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An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more


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Developed intense itching and burning on the palms of my hands and bottoms of my feet. Difficulty walking due to itching and burning of my feet. ?

Developed intense itching and burning on the palms of my hands and bottoms of my feet. Difficulty walking due to itching and burning of my feet. ?

Need exam: Palms & soles with these symptoms needs an examination because there a number of things that it could be & these need to be ruled in & out by inspection, blood work, & history. At any rate, if this is an absolutely brand new set of symptoms which have never been discussed with a doctor then, you've now figured out the time to go...NOW.....some blood work will help and then, appropriate medication ...Read more

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Having small on & off burning sensation on my palms & sometimes below my foot causing me to scratch since itches a lil 4 a wk. What can this be?

Having small on & off burning sensation on my palms & sometimes below my foot causing me to scratch since  itches a lil 4 a wk. What can this be?

Itching in pregnancy: thre are several causes for itching during pregnancy - and it sommonly affects the palms and soles. it's normal, but annoying. Try moisturizing lotion, and oatmeal baths. Avoid heat and hot baths. ...Read more

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In the middle of my sole of my right foot, just below where the ball of my foot be, there is a tingle every once in awhile. Always the same spot. Not all the time. No pain, or burning. if I scratch it, it itches more. what could it be?

In the middle of my sole of my right foot, just below where the ball of my foot be, there is a tingle every once in awhile.  Always the same spot. Not all the time.  No pain, or burning.  if I scratch it, it itches more. what could it be?

Several things: It sounds like you may have an allergy on the skin or prior insect bite. I don't think it is a serious problem but it would pay to have your family physician look at your foot. ...Read more

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My feet are itchy and burning after itching....and knees arms hands feet itches in night more...help me..i got red rashes after 2 days of itching..tq?

My feet are itchy and burning after itching....and knees arms hands feet itches in night more...help me..i got red rashes after 2 days of itching..tq?

Clean, don't scratch: Clean the bedding well. Gently clean your body well too and wipe w/ diluted vinegar or witch hazel, etc. Use a hypoallergic lotion too. Take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as directed. If you still suffer, see a Dr. You might need a lb test and/or a Rx anti-inflammatory. Try hard to not scratch! Avoid infection. ...Read more

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My 55 year old dad has burning and itching foot pain.What should I do?

My 55 year old dad has burning and itching foot pain.What should I do?

A few options: 1. Athletes foot (tinea pedis)
2. Neuropathy (secondary to diseases like diabetes)
3. Neuritis/neuroma
have it seen by a doctor to diagnose and treat it. ...Read more

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Hello All, I have noticed small small red dots on my foot extending upto 1/3rd of my foot. They don't have any itching or burning or pain. Plz help?

Hello All,
  I have noticed small small red dots on my foot extending upto 1/3rd of my foot.  They don't have any itching or burning or pain. Plz help?

Many things: If you have a cat or dog they could be flea bites, they could be bed bug bites, or just the beginnings of a fungal infection (athletse foot).
You can try treatng them with an OTC antifungal cream and see if they go away.
If they spread or get worse please see a physician for a better diagnosis. ...Read more

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The bottom of my feet and the palms of my hands are red and burning and itching. What could this be from.

The bottom of my feet and the palms of my hands are red and burning and itching.  What could this be from.

Hand/foot pain: There are many dermatologic conditions that could be affecting both your plams and soles of your feet. If the burning and itching is affecting your daily life, try taking an oral anti-histamine and seeing your pcp/dermatologist/podiatrist. ...Read more

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What causes burning, bright red, itching tops of the hands and feet with no rash?

What causes burning, bright red, itching tops of the hands and feet  with no rash?

Dermatitis : Bright red inflammatory itching tops of the feet and hands are consistent with some sort of atopic or allergic reaction to some object or organism. Acute atopic dermatitis is consistent with such symptoms. Try otc Hydrocortisone as a first aid treatment, but it does not subside within 72 hours, seek a dermatologist for a more throrogh examination. ...Read more

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Feet are blistering athete feet like, burning and itchin blister are pop-up under the skin burning swellin, uncontrolable itching.

Feet are blistering athete feet like, burning and itchin blister are pop-up under the skin burning swellin, uncontrolable itching.

Well, : Well, you so seem to be describing athlete's foot, a topical fungal infection, although there are other skin disorders that could also cause itching and blistering, like contact dermatitis (an allergic reaction from something like a dye in a new sock, etc.). Usually fungal infections have a characteristic fungal odor, whereas contact dermatitis doesn't.

If you're absolutely miserable, go see a dermatologist or podiatrist right away. But if you'd like to try something yourself first, you can try applying an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream like lamisil, lotrimin or tinactin (tolnaftate) 2-3 times a day and see if it improves. If it doesn't get noticeably better in a day or two, you need to see a doctor.

Regardless of what it might be, and as hard as this advice might be to follow, it's very important to not scratch! scratching will only inflame the area and in the case of fungal infections, will only cause it to spread (and put fungal spores under your fingernails).

If you do see an improvement in a day or two, it most certainly is a fungal infection. Fungal spores live for 30 days, so just because it clears up in a couple of days doesn't mean you should stop using the fungicidal cream. You should keep using the cream for at least 30 days to prevent recurrence.

Hope this helps. Don't scratch, and good luck! ...Read more

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16-year-old with sudden onset of burning, itching, bright red hands and feet that sometimes tingle. What could it be?

16-year-old with sudden onset of burning, itching, bright red hands and feet that sometimes tingle. What could it be?

Multiple answers: This could be due to a medication the child is taking; overexposure to the sun; an allergic reaction to food as this is some form of allergic reaction with a vascular-blood vessel condition. Please see your pediatrician for the exact reason. ...Read more

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Major burning itching feet, tried over-the-counter athletes foot medicine. My only relief is that I purchased a brush and brush my feet al night?

Major burning itching feet, tried over-the-counter athletes foot medicine. My only relief is that I purchased a brush and brush my feet al night?

Prescription: Sounds like you may need a prescription strength antigungal. You also need to confirm that it is a fungus causing the problem. ...Read more

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I am experiencing foot itching. Burning and skin is peeling in between my toes. This has been going on for months now. ?

I am experiencing  foot itching. Burning and skin is peeling in between my toes. This has been going on for months now. ?

Be evaluated: There are multiple considerations, sometimes it can be related to a system or local contact reaction to something you are or were exposed to, there are other possibilities as well. A medical check up would be a good place to start. ...Read more

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I started taking cymbalta (duloxetine) could it cause burning and itching of hands and feet and sour stomach and loose bowls ?

I started taking cymbalta (duloxetine) could it cause burning and itching of hands and feet and sour stomach and loose bowls ?

Yes: It can cause all those things, although the itching hands is less common. More info on side effect here: http://www.Webmd.Com/drugs/drug-91491-cymbalta+oral.Aspx?Drugid=91491;drugname=cymbalta+oral;pagenumber=6
also, if you are taking it for depression, be aware that medication alone is not optimal treatment. Consider psychotherapy, or psychotherapy + meds. ...Read more

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Right foot 48 F (9 C) hotter than left (IR thermo). Toes swollen, red itching and burning spots on top. Not blue. Frostbite or fungus?

Right foot 48 F (9 C) hotter than left (IR thermo). Toes swollen, red itching and burning spots on top. Not blue. Frostbite or fungus?

Varies : Multiple potential causes. Frostbite would really be a consideration only if you had sustained severe cold to that extremity. Temperature differences can be caused by an abnormality causing a cool foot, or by causing a warm foot. Cool feet are often related to vascular issues. Warm feet may be vascular, infectious, or inflammatory such as gout. A good exam would give idea about likely cause. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat athlete's foot? I have never had athlete's foot until now. I have it on the last two toes of my right foot. I have itching and burning and there was a dried up blister between my toes. I've tried tinactin and "home remedies"

What is the best way to treat athlete's foot? I have never had athlete's foot until now. I have it on the last two toes of my right foot. I have itching and burning and there was a dried up blister between my toes. I've tried tinactin and "home remedies"

Prescriptions: Fungal infections are difficult to get rid of. The most effective way is with prescription antifungals. Blisters between may or may not be associated with a fungus and may be something entirely different. A podiatrist will be able to diagnose and treat these conditions quickly. ...Read more

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All of a sudden both of my feet swelled up, began to itch and burn. The itching and burning goes up the legs to the knees. No redness. Didn't walk a l?

All of a sudden both of my feet swelled up, began to itch and burn. The itching and burning goes up the legs to the knees. No redness. Didn't walk a l?

You should see a : Doctor there are many reasons feet can swell including but not limited to high blood pressure, incompetent veins, lymphedema, kidney dysfunction, side effect of medication etc...itching and or burning is not uncommon when someone has swelling of extremities. You need to find out the etiology of the swelling. ...Read more

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Do I have athletes foot the side of my big toe was burning itching and red now its peeling with hard dry skin n red underneath my third toe peels als?

Do I have athletes  foot the side of my big toe was burning itching and red now its peeling with hard dry skin n red underneath my third toe peels als?

Likely: It is probably fungal ( athlete's foot ). Sometimes there is also bacterial infection. Use some OTC creams and keep toe webs and feet dry. ...Read more

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Itching and burning all over cold chills headache worse at night. Feel like feet and hand is asleep. Hx of utis and ovarian cysts, kid stones ?

Itching and burning all over cold chills headache worse at night. Feel like feet and hand is asleep. Hx of utis and ovarian cysts, kid stones ?

Kidney infection : could be sign of kidney infection or pyelonephritis. I would get some bloodwork and urinalysis, and get a check up by your family doctor ASAP, or if getting worse go to urgent care or ER because you could get worse quickly without antibiotics if indeed it is pyelonephritis. ...Read more

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My right foot feels very dry, gets really hot at night and itches.?

My right foot feels very dry, gets really hot at night and itches.?

Is it dry?: If it is that would explain the itching. Does it get hot or just feel hot? There is a difference. You may have a nerve problem if the temp is not really hot but just feels hot, similiarly if it itches and there is no dryness.... ...Read more

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My sister is as and her palms and feet itches seriously.What could be the problem?

Many possibilities: It could be any of a variety of possible things including infection, drug reaction, and allergy. Have it looked at and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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It started off as what looked like athletes foot. It spread a bit but started going away. It comes back now n then and itches really bad. What to do?

It started off as what looked like athletes foot. It spread a bit but started going away. It comes back now n then and itches really bad. What to do?

Two Weeks.: You said nothing about treating it already, so I'm under the impression you didn't. Begin by trying an OTC type anti fungal topical. There are many at the local drug store. If you need help, ask the pharmacist. If there is any doubt that this is not a fungal infection and possibly some other problem, then, see your doctor. You can mix in a little cortisone cream for the severe itching. ...Read more

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Been having an intense burning sensation within the middle of my spine,normally worsened by sitting up or standing, the skin also itches,what is this?

Been having an intense burning sensation within the middle of my spine,normally worsened by sitting up or standing, the skin also itches,what is this?

That is a very: non-specific complaint -- not referable to any one particular cause. If it is persisting, recommendation is to go discuss with you primary care doctor, and get a physical examination to ensure all is okay. ...Read more

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What could it mean when your foot itches?

What could it mean when your foot itches?

Sweating, fungus: It could be only sweaty feet or it could be the start of athletes foot or a case of eczema. If there is no visible rash, wear cotton socks and try ab sorbent foot powder labelled af for antifungal. ...Read more

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Bottom if foot itches all the time only right one?

Bottom if foot itches all the time only right one?

Fungus, neuropathy : Or other types of dermatitis. Is there any sign of inflammation or scaling of skin? If this persists, see physician for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more