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Why do sunburns itch?

Why do sunburns itch?

Special nerves: Sunburn damages the surface layer of your skin. This outermost area is loaded with special nerve fibers called c-fibers, that respond to itch. (itch is a mechanism to protect us agains insects and other minor injuries that aren't significant enough to register as pain). Because sunburn skin damage happens in this surface layer, these nerves fire furiously until the skin is healed over again. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itching (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more


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Why do warts itch?

Why do warts itch?

Itch?: It depends on where they are, but on the foot - they usually don't itch. ...Read more

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How do you sooth extremely itchy sunburn?

How do you sooth extremely itchy sunburn?

Salve: Applying aloe vera can help. You may benefit more from salves that have Hydrocortisone in them. There are other otc treatments that have some numbing medicine in them as well. At night you might want to take an antihistamine to allow you to have better rest. You may need to see your doctor if you aren't getting any relief. Make sure you rehydrate your skin w/ water & emollients that absorbs well. ...Read more

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Why do boils itch?

Why do boils itch?

Inflammation: The inflammation associated with boils causes an irritation of the skin and nerves at the site and this can result in the sensation of itch. ...Read more

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Why do new moles itch?

Why do new moles itch?

Don't usually: Surrounding skin might itch for other reasons. Maybe eczema. You can speak to a dermatologist about it. ...Read more

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Why does dry eczema skin crack? Why do steroids help?

Why does dry eczema skin crack? Why do steroids help?

Anti-Inflammatory: Skin integrity is determined by complex network of cells, lipids, and proteins. Any disruption of this network, like eczema, can interfere with the ability of the skin to function as an effective barrier. "Cracks" allow irritants and allergens to penetrate the skin and contact immune cells, leading to the release of pro-inflammatory mediators leading to eczema. Steroids reduce this inflammation. ...Read more

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Why do my hands itch so badly?

Why do my hands itch so badly?

Many causes: Could be environmental allergies, or metabolic issues. If moisturizers do not work, see a derm. ...Read more

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Why do my feet blister, itch and smell?

Why do my feet blister, itch  and smell?

Many possibilities: The more common causes for blisters on the feet include: fungal infection, (dyshidrotic ) eczema and contact or allergic dermatitis. The smell may or may not be associated with any of these but usually related to bacterial overgrowth. See your dermatologist to find out which of these it might be and to make sure it is not some other less common cause. ...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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Why do I have itchy spider bites what can I do to make the itching stop?

Bounce: Put lot of bounces in house spiders gone, take benadryl, (diphenhydramine) may be steroids for 7 days. , next time put nickel coin on bite it works. ...Read more

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Why do breast always itch?

Unclear cause: Itching is a vague symptom with lots of causes. Probably the best thing to do is to schedule a visit for a complete examination. ...Read more

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Why do my legs itch so badly, after showers?

Why do my legs itch so badly, after showers?

LEGS ITCH: Your legs might itch from the soap you are using. Have you changed your soap lately? Or it might be from the towels you are using to dry them off after the shower. Change laundry detergents to all free & clear. Use a mild soap like cetaphil or aveeno (oatmeal). ...Read more

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Why does my vagina itch but not burn at all?

Why does my vagina itch but not burn at all?

Infection : Itching or burning or both can be signs of irritation or infection. Yeast infection is a common cause. ...Read more

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Bad eczema and really bad dry skin, what do you recommend for lotions? That won't sting when I use it?

Bad eczema and really bad dry skin, what do you recommend for lotions? That won't sting when I use it?

Eczema: Use eucerin, cerave, vanicream, or plain vaseline, the greasier the better. You need to do it regularly and it will stop stinging in a few days once your skin is hydrated. Wrap the affected skin over night with gauze to keep the moisturizer in direct contact with the skin for better effects. ...Read more

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What do i do for skin rash?

What do i do for skin rash?

Depends...: It all depends on what type of skin rash is. Not all rashes area the same or treated the same way. Please provide more information and if possible a picture. ...Read more

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Red extreme itchy skin on scotum. What do I do ?

Red extreme itchy skin on scotum. What do I do ?

See a doctor: you need to see a doctor foe proper evaluation and treatment. the list is so long about the possibilities. could be fungus,allergy,STD, infection so go and see a doctor ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive exposure to the sun that causes damage ...Read more