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Itching: questions to ask yourself

Is there anything to see? Maybe there is a rash that is red and/or scaly, or maybe there are itchy patches. If so, your doctor should be able to work out the cause.

Is your skin too dry? For an unknown reason, dry skin is itchy skin. This is a particular problem as we get older (MIMS Dermatology 2007;3(4):40–42). Skin produces its own grease to moisturize the skin, but as we get older less grease is produced. Add to this the effects of soaps and central heating, and skin can become dry, scaly and itchy. Our legs have the fewest grease glands and so are particularly affected, producing a ‘crazy-paving’ appearance. It is most common in the winter (‘winter itch’), because of indoor heating.
Could it be flea bites? Flea bites are usually raised red areas up to 1 cm across. They are usually in groups of three or four. They are often on the neck, lower leg or at the waist (under the waistband of your clothing). Cat fleas are the usual culprits. You can get cat flea bites even if you do not have a cat, because they can remain in a dormant state in carpets for up to 1 year. When people arrive nearby, the vibration wakes them up. So if you move into a house where there were cats previously, the house can suddenly ‘come alive’ with fleas.
Could it be bed bugs? In the UK, bed bugs are becoming much more common. Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are flat insects, up to 7 mm long. They cannot fly or jump, but can run rapidly. During the day their flat shape enables them to remain hidden in cracks and crevices (such as in beds, behind loose wallpaper and in picture frames). They emerge at night to feed. Feeding takes 4–12 minutes and the insects then return to their hiding places. The most common sign is red, very itchy bites, in a line or group representing repeated feeding by a single insect. You may notice specks of blood on the bed sheets.
Getting rid of bed bugs can be very difficult. Insecticidal treatments should be combined with frequent laundering of bed linens at a high temperature (initially, every day), vacuuming of rooms, and steam cleaning and vacuuming of mattresses.
Could it be scabies? This is the most overlooked cause of itching, and it is becoming more common. It is a strong possibility if anyone else is itchy. Scabies is caused by infection with scabies mites, which are tiny creatures that live on the skin. After mating, the mites tunnel into the skin to make a tiny burrow, often between the fingers or at the wrists, where they live for several weeks and lay their eggs. The eggs hatch within a few days. After about a month, an itchy, scaly rash occurs, which is an allergic reaction to the saliva and faeces of the mites. The rash can be over most of the body, or may be on the finger webs, wrists, elbows, armpits, waist, feet or penis.
The mites cannot fly or jump, but crawl from one person to another. You usually pick up scabies by skin-to-skin contact, such as sharing a bed. Itching is often worse at night. Again, see your doctor to get a diagnosis and treatment. 
Is the itch all over, or just in one part of your body? If you are a woman, and the itch is in your genital area, look at the section on vulval itching. If your scalp is itchy, look at the section on head lice and dandruff. If your bottom is the problem, look at the section on anal itching. If the itch is in the groin, read the section on jock itch. If the itching affects only your back, alongside the shoulder blade, you have a condition doctors call ‘notalgia paraesthetica’. It is thought to be caused by trapping of very small nerves in the skin.
Have you recently had shingles? The area affected by shingles can remain itchy for weeks or months, but it will eventually stop.
Does the itching come and go? If so, you may be able to work out the cause. Intermittent raised, red, itchy patches could be ‘urticaria’, a condition that is often the result of an allergy.
Is the itching worse at night? Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes scaly patches. It also causes itching that is worse at night and affects the normal-looking skin as well as the scaly areas (Lancet 2003;361:690–94). Eczema is another skin condition that can cause bothersome itching at night.
Could you be sensitive to something? Nickel in jewellery can cause itching in people who are sensitive to it. The itching, and often a rash, occurs where the jewellery has touched the skin. Chemicals from plants or from the workplace can sometimes cause the skin that has been exposed to the chemical to itch. Working with fibreglass can cause an itchy skin irritation.
Do you have an itchy pet? If so, it could be fleas (see above) or ‘dog scabies’ (which can affect humans). In the case of dog scabies, your dog would have scaly, bald areas as well as itching.

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Thursday, May 17th 2012


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Posted by Fade on 28/08/2015 at 11:37

I am dark in complexion and i have this flaky and extreme dry skin thing all over my body except my face. It itches me sobad that it makes me feel asif i wil scrape my skin off while scratching

Posted by Optional on 25/08/2015 at 12:56

My face still iches two month s after shingles on face is there something i can do to stop it.

Posted by rajni on 01/07/2015 at 09:06

My back is getting black and I m feeling iching over there I m so scared is that any big problem please answer me ...

Posted by help please on 23/06/2015 at 12:55

I have had the little bumps appear on my body for the last couple days. They are red,zit like bumps....when you scratch them or pop them the oil comes out. They itch like crazy. They are on the bottom of my feet, legs, arms and back....i have found a few fleas on me but i dont know if thats the cause. I thought maybe poison ivy or something but the bumps arent in patches, they are like bumps near by one another, maybe 3-4 in one area...please help me!!!

Posted by xdot on 19/06/2015 at 11:11

im on tramadol I got very itchy with a new refill. my skin all over itch my scalp my nose sometimes . I eat a hot meal chicken,potatoes carrots and I start sweating in my hair its so annoying . I wish I knew whats causing it since im not taking tramadol.

Posted by fendiman on 26/04/2015 at 11:30

I think I have figured out how to resolve this after dealing with it for months. I believe it is a combined nerve endings issues as well as the body being irritated by things that did not used to bother me...soaps, laundry detergent, pet dander etc.. Also, drier skin as I have gotten older. My wife bought me an olive oil salt scrub that exfoliates as well as leaving a wonderful, soft film of Olive oil on my skin that soaks in within an hour or so... It is unbelievable... I think it is now discontinued as she found it at TJ Maxx in NYC while we're on vacation their this week. It is Somerset Toiletry Olive Oil Salt Scrub. I took a hot bath and applied and scrubbed in with my hands over my entire body including my scalp and face. After finished, I took a shower to wash off any salt left and washed my hair and face with her Nexus shampoo as I can't handle the oily feeling on my face. After drying off .... I layers down and had no issues. Hope this helps you guys, Martin

Posted by itchingtammy on 22/04/2015 at 08:39

Sun is one of the best healing for psoriasis if you have them. Just letting you know

Posted by itchygirl2015 on 16/04/2015 at 10:21

my back itches mostly during the day. it itches with clothes on. I use a perfume free, dye free detergent. It's 98% my back with 2% being alternating between my right ear and my head. I am allergic to aspirin, chocolate, and peanuts and am not exposing myself to these. I use a metal back scratcher and sometimes I feel like I could scratch through my back and still wouldn't solve the itch.

Posted by Optional on 20/03/2015 at 08:49

I got this one bump on my neck every so often an it itches it kinda freaks me out

Posted by Bianca on 21/01/2015 at 09:19

I've had these small scaly red itchy burning patches and some look like bites all over my body I've had them for about half a month in having trouble figuring what they are I know I don't have any disease because I haven't been with someone for going on 2 years just been single for my baby please help me figure it out.

Posted by Optional on 17/01/2015 at 03:15

I have been taking terbinifine for about a year. was working now l have horible itchy,red scaly skin on my feet. could this be a side affect

Posted by donna on 16/01/2015 at 11:19

i have had itching across the upper part of my back and on my left buttock. i really don't see much of a rash or have any pain...but it itches like crazy. i have tried putting lotion and witch hazel on it...and nothing helps. do you have any idea what it would be?

Posted by Tim on 11/01/2015 at 09:05

I've been taking high blood pressure medication I think its called lisinopril and I've noticed since I've been taking it the inner corners of my eyes are drying out also the inside of my ears and the outer edge of my rectum is the blood pressure medication causing this??? also where the dry skin is its very itchy

Posted by Terri on 29/12/2014 at 07:09

I do sleep with my dog - he does itch - I feel little specks of something in the bed - I wipe it clean and it reappears - I get itchy as well. There is nothing on his skin no flea dirt - I'm fine when I wake up - but my dog continues to itch.

Posted by Optional on 28/12/2014 at 10:39

I am finding black dots on my bed sheets around me and I am itching my shin blade and ankles like crazy, I have washed the sheets but it keeps coming back also there are 1 or 2 blood stains on my bed, so could anyone help me what are they?

Posted by Sam on 26/12/2014 at 02:49

My back is really itchy on and off for no reason and I don't know if its dry skin but its annoying what do I do?

Posted by Optional on 21/12/2014 at 06:59

i av sufferd with eggs in my hair i condition evry day twice morning and nite i all so use twice a week coakanut oil then evry day i put on my hair argon oil i comb with a nitty gritty comb so dont av the crawlers as i comb it twice a day but evry day i av eggs on again i av seen them coulple of times little black things wer i lived 2 years ago ad some insects in my kitchen the councel sprayed all the flats they sed they was drain flys but but somone sed they wer flying ants ive seen my doctor used evry thing made my head soar that is y i use coakanut oil i dont no if its my bed or lice it huts my scalp wen they are on it can u help please its driving me crazy bren.

Posted by A C on 19/12/2014 at 12:48

Hi I've got feet swelling and itching genitals itching armpits itching. Feet blood veins shows. Penis head itching

Posted by Optional on 04/12/2014 at 02:16

About 7 months ago i started getting little red bumps on my chest. I was staying with my girlfriend so i thought it was the soap she was using. Because I have sensitive skin. That didn't work.but went away few mouths later. So I'm back living at home now & the bumps have came back.i don't understand what they are . They are only kn my chest,back, & arms . They are not in rash form just more like a mosquito bite . Itchest times are in the mornings and at night . Please help me

Posted by Optional on 03/12/2014 at 11:27

I have been using Head and Shoulders shampoo and conditioner (it's a 2-in-1 bottle) every night. I'll use it every night just because it makes my hair look soft the next day. But, lately, I've been having these weird itches, like at my hairline and a spot at the back of my head. But, it's also December, so it could just be my scalp being dry. But Head and Shoulders treats itchiness - am I using too much of it? I asked my mother, and she said to use it every other night and on the "off" nights, was with another conditioner.

Posted by Optional on 21/11/2014 at 03:03

I'm itching all the time feels like some thing crawling crawling on me here n also feels bad like i have fiberglass all over me what can i do

Posted by Optional on 13/11/2014 at 01:24

I have suffered for the past 3 years with a very itchy back it gets worse at night. The only thing that helps is vinigar. My dermatologist prescribed a cream which did not work. 10 days ago I started a 30 day Arbonne clense Because a friend of mine had great success on some of his health issues & he lost 18 lbs. On day 8 of my clense I noticed a great reduction of my itchy back day 9 was even better. I've also lost 6 lbs I would recommend this clense to anyone with health or weight problems, Also I have been on high blood pressure for 10 years and my blood pressure or now completely normal after only 7 days of being in the clense.

Posted by Optional on 30/10/2014 at 04:25

I recently got back from deployment in Afghanistan where the bedding situation isn't so great (which in think is the cause if my problem). I have developed extremely itchy areas on the sides if my calves, shin, and arms. Nowhere else is affected at all which confuses me. I read the above symptoms and haven't found anything for just these areas.. I thought it may have been bed bugs or scabies from the mattress that have been used over the years by several, several people but after reading it doesn't sound like either. I did notice one day while still in Afghanistan that a sand mite bit me but I don't know if they have the behavior of causing itching in just these specific areas. I wake up with bloody/scabby legs due to scratching in my sleep but the fresh tiny bumps that I have not scratched are the size of a pimple and have a clearish dot in the middle which when popped is a very clear liquid. Thanks for any help

Posted by Sugar on 20/10/2014 at 09:56

I have been itching for 5 weeks around the torso the shoulders my legs and my bum .this is mainly at partner now has the problem. The itch are small spots. There are lines under the skin. Please help it is very distressing. M

Posted by 宝宝娃 on 13/10/2014 at 02:07

Why do I have so many itchy, red "dots" on my skin? What is the problem?

Posted by Israel on 09/10/2014 at 06:23

I have not experience it before in my life. it started some days ago. I just discovered that my leg started itching me most especially my foot. from there, I notice its all over my body now. only itching with no other pain. though it has not been disturbing my sleep until yesterday night which I couldn't sleep. pls help me out. I'm tired and afraid pls

Posted by Optional on 07/10/2014 at 03:14

For the past 3 day I've had red spots on my legs and buttock that itch really bad and are spreading up my body and there are now blisters on my feet

Posted by Optional on 15/09/2014 at 12:27

Hello, A little over two weeks ago, my lower legs have become really itchy. It tends to come and go. It's become worse at night. A week ago really little bumps have became visible but only on the back part of my lower legs. Any ideas on what's going on?

Posted by Optional on 31/07/2014 at 08:57

Hi ive always had itchy skin but since i fell pregnant withmy second child last year i gof a rash on my back that became quite irritating. Doctor prescribed me cream wich didnt make a difference after i gave birth it went away then came bk again quite bad its died down now but at times still gets itchy. Recently the last couple of weeks my arms and legs have been extremely itchy feels like bugs are crawling on me. When i look nothing is there. Its getting worse and not just my arms and legs qnymore its worse when im laying down and in the evening. But today its been like it all day. Its really bothering me i dont have any soars or anything when i scrarch rash appears like lil skin couloured bumps any ideas ?

Posted by prem kumar on 31/07/2014 at 09:48

iam suffering skin allergy since 4yrs,if i will be in sunlight & will get sweat & will be in heat place,then i will get itches whole body and will becom redish scratched areas..past 2years iam using medicines b-complex with citrizine.if i will stop using medicines then itching will start or else no....plzz...give me suggestion to cure this.

Posted by joycebgood on 12/06/2014 at 02:05

Frequently only one bite, always on ankle area where skin is thinnest, often in car while desk in tiny office (hiding out for months?) Never have seen insect but itching is unbearable and spreads from initial site up the leg. Have dogs apparently allergic to something but no scratching in winter. Short of flea bomb, what can I do?

Posted by Amanda on 02/06/2014 at 10:27

Hi There, A couple of weeks ago, I had (what I thought to be) bug bites all over my legs. I immediately thought they were bed bug bites, as there were patterns of 3. I haven't had any new bites, and most are gone if not, are almost all the way healed. I had welts from some of the bites, and where those welts were, are now bruises. I am still itchy at night. It gets better and better each night, but the itching is definitely still there. I am wondering what bit me, and I am wondering if I should seek medical treatment from a doctor. I also vomited 1 week after the bites appeared, and have felt nauseous a few times since then. Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, Amanda

Posted by Optional on 26/05/2014 at 06:47

i have had red spots appearing on my arms looks like teenage red spots on both arms they are on my both arms i put special dermerolgy cream on but the weather here is very hot i am worried what can this be ive had a hiv test came out negative but my skin feels very dry and some times feels ichy i also got fungal round pachy marks on my arms as well its worring me what can i do and i also got fatty lumps growing all over my body its very scary can some one help me to whats going wrong

Posted by Vav1208 on 28/09/2013 at 07:54

The following may all be related or not but need help! Brown dots or specks on chest months ago-scratched them off. Several itching red bites in almost same spot of elbow on both arms; this happened twice. Stinging, biting sensation, especially at night that was driving me insane. This went away, for most part. No symptoms for couple months then put 2 dogs in kennel for 10 days while vacationing in Ireland. One dog sick when picked up at kennel; initially diagnosed as less common form staph virus causing UTI. Lots of stress for me and dog over next 35 days. Multiple tests, etc w/ diagnosis advanced cancer (prostatic & TCC cells). Large breed English Mastiff who was 10 yrs, 3 months old. All treatment options explored but took a turn for the worse & was rapidly declining. Put down on June 12; wish it had been me and not him-toughest thing I have ever had to face. More stress at work with unexpected layoff in early August. Attended wedding mid Aug, overnite stay at nice resort/ hotel. Approx 24 hrs back at home, woke up w/ multiple flea like bites on lower left ankle and foot; more bites "appeared" as hours went by- right leg & then on arms. Treated it like chiggers but was still getting new bites, some in straight line of 3 or 4 ( immediately thought bed bugs). Visit to dermatologist who said could be scabies picked up from hotel stay. Permethrin script ( he didn't totally rule out BB's). Upon applying Permethrin, some cotton like fibers and a few black dots were on my skin or "expelled"-don't know which. Seemed to work. 3wks later at follow up appt, was still getting few odd bites. One set was 3 in - row at elbow area. Per dr's suggestion, try another treatment & return 3 wks. At both appointments, washing bedclothes and towels was all I was told. No big deal, no emergency, etc. forgot to mention that had collected multiple samples on scotch tape from bed, carpet, skin, etc. brought all in envelope and asked if could look at. Very quick glance and no microscope. In last few weeks, SO much has happened. Suspected head lice so treated for that; kept finding specks on sheet that were like little grains sand-white, brown, tan. Bought 30x loop to see what the heck! Kept finding them on sheets along with some dark spotting. Washed linens and clothes hot water, 60 mins dryer,etc. started finding all weird sorts of stuff-golden colored specks that looked like cluster of eggs under 30x ; white specks looked like crystal or cluster under 30x. Picked lint off clean clothes and small clusters disguised under multi colored threads. Really had to look close. Just in last week- started finding odd looking things that looked like yellowish seahorse with 2 black dots for eyes ; carpet beetle larvae & dead carpet beetles as well. Lots of research and did Cetaphyl hair treatment for "lice". Last couple weeks seems my dog (who shakes head and stuff hits walls- ongoing maintenance with that) has left quite a few spots on walls , doors, etc. knew I was behind with that housekeeping chore. Not sure why but this morning I looked at some wall spots with the 30x magnifier. They are clustered white or golden " eggs", seahorse thing, carpet beetle dirt and god knows what else! I am shocked! Also forgot to mention that last Friday started to see little white lines and spots on hands, arms, shins-stark white speck caught my eye and when I scratched or picked it had stuff attached to it like the crystals, etc I've now picked at about 7 and same thing. Also today, was wiping kitchen counters and saw some specks- 30x again and it's same kind of stuff! I even checked some dishes in upper kitchen can that I hardly ever use; dried specs show same stuff. Box of black trashbags I bought couple days ago ( for avoiding decontaminating) -box has some"egg clusters" on bottom & rolls of bags have some signs of eggs. I think I'm dealing with multiple pests but the physiological symptoms are scaring me ( won't even get into the psychological). I've researched and read so much but today's evidence of total infestation has put me over the edge. Aside from whole house cleaning and treatment, what type of doctor would know best on skin issues? Any feedback or assistance is greatly appreciated!

Posted by Mary on 26/09/2013 at 11:10

For about a week I have experienced severe itching mainly on my breast, under my arms, on my back, my butt cheeks, and my inner thighs and on my scalp. There is no visible rash. It feels like something is crawling on me but there is nothing there. Sometimes it feels like a sting or burn and my skin feels hot to me but not hit to touch. I recently had blood work done and my thyroid levels were good but I had a severe vitamin deficiency. I am now take a once a week B12 shot a once a day B12 supplement and and vitamin D. I'm not sure if its the vitamins doing it? Its driving me crazy!! It mostly starts up around 7pm and I will itch all night..usually goes away in the day time only to return again ;( I have been researching but keep coming back to one thing...Hodgkin's Disease ;/ I am so paranoid now!! Going to my doctor in the morning asap!!

Posted by Optional on 25/09/2013 at 01:11

I am itching all over hands back head neck legs etc..what can this be

Posted by Optional on 20/08/2013 at 02:21

Didn't find any comments related to the symptoms that I have currently. It is severely itchy under and across around my sides of my breasts. Every now and then it feels like something bites or stings me on my face or arms or legs even my neck, etc.

Posted by NEED HELP, PLEASE!!! on 28/06/2013 at 03:03

I have been getting bit by some unknown insect for about a week now. The spots turn up like mosquito bites. Only one bite at a time, recently had one bite with three tiny little ones below it. The bites are typically on my thighs and legs. At times my armpits, abdomen and head will itch but no bite. I can feel something biting but when I look I don't see anything. After scratching it goes to a sore. Yes we have animals. I have checked for bed bugs but BF didn't see anything. WE SLEEP IN THE SAME BED AND HE DOESNT GET BIT!!! I have started sleeping in a different room and less than 24 hrs later started getting bit again. Driving me crazy. I can't see the bug. Please help. I've ruled it down to bed bugs or fleas but my bites aren't like the pictures I have seen. And no there is nothing flying around me.

Posted by Optional on 09/05/2013 at 12:07

I have stretchmark in areas of my joint skin,and it itches me really bad even when i use anti stretchmark not pregant,pls hw do i stop this itches

Posted by Suzy on 24/04/2013 at 12:38

I have been suffering with severe itching and pain on the left side of my upper back along my shoulder blade. I noticed you listed a condition called notalgia paraesthetica. My question is what can I do to make it stop? What kind of Dr should I see about this condition and can it be cured?

Posted by Loyd on 21/04/2013 at 03:43

I have had itching on my head and around my ears for a month and my scalp is real scaley and red spotted.I have tried different shampos,lotans and creams and nothing helps. It feels like pins sticking in my arms.I don:t want to but I am thinking about sucide. My doctor does not understand .I feel so awful.

Posted by Optional on 07/03/2013 at 07:33

started itching about 2 weeks ago in my scalp also around my waist, now my entire back and around my hairline around my face and behind mt ears,

Posted by Optional on 11/02/2013 at 12:39

breast itching .. what would i do for this problem???

Posted by Optional on 02/02/2013 at 04:21

I'm from the US but I'm studying abroad here in Costa Rica and I noticed thw bottom of my rigt foot was itching. I didn't bother to look until this morning. I have a single red dot no bigger than an eraser from a pencil. It only itches sometimes, but when it does it itches like mad! Its on the center of my foot too....what could this be?

Posted by Jon on 05/01/2013 at 12:37

I have got rid of my scabies and I am no longer itchy any where else but my neck . Why is this ?

Posted by Optional on 30/12/2012 at 01:41

I have itching problems for years and i always think it related to my allergy, i took a Zyrtek 10mg and Quecerten every day. But it changed for worst this last 6 months, i wake up every night suffering from itching and only in my both tights/legs. My Family's Doctor prescribed me over 12 different types of medicine but they don't help.I don't have bed bugs, no animals in my home, my bed shits changed twice a week. My question, should i go see a Dermatologist or an allergist?

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Posted by Sheeraz Ali on 28/10/2012 at 07:33

I am having itching problem on lower part from my tummy to toes and the most irritated sites are thighs , hips , penis and below penis area and it gets severe in night while sleeping so it is hard to sleep , it itches so much that sometimes i shout loud or cry sure cant do anything else , plz help me get normal !

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Posted by Optional on 22/08/2012 at 06:58

If its scabbies some Hispanic fleamarkets where the sell cream have this medicine called scabisan.It works immediately.within the next day ur feeling not much itch.

Posted by Optional on 25/05/2012 at 05:56

hello sir..m suffering from some reddish spots on both on my lower parts of my legs..they are itching too..y it happened and what is the solution.kindly pls reply me

Posted by derek on 14/05/2012 at 05:58

i went to tunisia for two week i am very itchy and red all over it is very bad

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Posted by Optional on 05/05/2012 at 12:28

Ihave felt itchy for a few Days and now I have a red blotch on my arm which happened yesterday at my mums house and a red itchy blotch on my foot. What could this be? There nothing coming out the blotches and it don't seem to have a centre bit where it looks like its a bite mark...plz help

Posted by Itchy in Philly on 07/12/2011 at 10:08

Had a serious problem with fleas in my apt for months. Think owner finally solved that problem. But before exterminated, noticed red bite marks on my forearms. Over past month, arms have developed severe rash with oozing sores. Related? PS. Just found recently dead mouse in kitchen. Understand mice carry fleas. Don't have a pet. HELP

Posted by Optional on 06/12/2011 at 06:22

I was diagnosed with low count on my vitiamin d i started taking 5000mg of vitiamin d. it seems like a month after taking medication. I started with my upper back itching didn't matter what time then, it started on both sides of my face.Called physician told me to stop taking medicine and i did and still itching.The itching is getting worse moving to my arms and scalp and upper face. I have been monitoring what i eat everything but, i have not eaten or changed anything.I am very concern because the last time my eye lids looked swollen and the way the itching starts it stops and it scares me.

Posted by Optional on 08/11/2011 at 09:47

itch at night on arms back stomach neck and head had shingles two years ago is it anything to do with that no lumps or marks just feels like something is crawling on me its driving me crazy does not bother me when i go to bed

Posted by Optional on 12/05/2011 at 06:29

In February 2011 i started having trouble with my eyelids and then underneath my eyes. The doctor prescribed steriod cream but this has made them worse. I am currently using a cream to moisture the eyes. But now they are red and flaky in the corner of the eyes and underneath the eyes. It looks as thoughsomeone has hit me in the eyes. It is very embrassing and the doctor has referred me to a specialist, but the waiting list is at least 3 months. Does anyone have the same.

Posted by Optional on 04/10/2010 at 08:16

Have you checked your bed for bed bugs? It usually happens around 3am. Bed bugs hide really good in cloth, wood, or paper. Hope it's not that it feels like hell at nite.

Posted by melvin on 06/05/2010 at 10:20

a boy age 9 itch all over the body and he had day time also ,nights are worse even in his penis, could you give me the advise please,

Posted by Optional on 13/04/2010 at 02:17

very itchy skin from working with chemicals in the factory, small red spots that turns black

Posted by ron on 01/01/2010 at 09:15

can you fill flees on your skin

Posted by m. sargent on 09/09/2009 at 06:24

urteceria on myself has got to the point of unbearable have been taking fexofenadine 180mg tabs on prescription ok for 3weeks but now they do not seem to be helping at all.

Posted by Anonymous on 22/04/2009 at 09:19

red blotches on face and uper body after being out in sun very itchy very dry on face

Posted by Deb on 28/03/2009 at 08:20

I can relate to the poster called John, i have exactly the same symptoms and have still not found out what is the cause...someone please help

Posted by Wilhelmina. on 17/01/2009 at 04:20

Hi for the past 5 months I have a itchy left shoulder blade it all starded when thy found out I have cholesterol ratio 3-9 I'm 60 years old and I;m not over weight and I never had cholestrol it came up suddenly true stress .For the cholestrol he gave me Niacin and Vitamine D, the Niacin o boy I was burning inside and oudside plus had welds over my body what kind of poisen is that ?Please give me some advice thank you .Wilhelmina .

Posted by John on 11/01/2009 at 09:59

Hi for the past 4-5 months i have been itchy all over mainly my arms legs back genetal area. Been tested for scabies, allergys, and celiacs disese... none of them apply to my condition. I have raised bumpes that are really itchy, I itch so much they burst a clear fluid and bleed somtimes. It is worse at night i find my self itching whilst asleep! if anyone can shed any light i would much appreciate it. thanks john


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