Itching and its causes

Darrell By Darrell , 28th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/e6v4g8d9/
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Excessive scratching of an itch can cause bleeding and can lead to infection of the body part that was itching. Itching can also be a symptom of a number of illnesses, environmental conditions and psychological problems.

Excessive scratching

Everyone will experience itching every now and then and is not a serious problem for most people. Usually when someone has an itch the reaction is to scratch what part of the body that is itching. The scratching of an itching part of the body will make the itch seem less irritating.

Excessive scratching of an itch can cause bleeding and can lead to infection of the body part that was itching. Itching can also be a symptom of a number of illnesses, environmental conditions and psychological problems.

Itching can be caused by an adverse drug reaction or from an allergic reaction. Many drugs may have the side effect of itching mentioned in the side effects section of your drug prescription.

The most common drugs that cause itching are penicillin and other antibiotics, aspirin and aspirin like products, and barbiturates.

If you have an itching side effect because of a drug you were prescribed by your doctor or any doctor you should tell the doctor who prescribed the drug of your itching side effect.

Allergic reactions can cause itching of the nose and eyes and can cause itchy hives or

skin rashes. Allergic reactions can be caused by a person coming in direct contact with foods, medications, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac or any type substance that you may come in contact with or ingest.

Eczema is a usually an itchy red rash. With eczema you may have small blisters that leak and then become crusted. Eczema can be chronic and may be related to other skin conditions such as allergic or contact dermatitis.

Fungus or yeast infections can certainly cause a person to itch. Examples of this kind of itch are athletes foot, ringworm, and vaginitis.

Dry skin is the most common cause for a person to itch. The elderly are more prone to have dry skin and in the winter time everyone’s skin is prone to be dryer.

Insect bites can make a person itch for a prolonged time because this helps relieve the pain from the venom that was injected into the skin.

Parasites on or under a person’s skin can cause intense itching.

Rashes can be irritating and very itchy and a number of diseases produce rashes such as chickenpox, herpes, and shingles.

Itching can be due to systemic diseases such as thyroid disorders, leukemia, kidney disease, jaundice, lymphoma, and other diseases that are systemic diseases.

Emotions and stress are psychological problems and can also cause itching.

If you develop a itching problem and the itching persists for a prolonged time you may want to talk to you primary care doctor about treatment.

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Antibiotics, Aspirin, Barbiturates, Chickenpox, Diseases, Herpes, Itching, Jaundice, Kidney Disease, Leukemia, Lymphoma, Penicillin, Shingles, Systemic Diseases, Thyroid Disorders

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author avatar smoothoperator
29th Jul 2010 (#)

What a research you have done before writing!!! Great article. I was in fact not thinking of an itch when I was reading. But soon I was scratching.

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