Thursday, October 22, 2009


Itching can be best described as a peculiar tingling or uneasy irritation of the skin that creates a desire to scratch the affected area. Itching is a common problem faced by many people at some or the other point in life. Itching could be the result of a variety of reasons such as allergies (to food, plants or pets), insect bites, stings, skin disease or even poor hygiene. Itching can be annoying as the skin is irritated and gives you the constant need to scratch the affected area. Constant or repeated scratching can bruise the skin, making it sore and even painful. Itching could be generalized where in the whole body is affected or localized wherein a particular area is irritated.Tendency to scratch continually to relieve itching sensation,Redness of skin,Scraped skin as a result of vigorous scratching,Prolonged scratching and rubbing can result in thick and scarred skin,Red spots,Scaly patches,Blisters


Itching can be caused by a plethora of reasons. Some of the most common causes for itching include -

Exposure or contact with chemicals.

Sunburn can cause itching.

Insect bites or stings.

Certain infectious diseases such as chicken pox cause itching on the skin.

Parasites on the body such as body, head or pubic lice can cause itching.

Itching can be the result of an allergic reaction to certain foods, plants or pets.

Dry skin is a common cause for itching. This is usually seen in older people as aging skin is often dehydrated.

Cold weather, overexposure to water and hot baths typically cause itching.

An unfavorable medication could cause itching as a reaction.

Itching can happen during the later part of pregnancy due to the stretching of the skin especially on the lower abdomen area.

Skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Seborrheic dermatitis, Urticaria, Pityriasis rosea can cause severe itching.

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