The problem of itching!

I have been scratching for 4 months now an my legs are getting pretty Beat Up. I have been taking Benadryl, an hydrocortisone, every night, but Nothing seems to work. Thanks for your help 😢 My doctor doesn't know what else to do... My whole body is itching..

All of us have itchy spots sometimes.  That totally normal!   And, those mosquito bites, flea bites and other summer bites – itch.    So for most of us, a little hydrocortisone 1%, with some calamine lotion and benadryl can be very helpful.   These are usually gone in a week or so.  If not, see your doctor.

Then, there are the allergy issues and hives which may need the attention of a doctor.   Some people are so sensitive/allergic to nickel, for example, that even a small amount in a multivitamin can cause a problem.  There are many others including plants.   Different types of eczema tend to track with the gene that codes for allergies, asthma and hayfever.  Please see an allergist.

Then though………there is whole body, intractiable itching that goes on for a long time.   You must go to see your doctor if you have this.  There are many causes – too many to mention them all here –  serious internal problems that can cause itching… thyroid problems, certain cancers, some kidney problems, certain medications……etc.   You see my point I know!

Hope this helps,  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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