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What are common causes of itching beneath the surface?

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Your skin may let you know when something is not quite right inside your body. This itch can be a symptom of deeper problems.

  • Hives: You get them from allergies. They look like raised welts that show up alone or in clusters, and they are usually itchy. Stress, heat, exercise, or exposure to the sun can also bring them out.
  • Psoriasis: It makes your body overproduce skin cells, which pile up in itchy, inflamed patches on the skin’s surface. Doctors don’t know the exact cause, but the immune system may be involved.
  • Pregnancy: More than one in 10 pregnant women say itching is a problem. The reasons range from harmless rashes to more serious conditions.
  • Medications: Some may make your skin itch, even with no signs of a rash or irritation. Check with your doctor if the itch becomes too uncomfortable.

From: Why Do I Feel So Itchy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: “Skin Allergy.”

American Academy of Dermatology.

Jain, S. , October 2013. Current Psychiatry

Moses, S. , September 2003. American Family Physician

National Cancer Institute: “Pruritus.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriasis.”

Oaklander, A. , March 2012. Acta Dermato-Venereologica

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation: “Pruritus.”

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Yosipovitch, G. Dermatologic Therapy, March 2008.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 6, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: “Skin Allergy.”

American Academy of Dermatology.

Jain, S. , October 2013. Current Psychiatry

Moses, S. , September 2003. American Family Physician

National Cancer Institute: “Pruritus.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriasis.”

Oaklander, A. , March 2012. Acta Dermato-Venereologica

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation: “Pruritus.”

Yonova, D. April-June 2007. Hippokratia,

Yosipovitch, G. Dermatologic Therapy, March 2008.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 6, 2017

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