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What are common causes of itching beneath the surface?

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Reasons include:

  • 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.
  • 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.

SOURCES:

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

American Academy of Dermatology.

Jain, S. Current Psychiatry, October 2013.

Moses, S. American Family Physician, September 2003.

National Cancer Institute: “Pruritus.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriasis.”

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

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation: “Pruritus.”

Yonova, D. Hippokratia, April-June 2007.

Yosipovitch, G. Dermatologic Therapy, March 2008.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 9, 2019

SOURCES:

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

American Academy of Dermatology.

Jain, S. Current Psychiatry, October 2013.

Moses, S. American Family Physician, September 2003.

National Cancer Institute: “Pruritus.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriasis.”

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

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation: “Pruritus.”

Yonova, D. Hippokratia, April-June 2007.

Yosipovitch, G. Dermatologic Therapy, March 2008.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 9, 2019

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