Dry Skin and Itching - When to Call a Doctor

Call your doctor if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • You itch all over your body but there is no obvious cause or rash.
  • Itching is so bad that you cannot sleep, and home treatment is not helping.
  • Your skin is badly broken from scratching.
  • You see signs of infection, including:
    • Increased pain, swelling, redness, warmth, or tenderness.
    • Red streaks extending from the area.
    • Discharge of pus.
    • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher with no other cause.
    • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, or groin.
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