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I have very itchy skin on my back and shoulders. I get raised bumps which bleed when I scratch them. My skin feels dry and burns.?

I have very itchy skin on my back and shoulders. I get raised bumps which bleed when I scratch them. My skin feels dry and burns.?

Need more info: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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


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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 itchy skin that red and raised when I itch it. It comes in splotches sometimes. My dad had excema. Is this related?

I have itchy skin that red and raised when I itch it. It comes in splotches sometimes. My dad had excema. Is this related?

DERMATITIS: Try the cream of your dad and if it helps it can be eczema. It is not contagious skin disorder but itchy and cured by moisturizer and steroid cream. ...Read more

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5 yr old son, with black oval spot on leg surrounded by raised itchy skin. He's been playing in woods lately.

5 yr old son, with black oval spot on leg surrounded by raised itchy skin. He's been playing in woods lately.

See physician soon: Based upon your description, I am worried about an infection (i.e. MRSA). Please keep very close eye on the size of the oval and see your physician as soon as reasonably possible. If signs of fever, lethargy or any other concernings issues arise, go to the Emergency Room ASAP. ...Read more

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Non itchy skin color raised patch no scale over both elbows & knees, all of same duration treated with mild steroid no response. Probable diagnosis?

Non itchy skin color raised patch no scale over both elbows & knees, all of same duration treated with mild steroid no response. Probable diagnosis?

Difficult to know: A chronic rash is difficult to diagnose without more information about you and visualization of the rash. A Virtual consult may help. With the information given, granuloma annulare comes to mind. Usually there is a central depression within a ring sized flesh colored patch. If stretched, you will likely see smaller papules. They sometimes herald thyroid disease. Low potency steroids fail. ...Read more

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I have had a hair dye reaction my head has lumps on it, glands are raised and hard, Ears are weeping and red itchy skin any suggestions to help?

I have had a hair dye reaction my head has lumps on it, glands are raised and hard, Ears are weeping and red itchy skin any suggestions to help?

Yes: See your doctor or a dermatologist, you have severe eczema and external ear infection, you need to be examined and you will need prescription medications, if you can't reach your doctor go to urgent care or ER, best wishes ...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?

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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Could bad cough, sore thoat, sinus conge/drainging, body aches cause red raised very itchy sores (look like raised pores) & itchy skin? Also have lupus

Could bad cough, sore thoat, sinus conge/drainging, body aches cause red raised very itchy sores (look like raised pores) & itchy skin? Also have lupus

Flu?: You may just have the flu or another viral infection which causes skin rash also. If the rash lasts just hours only to reappear elsewhere, try antihistamine. If it lasts more than a day, try hydrocortisone cream. If these symptoms persist beyond 10 days or get worse, see your doctor. These are not lupus symptoms. ...Read more

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When I scratch or bump my skin, on any part of my body, a raised hot white itchy rash develops. What could cause this?

When I scratch or bump my skin, on any part of my body, a raised hot white itchy rash develops. What could cause this?

Hypersensitive skin: This could represent dermographism, where you can cause welts on your skin with pressure, like writing. Physical urticaria, or hives, also possible. I usually have someone try an oral anti-histamine for this problem. ...Read more

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Dry & itchy skin for 2-3 weeks. When I scratch it leaves reddish bumpy lines. That usually take 12 hrs to disappear. What could it be?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. However, the response to scratching is normal. Try using an emollient, like Vaseline on the dry skin.
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Contagious itchy skin with no rash until scratched?

Contagious itchy skin with no rash until scratched?

Some thoughts...: Without a picture it's very difficult to diagnose a skin condition, and what you're describing can have many different causes. It could be a mild eczema, a fungal infection, a viral exanthem, a reaction to something you've come in contact with (a new perfume, lotion, soap), bug bites... It's a long list. If otc Hydrocortisone or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) isn't helping, make sure to check in with your doc! ...Read more

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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..

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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Reddish and itchy skin underside scrotum. Found small lesions there and its painful when itched or scratched. What to do? Please help.

Reddish and itchy skin underside scrotum. Found small lesions there and its painful when itched or scratched. What to do? Please help.

Let a doc look at it: From your description it could be something caused by fungus/yeast (e.g. jock itch), it could be viral (e.g. herpes), it could be contact dermatitis, or even caused by bacteria. I have to suggest you show it to a doctor, and discuss it in more detail. He/she should be able to diagnose and treat it, whatever it is. ...Read more

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I have very itchy skin literally all over my body. My thighs & buttocks area especially I scratch & bumps appear but then go away. What could it be?

I have very itchy skin literally all over my body. My thighs & buttocks area especially I scratch & bumps appear but then go away. What could it be?

Itching: Itching is actually a form of pain perception. It can be due to localized reaction with allergy causing substances, dry skin and eczema or it can be due to systemic illness such as liver disease. There are many causes to itching and further investigation with laboratory studies and examination by your doctor are in order. ...Read more

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Itchy skin. No rash. Why does scratching cause bruising?

Itchy skin. No rash. Why does scratching cause bruising?

Trauma: To the small blood vessels under the skin causes them to break and bleed resulting in bruising. Also, as one ages, the skin becomes more thin, less elastic and fragile. If you are on Aspirin or other blood thinners, this will aggregate this mechanism. ...Read more

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I got a very itchy skin on my inguinal and perianal region, when I scratch it, some skin shreds off and painful. What should I do doctors?

See an md: SOmeone should examine you, possibly a fungal infection or bacterial skin infection or eczema (allergy to something in contact with). Different treatments for each of these. ...Read more

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Itchy skin bump/sore on neck with a thin "scratch" line running up/connecting to another sore on the back of head appx. 2½ins away. Bumps on body also.

Bumps w/ scratch lin: On arms and legs too? May be scabies for which Elimite (permethrin) is used (http://www. Cdc. Gov/parasites/scabies/treatment. Html) or bedbugs, chiggers, ringworm. Sometime if there is infection as well give antibiotics. F/u/ w/ doc urgent care. ...Read more

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How do I go about getting rid of my dry itchy skin, I find my skin pimples up when I put pressure and scratching on my skin.?

How do I go about getting rid of my dry itchy skin, I find my skin pimples up when I put pressure and scratching on my skin.?

Moisturizer: Your pimples are likely related to hormonal changes in skin. You should get a good regimen of a cleanser and moisturizer to start with. ...Read more

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I'm 23 and I have sore and itchy skin on my testicals I scratch in my sleep and no cream IV had off the doctor helps?

Scrotodynia: Treatment of scrotodynia can be difficult and a satisfying outcome may not be achieved. However, there have been reports of success with amitriptyline, paroxetine and fluoxetine. While these medications have traditionally been used for depression, they are also commonly used for a range of chronic pain syndromes. The symptoms of scrotodynia may recur with the cessation of medication. ...Read more

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I have very itchy skin and a rash appears after scratching. My doctor prescribed 1% steroid cream but it has no affect on the itchiness at all.

I have very itchy skin and a rash appears after scratching. My doctor prescribed 1% steroid cream but it has no affect on the itchiness at all.

PRURITUS/ALLERGY: PRURITUS can be difficult to evaluate. You must rule out allergens in home and work environment Remember " ALLERGIES DEVELOP OVER TIME AND EXPOSURE" you must keep a diary to assist you, while you are documenting potential triggers, you should be on a H1 blocker Zyrtec 10mg/ H2 blocker Zantac 300mg/ leukotrine inhibitor Singulair (montelukast) 10mg/ELOCON.After labs and allergy testing serum may be needed ...Read more

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My 16 year old daughter has itchy skin (legs only) no visable rash - when she scratches for a while some bumps like mosquito bites faintly appear?

My 16 year old daughter has itchy skin (legs only) no visable rash - when she scratches for a while some bumps like mosquito bites faintly appear?

Dry skin?: Try unscented soap and application of moisturizer 2x daily with one <3 minutes after bathing to see if this helps. Dry skin is by far the most common cause for itching without any rash. ...Read more

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Healing from muscle strain. As pain improves I've gotten very itchy skin. If I scratch the area that was strained I immediately develop a rash.?

Healing from muscle strain. As pain improves I've gotten very itchy skin. If I scratch the area that was strained I immediately develop a rash.?

Rash: Consider an allergy to any medication you are taking. There is a condition called dermatographism that can do this and often taking an antihistamine intermittently will help. All the best. ...Read more

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Itchy skin turns into fast spreading rash like bumps when scratched. Both arms and right leg. Do have allergies & asthma. Not on meds for allergies.

Happy to help.: There are a couple of possibilities. First, dermatographism is a condition where scratching or marking the skin causes hives. Second, hives can arise without scratching as well. Antihistamines like Zyrtec/Allegra can help. If this persists, I'd recommend seeing an allergist who can allergy test you and help determine if other conditions are present. ...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

Itchy Skin (Definition)

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