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Itchy Skin

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about itchy skin?

Itchy skin may interfere with your daily tasks and sleep. Treatment is important because constant scratching can damage your skin and increase your risk of infection.

What causes itchy skin?

How is itchy skin diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms. Tell your provider if you have recently tried any new foods, creams, or cosmetics. Your provider may ask if you have traveled, or been around people or animals that are sick or scratching. Your provider will examine your skin, abdomen, and lymph nodes. You may also need blood tests or skin samples to check for an infection or other possible causes of itchy skin.

How is itchy skin treated?

Treatment depends on the cause of your itchy skin. If you have a medical condition that is causing itchy skin, treatment of the condition will be needed. Treatment may include the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I manage itchy skin?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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Further information

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