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Itchy rash Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Itchy rash. 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.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the itchy rash?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Where is the itchy rash and where did it start?
  3. Is the itchy rash localized or generalized?

    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.

  4. Is the itch mild, moderate or severe?

    Why: e.g. a very itchy rash may suggest hives, atopic dermatitis, scabies, skin lice, insect bites, chicken pox, dermatitis herpetiformis; a mild to moderate itchy rash may suggest tinea, psoriasis, drug eruption, pityriasis rosea, candida or lichen simplex.

  5. Contact with anyone that also has itching rash?

    Why: e.g. may suggest scabies, chicken pox, impetigo.

  6. Past history of skin disorders that may cause itching?

    Why: e.g. atopic dermatitis (eczema), hives, scabies, dermatitis herpetiformis, asteatosis (dry skin).

  7. Have you worn any new clothing recently?
  8. Have you been exposed to anything different recently?
  9. Do you have an allergic tendency?

    Why: e.g. asthma, hayfever.

  10. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. Celiac disease may be associated with dermatitis herpetiformis.

  11. Medications?

    Why: some medications may cause sensitivities such as aspirin, morphine and codeine.

  12. Known allergies?

    Why: e.g. food allergies, insect allergies, drug allergy.

  13. Family history?

    Why: e.g. allergies, psoriasis, eczema.

  14. Occupational history?

    Why: e.g. exposure to fiberglass may cause a generalized sensitivity.

  15. Fever?

    Why: may suggest chicken pox, serum sickness, exfoliative dermatitis.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Itchy rash:

The following list of conditions have 'Itchy rash' 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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