of liver disease, I take xanax (alprazolam). But feel 100%?

It is possible: That the itching represents a skin sensation related to sedative use. This is especially true if its been more than 6 hrs from last xanax (alprazolam) dose. I am not saying this is the reason, but may contribute to intensity of symptoms as well. ...Read more

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Hello, I am 28 years old and have red ring itchy skin disease. I was given floconazole but it reoccurs as I stop medication?

Hello, I am 28 years old and have red ring itchy skin disease. I was given floconazole but it reoccurs as I stop medication?

Rash: There are certain organisms that are resistant to certain medications. It would be good to know what you had prescribed. I would consult back with the provider that saw you and then explore other medication to treat skin problem. ...Read more

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Suffering from a disease in my scrotum there are 100 rice shape lumps &spreadingvery itchy, skin colour when pull I turns white about 8 years ago. Help!

Suffering from a disease in my scrotum there are 100 rice shape lumps &spreadingvery itchy, skin colour when pull I turns white about 8 years ago. Help!

Genital warts?: The description you gave seems like genital warts. These warts could be infectious due to certain viruses, recommend to have physical examination and have workup for any stds. If it is purely warts, then topical application of tcas or podofyllin will be helpful, or laser removal. Before that needs physical examination by physician. ...Read more

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Both 17. When I am having sex with my gf before her period (3-4 days) my penis gets itchy, skin dries. 5-7 days to heal. Disease or her pH changes?

Both 17. When I am having sex with my gf before her period (3-4 days) my penis gets itchy, skin dries. 5-7 days to heal. Disease or her pH changes?

Use condom: It would be prudent to use a condom all the time, every time. Pregnancy is known to occur from sex on any and all days of the cycle. ...Read more

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I have ibs, fatigue, sores in the corner of my mouth, and very itchy skin. Should I get checked for celiac disease?

I have ibs, fatigue, sores in the corner of my mouth, and very itchy skin. Should I get checked for celiac disease?

Can check lab tests: A person who has signs of celiac disease, or is very worried she may have it, can see her primary care doctor or her GI specialist to get a lab test ordered. If the test is positive for celiac disease, she can go on a gluten-free diet. If the test is negative, but she still wants to try a gluten-free diet anyway, she can do a 1-2 month trial off all gluten and watch what happens. ...Read more

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What could cause red itchy skin everywhere?

What could cause red itchy skin everywhere?

Allergy: This could represent allergic reaction to food, medication, infection or external reaction. A careful history and exam are necessary to offer approriate treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Anne Larson
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Liver Diseases (Definition)

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Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
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Itchy Rash (Definition)

Most itchy rashes are called eczema or dermatitis. Both are due to ...Read more