- Itching skin:
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a doctor would ask.
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Itching skin. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: to determine if acute or chronic.
Why: localized itching is generally caused by common skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis (eczema), urticaria (hives), dermatitis herpetiformis, scabies, skin lice, asteatosis (dry skin), lichen planus, chicken pox, contact dermatitis and insect bites.
Why: may suggest a primary skin condition as a cause of the itching rather than a systemic condition.
Why: pregnancy may cause itching all over especially in the third trimester. The itch usually disappears after childbirth.
Why: e.g. may suggest scabies.
Why: e.g. atopic dermatitis (eczema), hives, scabies, dermatitis herpetiformis, asteatosis (dry skin).
Why: some systemic conditions may cause generalized itching including primary biliary cirrhosis, obstructive jaundice , lymphoma, myeloproliferative disease, chronic renal failure, iron deficiency, polycythaemia rubra vera, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus and carcinoid syndrome. Primary biliary cirrhosis may be associated with Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis. Celiac disease may be associated with dermatitis herpetiformis.
Why: some medications may cause sensitivities such as aspirin, morphine and codeine.
Why: e.g. food allergies, insect allergies, drug allergy.
Why: e.g. allergies.
Why: e.g. exposure to fiberglass may cause a generalized sensitivity.
Why: almost every generalized rash may be associated with itching all over but the most common ones are urticaria (hives), dermatitis herpetiformis, eczema, scabies and pemphigus.
Why: may suggest lymphoma, leukemia.
Why: may suggest diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism or pregnancy.
Why: e.g. tiredness, dizziness, ringing in the ears, facial redness, redness of the eyes, severe itching of the skin especially triggered by a hot bath. May be complicated by angina chest pain, intermittent claudication and gout.
Why: e.g. lethargy, weight gain, constipation, puffiness of face and eyes, hair loss, dry itchy skin.
Why: e.g. emotional lability, agitation, nervousness, tremor, palpitations, loose bowel motions, intolerance to heat, facial flushing, sweating of the hands, muscle weakness, weight loss despite normal or increased appetite, itchy skin.
Why: e.g. heavy periods, rectal bleeding, vomiting blood, melena.
Why: e.g. spontaneous or induced bluish-red flushing, usually of the face or neck, abdominal pain, recurrent watery diarrhea - This syndrome occurs in only 5% of patients with carcinoid tumors and only when there is liver metastases.
Why: e.g. earliest symptom is itching all over but is most marked on the palms and soles. Later may develop jaundice and enlarged liver and spleen.
Why: e.g. tiredness, reduced appetite, insomnia, frequency of urination, nausea, vomiting.
Why: e.g. painless enlarged lymph nodes (especially in the neck), malaise, weakness, weight loss, fever, night sweats, itchy skin, pain in the enlarged lymph nodes with consumption of alcohol.
The following list of conditions have 'Itching skin' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have 'Itching skin'
or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.
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