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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

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


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My back itches whenever I get warm! What causes this?

My back itches whenever I get warm! What causes this?

Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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14 year old brother keep saying his back itches after shower?

14 year old brother keep saying his back itches after shower?

Likely allergic: Many people are sensitive to anti-bacterial soap, which has no benefit over regular soap. Another possibility is being sensitive to the detergent that the towels are washed in--you may switch to one which is perfume and additive-free. Eliminate possible causes one at a time. ...Read more

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My lower back itches in spasms. There is no mark and it seems better when I stand.

My lower back itches in spasms. There is no mark and it seems better when I stand.

Likely dry skin: Itching can be caused by many different things. Depending on how long and how often this happens you can try treating it with several different options. If it appears to be related a reaction to your clothers, a new laundry detergent or to a fabric softener try discontinuing those offending agents. Often itching can be caused by dry skin or even eczema. Try using lotion oranti itch topical cream. ...Read more

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Whenever I get warm my back itches like crazy. It feels like pins sticking in. How can I treat this.

Whenever I get warm my back itches like crazy. It feels like pins sticking in. How can I treat this.

Dry skin?: You may have dry skin. Try avoiding scented or antibacterial soap and applying a moisturizer over your back if not the entire body immediately after bathing and see this helps (may take a few days). See dermatologist if problem persists. ...Read more

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My back itches a lot everyday only in the winter. I tried a lot of lotions but nothing is helping me. What do you recommend?

Moisturizing soaps: Winter can cause dry skin and itching, try changing to a moisturizing soap, and if severe, check with a dermatologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Top part of back itches for over 2 weeks and fills bumpy and it feels the same as a scab?

Top part of back itches for over 2 weeks and fills bumpy and it feels the same as a scab?

Dry skin: Presumably u may be having long showers and the water falling on ur back may have removed a lot of fat from the skin -making it dry, itchy and rough. If so try to lessen the baths and esp try to avoid hot water baths. Use luke warm water instead and quick baths. A moisturizing cream may also help. If not better or if I surmised incorrectly see a dermatologist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Do skin cancers ever itch? My back itches a lot and I can't see it

Typically no itching: You may have dry skin or be allergic to something in contact with your back. Look in the mirror, have a friend or partner look at it, if it persists see your physician. ...Read more

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Painful sore on back itches and hurts and has increased in size over few days.?

Painful sore on back itches and hurts and has increased in size over few days.?

Get it looked at: Since you can't see it particularly well, I might suggest you get it checked out by a/your doctor to make sure it's not a skin infection that needs to be treated. The fact that it hurts and is growing concerns me that it could be a skin structure infection that needs to be treated with an antibiotic. ...Read more

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My back itches and sometimes there's small bums. It also affects the back of my neck & scalp. I will scratch till my skin bleeds. Normal?

My back itches and sometimes there's small bums. It also affects the back of my neck & scalp. I will scratch till my skin bleeds. Normal?

Dry skin - showers?: The most common cause is dryness of the skin precipitated by showers. After each shower, rub lotion such as Cetaphil or Aveena on back and legs to moisturize skin. If this doesn't resolve the problem within two weeks, consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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A few days ago, small red, raised spots appeared on my abdomen. They have now spread to my shoulders & back. Itches at times, hardly though. Serious?

A few days ago, small red, raised spots appeared on my abdomen. They have now spread to my shoulders & back. Itches at times, hardly though. Serious?

Possible rash: Rashes are best treated by first determining the cause. I would recommend that you see your doctor since it is difficult to diagnose online. ...Read more

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The roof of my mouth, the soft part in the back. Itches and irritates me every morning. Maybe in the evening. It's getting annoying now. Why?

The roof of my mouth, the soft part in the back. Itches and irritates me every morning. Maybe in the evening. It's getting annoying now. Why?

Mouth breathing: There are some researchers who believe that mouth breathing and associated hyperventilation causes or exacerbates asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, and many other medical problems. Dentists are the first to identify the symptoms of mouth breathing.
Rec.: see your dentist for consultation, treatment or referral. ...Read more

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Inside of my nose is peeling, raw and very itchy. Back of throat itches as well. Could this be from allergies?

Inside of my nose is peeling, raw and very itchy. Back of throat itches as well. Could this be from allergies?

Very likely: Allergies can directly affect the nose and throat with itching and burning. Nasal drainage can also aggravate throat symptoms. Try otc like allegra, claritin, zyrtec, benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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I had poison oak for two weeks. It has now being replaced by a rash with small red bumps on my ribs, chest, back-itches, burns and a yeast infection?

I had poison oak for two weeks. It has now being replaced by a rash with small red bumps on my ribs, chest, back-itches, burns and a yeast infection?

Possible: Looking at the rash in the picture without actually seeing the patient will suspected a viral lesion condyloma contagiosum. This can occur in patients with weakened immune system if you took Prednisone. It will spread by scratching it. It will usually resolve after a long time without treatment. Use anti itch meds may help. A visit to a Dermatologist may clarify diagnosis and help in management ...Read more

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Aspecific back area itches: upper left 1/4 area. Often severe. Sporadic. What does this mean?

Aspecific back area itches: upper left 1/4 area. Often severe. Sporadic. What does this mean?

Nostalgia parastheti: This is a localized itching or even burning sensation on the upper back which will become disclosed from scratching and rubbing. There is damage to a small nerve fiber. Treatmentvcan include topical steroids and anesthetic, for resistant cases an injection of dilute steroids and anesthetic can improve the condition. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a mole itches on a person's back?

What does it mean when a mole itches on a person's back?

See your doctor: If your mole is changing or you are unable to tell if it is a bug bite see your doctor for a diagnosis. If it needs to be removed or biopsied your doctor will be able to help you with that. ...Read more

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What does it mean medically when my left palm itches?

What does it mean medically when my left palm itches?

Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, sun exposure, insect bites, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I am 29 and I have has 3 breast core biopsies. All which were fibroadenomas. But lately off and on my left Breast Itches badly. What could that mean?

Probably Nothing but: I would advise seeing your physician and having an evalaution. Many things can cuae breast itching, but a significant one is breast cancer. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my left eye and face itches really bad?

Allergy or infection: It may be an allergic reaction to food, makeup, soap, insect sting. It also may be an infection of the eye or surrounding skin. Also a nerve infection or irritation may cause itching. Herpes can also cause itching and if it is in the eye needs immediate treatment as that may affect permanent damage to the eyesight. ...Read more

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I have a semi hard lump on toward the back left of my head that now hurts/itches and an suffering with cronic sinusitis for 7 months is this linked?

I have a semi hard lump on toward the back left of my head that now hurts/itches and an suffering with cronic sinusitis for 7 months is this linked?

Lymphadenitis: An inflamed lymph node may be responsible for this, but there is no way to confirm this over the internet. The inflammation may have emanated from the sinuses, but this is supposition based upon supposition. Go and see your ENT doctor and have them examine you and give an informed opinion. ...Read more

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Lump directly behind left ear lobe. Itches and full of pus. Popped it 5 times, but is back the next day. Sometimes hard, sometimes squishy.

Lump directly behind left ear lobe. Itches and full of pus. Popped it 5 times, but is back the next day. Sometimes hard, sometimes squishy.

Cyst or lymph node: Either you have a lymph node or more likely an infected sebaceous cyst. Once it pops it will continue to pop. You can try warm compress and meticulous cleaning but it will recur soon or years later. Treatment for the cyst requires cutting it out. It can be done in the office. A general surgeon will have experience with this also plastics and ENT. ...Read more

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I have a scab that itches on my left leg, when I pick it it turns red and bleeds and comes back the same way kind of like a callus or a wart, it isblac?

I have a scab that itches on my left leg, when I pick it it turns red and bleeds and comes back the same way kind of like a callus or a wart, it isblac?

Need to examine: A non-healing ulcer is a cause for concern. It may be a venous stasis ulcer, seborrhic keratosis, or less likely a skin carcinoma. It would be prudent to see a doctor and if need be, have it excised and tissue examined by a pathologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my inner ear itches and when it does the back of my throat does too?

Eustachian tube: You may have some bacteria in the eustachian tube area. Get a rx for Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) from your dentist. This is a liquid that you can have soak (not swish) in you mouth to disable bacteria and assist in the healing of irritated and sore tissue. The nih results was that this solution will soak into the tissue and time release over the next 12 hours. ...Read more

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Back in the fall I had poison ivy on my left arm. I now have a red rash the shape of the rash I had and it itches. Can it come back? Without exposure?

Urushiol: Without exposure to poison ivy you shouldn't get a new case of poison ivy dermatitis. But if there was any urushiol (sticky chemical that causes itching) left behind on clothing or surfaces that could still cause you reacte. ...Read more

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Bump on the back left of the throat. Don't look like tonsilliths. Say it feel like he's swallowing hair. Itches and little sore. Any ideas?

Bump on the back left of the throat. Don't look like tonsilliths. Say it feel like he's swallowing hair. Itches and little sore. Any ideas?

Go see family doc: Near impossible to provide any advice besides to go see family doc for evaluation. Could be early infection but can't determine whether viral or bacterial. If former, no need for antibiotics. Need testing to determine one from other. Watch closely for any change in typical activity & behavior. Family doc can help determine if needs emergent/urgent care eg difficulty swallowing etc ...Read more