Commonly a symptom of many other dermatologic conditions, itching can occur on its own, although it is often accompanied by other symptoms. Many people who have itchy skin (called pruritus) can self-diagnose and take care of their skin with moisturizers, gentle cleansers, and possibly anti-itch cream, but a dermatologist’s diagnosis is often the only way to obtain long-term relief and knowledge of what’s causing the itching in the first place.
Anywhere on the body can be affected by itchy skin on a daily basis, although chronic itchiness may be a sign that something is wrong. Itchiness can affect small or large areas, as well as the whole body. Itching can occur to otherwise normal-looking skin or be present alongside other symptoms, such as:
- Bumps or raised skin
- Scaly skin
Intense, long-lasting itchiness may be a sign you need to be checked out by a dermatologist, who can help you stop itching and prevent the itching from returning in the future.
Many skin conditions can cause itching, including:
- Allergic reaction
- Mental health disorders
- Underlying illness (kidney disease, diabetes, etc.)
- Nerve disorders
Our dermatologist not only takes physical examinations of your skin in the affected area but also your medical history into account when making a diagnosis to ensure we treat the root cause of the condition, not just the symptoms.
There are a host of dermatologic conditions that can include itching, and many of them share symptoms, which makes diagnosing itching disorders a complex task. Diagnostic tools such as a blood test and physical examination help dermatologists isolate the cause, whether simple or serious and get you the treatment you need. Depending on your unique case, the first line of action may not completely solve the issue, and further testing or different treatment methods may be used.