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What serious illnesses can itching be a symptom of?

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Itchiness usually has a simple, common cause. But in some cases, if it doesn’t go away, it could be a sign of a serious illness, such as:

  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Thyroid problems
  • Certain cancers, particularly Hodgkin’s disease
  • Diabetes
  • Iron deficiency
  • HIV

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.”

Yonova, D. April-June 2007. Hippokratia,

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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