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Itchy skin on my back, sides of stom and back of neck. no bumps or redness unless i scratch then feels hot after..

Itchy skin on my back, sides of stom and back of neck. no bumps or redness unless i scratch then feels hot after..

Dermatographic: This may or may not be a chronic situation. Try taking antihistamine to see if it helps. Sometimes dry skin can also cause this type of reaction and thus applying a moisturizer <3 minutes after bathing may help. If problem persists, see derm or allergist. ...Read more

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Itchy Rash (Definition)

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


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I have had itchy skin for quite some time. When I scratch, I get raised welts that aren't red. Sometimes they are parallel lines. Stress?

I have had itchy skin for quite some time.  When I scratch, I get raised welts that aren't red.  Sometimes they are parallel lines.  Stress?

Dermographism: Twitchy mast cells. A physical urticaria, not an allergy. Skin reacts to stroking. A topical steroid, probably prescription strength, to reduce itch will reduce scratching, thus reduce welting. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Atarax are very sedating and therefor appropriate only at bedtime. The best antihistamine for this is usually Zyrtec [cetirizine] which is sometimes used at 2 or 3 a day if 1 is not effective. ...Read more

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I have bloodshot, not itchy eyes, and itchy skin on arms/tops of thighs/below waistline. After scratching, small red bumps appear. Tropical illness?

I have bloodshot, not itchy eyes, and itchy skin on arms/tops of thighs/below waistline. After scratching, small red bumps appear. Tropical illness?

Don't know: I am sorry but I do not know what you have. I can recommend an excellent dermatologist named dr michael whitlow.You can google his name and get the phone number and see if he takes your insurance. ...Read more

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I have very itchy skin all over; have had this for years now. Ihave no allergies. I scratch and my skin becomes red. I have itchy arms, legs, feet, hands, scalp and breasts. Help!

I have very itchy skin all over; have had this for years now. Ihave no allergies. I scratch and my skin becomes red. I have itchy arms, legs, feet, hands, scalp and breasts. Help!

Need evaluation: Diffuse itching of the body is called pruritis, and can be due to impairments of the liver and ducts draining the liver. A primary care doctor would be the best place to start, if you have yellowing of the skin, or of the whites of the eyes or pain under the right side of rib cage then see a gastroenterologist. If liver is fine, then see allergist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Having itchy skin irritation, with redness and some swelling. it reallys comes out when I get hot ?

Having itchy skin irritation, with redness and some swelling. it reallys comes out when I get hot ?

Cholinergic hives: This is known as cholinergic urticaria when the small itchy hives appear during the cooling period after a rise in body core temperature. Antihistamines such as zyrtec (cetirizine) can usually prevent this from happening. This condition is not dangerous and often goes away after a few years. Do note that this does not apply to large hives (>1/2 inch in diameter). ...Read more

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Do you think I'll need to seek a doctor advice and help if I have redness, rash and itchy skin?

Do you think I'll need to seek a doctor advice and help if I have redness, rash and itchy skin?

Rash: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Is there any recommendation for extra dry itchy skin around eyes and face and to reduce redness, blemish on face, Tia Doctor..

Is there any recommendation for extra dry itchy skin around eyes and face and to reduce redness, blemish on face, Tia Doctor..

Dermatitis: It depends on what is really going on and should be seen by a doctor. It could be contact dermatitis, allergic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, Lupus, Rosacea, and other etiologies. Each condition would be approached a little different in regards to work-up and treatment. ...Read more

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I need help with my acne. I have bumps all over my forehead and they are my skin colour; they just won't go away. i have redness and itchy skin HELP!

I need help with my acne. I have bumps all over my forehead and they are my skin colour; they just won't go away. i have redness and itchy skin HELP!

See Dermatologist: Until then keep face clean and dry, do not squeeze the pimples. Need to be seen. Have you tried any treatments before? If yes , what? Best to be seen and asked a lot of questions before giving a treatment? ...Read more

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What could cause red itchy skin?

Dryness?: Difficult to answer without exam. But likely dry skin, and best addressed by changing to gentle cleansers and a good moisturizer. If not improved after a week see a derm. ...Read more

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Quarter sized, red itchy skin patches?

Quarter sized, red itchy skin patches?

Can not tell: The description is not adequate to make diagnosis. It can be dermatitis, fungal infection. If it is persistent see dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have itchy skin quite spotty and red ?

I have itchy skin quite spotty and red ?

Won't be able to: Diagnose this one on -line. Is that what you are using the Hydrocortisone cream for? Dermatological evaluation is your best bet for accurate assessment and treatment plan. Take care. ...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

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Whats the best medication for red itchy skin?

Neck rash: Make sure you are not allergic to skin care products, hair products or nickle. Use fragrance free products only. Try otc hydrocortisone. If this does not help see your doctor. ...Read more

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What can be done for itchy skin all over, red patches?

Moisturize: Using a good moisturizer on a regular basis is the key. You can also use an OTC cortisone occasionally on bad areas, sparingly. ...Read more

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My daughter has red itchy skin?

My daughter has red itchy skin?

Dermatitis: She probably has dermatitis but you should see your dermatologist to get the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is this dry, red, itchy skin on my face?

What is this dry, red, itchy skin on my face?

Red facial skin: Many issues can cause this such as dry skin, eczema, contact dermatitis, or other issues. Try using eucerin sensitive lotion to keep it moist and topical Hydrocortisone cream 1% otc. If no improvement, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

Itchy Skin (Definition)

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