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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

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: Skin rash from scratching?

What is the definition or description of: Skin rash from scratching?

Skin rash: Skin rash from scratching - change in color or texture of skin resulting from rubbing or scraping to relieve itching. ...Read more

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My skin gets itchy everyday and when I scratch it, rashes are formed. What could this be?

My skin gets itchy everyday and when I scratch it, rashes are formed. What could this be?

Eczema?: It sounds like you may have an allergic condition in your skin, or something else might be causing you to itch. You should have your doctor take a look to see what might going on! ...Read more

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Skin rash and scratched appearing from no were...Only when anxious and a few minutes and it disappears?

Skin rash and scratched appearing from no were...Only when anxious and a few minutes and it disappears?

Hives: What you are describing sounds like hives, or "urticaria." it is one of the few rashes which is evanescent. Lesions appear and also disappear. Generally, specific lesions do not last for >24hrs. Simple antihistamines such as benedryl, allegra, (fexofenadine) and zyrtec can help. Hives can be caused by a number of conditions, and it is important to have them evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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My son gets skin rashes that look like scratch marks. The scratch marks just appear and they are not from him scratching. What can it be?

My son gets skin rashes that look like scratch marks. The scratch marks just appear and they are not from him scratching. What can it be?

Need to see it.: It is always difficult to try to diagnose a rash without being able to actually see it. I would advise you have your pediatrician look at this. Some possiblities are that he is actually scratching (usually at night) when you are not observing him. How old is he? Where are the marks? Are they actually abrasions or are the more like raised welts? Again, hard to try to diagnose without seeing it. ...Read more

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I have this rashes and every night I keep on scratching and as I scratched there is a fluid coming outI am confused if this is eczma or skin asth?

I have this rashes and every night I keep on scratching and as I scratched there is a fluid coming outI am confused if this is eczma or skin asth?

Eczema: Chronic itchy skin rash at night is certainly possible to be eczema. Sure would like to see it, other itchy rashes include contact dermatitis (from a detergent or dye) scabies, flea bites and many others. Each has a different treatment. As for oozing, you may well have a secondary infection with staph. I lost you on the last bit of the question, please ask again. You need a doc visit, definitely ...Read more

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I keep having skin rashes appear. My skin becomes exceptionally itchy and once scratched the area becomes inflamed in red rings of different sizes.

I keep having skin rashes appear. My skin becomes exceptionally itchy and once scratched the area becomes inflamed in red rings of different sizes.

Sounds like hives: What you're describing sounds most like hives (urticaria) which is an allergic reaction to something typically in the air, not something directly contacting the skin. It's difficult to say with confidence though without photos or further description. ...Read more

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Hi I have got red itchy rashes on my skin which turns dry when I scratch. Wat can be the cause? I recently moved to Australia can that affect?

Hi I have got red itchy rashes on my skin which turns dry when I scratch. Wat can be the cause? I recently moved to Australia can that affect?

Maybe: Moving to a new location, at times may affect your skin, several reasons can play a role, the weather, the relative humidity, possibly allergens in the area, or just may be the anxiety of adjusting to a new place, it can also be unrelated to moving. Skin care can help till you get to see your doctor or a dermatologist, warm bath, moisturizers, avoid dehydration, OTC antihistamine & anti itch cream ...Read more

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I keep getting rashes all over my body very itchy now it is on my head coming up in lumps seems to get worse in winter and on my shins I will scratch?

I keep getting rashes all over my body very itchy now it is on my head coming up in lumps seems to get worse in winter and on my shins I will scratch?

See a doctor: Eruptions of this nature may be infective, allergic, non-infectious inflammatory and even rarely due to underlying malignancies. Working out the cause for these may take a prolonged investigation by an experienced clinician. See your pcp and if they cannot handle this they may refer you to a dermatologist or allergist. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've developed rashes in various places on my body, they look like scratches and are itchy...Located on shoulders, chest, back, head, inner thigh?

I've developed rashes in various places on my body, they look like scratches and are itchy...Located on shoulders, chest, back, head, inner thigh?

If you have: No other signs and symptoms, apply some lotion, moisturizers, topical steroids, aquaphor ointments, take oral histamines for itching and avoid washing with hot or warm water. ...Read more

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I am experiencing skin rash (quality: itchiness, flaking or scaling). Only on neck, little red patches, seem to transfer with contact (scratching).

I am experiencing skin rash (quality: itchiness, flaking or scaling). Only on neck, little red patches, seem to transfer with contact (scratching).

Many causes...: Itchy spots can be from many causes, such as: hives, viral infections, other infections, medication causes, hot-tub rashes, heat rashes, reactions to creams or lotions, allergic reactions to various things (including foods), internal disorders (such as kidney disease, auto-immune disease), etc... That means a rash that persists or is worrisome in appearance should be checked by a doctor. ...Read more

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It looks like quick red rashes as if blood clotting right under the skin if I scratch somewhere with pressure or get hurt. What might be causing this?

It looks like quick red rashes as if blood clotting right under the skin if I scratch somewhere with pressure or get hurt. What might be causing this?

Bleeding under skin: Some have thin skin resulting in easy bruising. Some who take anti platelet meds (aspirin, plavix) suffer the same. Some have low platelet count resulting in bleeding under skin. Best to see your doctor who can see the area of concern, and make appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Skin rash, month now, skin itches, I scratch, at 1st little bumps would appear, now spreading with raised red lumps with little bumps too, sound like?

Dermograghism: See a dermatologist. Meanwhile you can take a daily antihistamine. The best one for this is Zyrtec. The generic, cetirizine, is just the same only cheaper. This is a physical urticaria, not allergy. When the skin is stroked, mast cells release histamine, causing itchy, elevated areas in the shape of the contact. Thus you can write messages on your skin. ...Read more

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Since 10 days, I am itching all over without any rashes. But when I scratch my skin gets damaged and red. Antihistamines only short term help no cure.

Since 10 days, I am itching all over without any rashes. But when I scratch my skin gets damaged and red. Antihistamines only short term help no cure.

Itching: Try Amlactin lotion and aveeno oatmeal bath in case dry skinbut follow up with doctor/urgent care this weekend. May be allergy to latex or other environmental/food issue. May need allergy referral ...Read more

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I could not stop scratching between my legs. Rashes, dark skin and feels wety between my legs, area around private par. Anus itching starting too.

I could not stop scratching between my legs. Rashes, dark skin and feels wety between my legs, area around private par. Anus itching starting too.

Fungal infection?: May be from a fungal infection especially if you sweat a lot and are overweight. Try some talcum powder on a regular basis on the area and/or antifungal cream. If not helpful, see your doctor. ...Read more

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My wife has severe whole body itching- 2 mon. When she scratches, the skin develops rashes with pimples. She took piriton&Loratadine, still not solved?

My wife has severe whole body itching- 2 mon. When she scratches, the skin develops rashes with pimples. She took piriton&Loratadine, still not solved?

Many causes: Irritation and allergic reactions. Food allergy, wool, chemicals, soaps and other substances can irritate the skin and cause itching. Dry skin, pinched nerves, shingles.
Internal diseases: diabetes, liver disease, malabsorption of wheat (celiac disease), kidney failure, iron deficiency anemia, thyroid problems and cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma.
Check up if no improvement. ...Read more

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Had a skin rash for a month, since 2 weeks after moving to a new apt. Arms, legs, and still spreading. Super itchy. Burns and spreads if scratched.

Had a skin rash for a month, since 2 weeks after moving to a new apt. Arms, legs, and still spreading. Super itchy. Burns and spreads if scratched.

Rash: Potentially something you were exposed to or maybe bites/scabies. Let your health provider examine it and get treated. It sounds miserable. All the best. ...Read more

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I feel pain in legs. N my breath shortens when I go upstairs. Rashes on skin of thighs near knees on both legs like the scars due to scratching of nail?

I feel pain in legs. N my breath shortens when I go upstairs. Rashes on skin of thighs near knees on both legs like the scars due to scratching of nail?

Be seen: Many possibilities, I would encourage you to seen. One possibility in a 20 year old female is that you have developed a rheumatologist condition. Lupus is characterized by joint pain, rash, and some people can have cardiac involvement. This is not to say you have lupus, but I would be seen to have am accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Rash appears when I scratch skin, what to do?

Dermographism??: Dermatographic urticaria (dermographism) can cause swelling or redness of skin when it is rubbed, scratched or stroked. ...Read more

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I scratch my skin hard repeatly and now I have a rash. How can I quickly get rid of it?

A bump?: Try some otc cortisone cream and stop scratching which would only make it worse. If persist, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more


Scratching (Definition)

Scratching = rubbing ...Read more