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Doctor insights on: Itchy Skin Scratch Welts

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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

Welts (Definition)

Welts is another description of hive or swelling in the skin. They are pink, raised and with a vague border. The term welts is used more often for larger pinkish swelling in the skin, whereas, hives are often smaller pinkish swellings. Both are caused by histamine release in the skin which usually ...Read more


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Itchy skin everyday. After itch my skin, I get really bad red welts. Don't know why I get itchy skin everyday.

Itchy skin everyday. After itch my skin, I get really bad red welts. Don't know why I get itchy skin everyday.

Dry skin?: Apply a moisturizer all over your body immediately after bathing and preferably again in another 12 hrs +/- bathing. Avoid scented and anti-bacterial soaps. May also try an antihistamine to see if this helps. Check any lotion, medication, supplements which were newly introduced prior to onset of your itching. See dermatologist if problem persists. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of itchy skin? I get small bumps on ears that itch bad, also red itchy welts on cheeks & around jaw. Lotion stops some of the itching but dosnt reduse the red swelling. Thank you

How do I get rid of itchy skin? I get small bumps on ears that itch bad, also red itchy welts on cheeks & around jaw. Lotion stops some of the itching but dosnt reduse the red swelling. Thank you

Seborrheic Dermatiti: If this is a recurring problem, it may be seborrheic dermatitis. This is a troublesome condition of unknown cause, although it can be worsened by stress. Try small amounts of over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream. Your skinseb should clear it up in a few days. Unfortunately, the condition will probably recur--but you can control it with judicious applications of the cortisone cream. ...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?

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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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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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 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

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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

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

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