Itching or pruritus is the irritating sensation that you have, which relieves on scratching. Some common conditions that cause itching are dry skin, food allergy, end-stage kidney disease, candidiasis, cirrhosis, contact dermatitis, hives, skin rashes, impetigo, body or head lice.

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I have thick skin pads, redness, and pain when out in sunlight. What is it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have thick skin pads on my cheeks, and the symptoms have all the hallmarks of rosacea, redness, itchiness, pain in sunlight, blushing, etc. I was becoming very self-conscious of my face and wondered if I could do anything to reduce the symptoms. It started almost 10 to 15 years ago, but...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, it seems to be a manifestation of rosacea. Please send good quality photographs taken in natural light to confirm the diagnosis and to provide you the proper treatment.   Read Full »

I have an itching and tingling sensation in my body and eyes, after boric acid ingestion a month ago. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old female weighing about 125 pounds. I took 600 mg of boric acid and accidentally touched some of the powder almost a month ago. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with heart palpitations and hypokalemia. That was resolved shortly with Potassium medication. A month after t...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would explain that your symptoms are not related to that episode. I think it could be just a little anxiety or vitamin deficiency. For this reason, I suggest you to check your blood electrolytes, thyroid hormone levels, vitamin D, and ...  Read Full »

Can the itchy signs on my breast be a sign of breast cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have two indented lines about 1 inch long across the top of my breast. I noticed them this morning, and they have not gone away. Should I be concerned about this? Is this a sign of cancer?  Read Full »

Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is not a sign of a breast cancer. So, you should not be worried. Signs of breast cancer include discharge from the nipples, lumps, puckering (tethering) of the skin around the nipple, constant dull aching pain, and a continuous inversion of the nipple. Th...  Read Full »

I have external and internal piles associated with itching. What to do to resolve itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 28 years old and my height is 6 feet 2 inches, and I weigh 98 kg. I have external and internal piles. And, I have itching but no bleeding. Also, I am not under any medications. Kindly suggest a solution to my problem.  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Welcome to I see your weight seems to be very high and you also have constipation. In this case, it is common to have external and internal piles. In the picture that you have uploaded, I can only see the external piles (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Since inte...  Read Full »

My wife has itching and skin peeling on her feet. How to manage the peeling skin?

Query: Hi doctor,My wife has itching and peeling on her feet, especially when she wears shoes throughout the day. She has had this issue since childhood. She tried tablet Hydrocortisone, but it did not help. How to manage?  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi,Welcome to wife's symptoms indicate plantar keratoderma.1. Ask her to avoid chronic friction or ill-fitting footwear and ask her to wear soft sandals.2. Ask her to apply Liquid Paraffin lotion for 21 days.3. Ask her to avoid injury or trauma at the site.4. Ask her to avoid scratc...  Read Full »

I have had itching for a week and a few patches on my penis head. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, My penis head is itching, and certain areas have a few red patches. It has been occuring for almost a week.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayankutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. According to your history, it might be Candidial Balanoposthitis. Candidial Balanoposthitis is a fungal illness that causes itchy red patches on the glans penis (the head), as you have mentioned. It may also cause slight cracks and swellin...  Read Full »

I have itchy and burning red rashes around my neck. What can I do to prevent it? Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have red rashes around my neck, causing itching and burning sensations.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It looks like Miliaria (sweat dermatitis). It appears to be the source of your condition, caused by an allergy to extreme heat and sweating. For a week, take the following medications and take a cold bath twice daily. Apply Momate (Mometas...  Read Full »

Why does alcohol make me itch?

Query: Hi doctor, Whenever I drink alcohol, I am getting itchy in my scalp, face and behind the ears. What could the reason? Please explain.  Read Full »

Dr. Eriol Braholli

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Itching and flushing may occur with alcohol consumption as an allergic reaction or if there is any deficiency of the enzyme, which destroys alcohol metabolite (Acetaldehyde). Liver diseases may also lead to these symptoms if you are an alcohol consumer for a lon...  Read Full »

I am experiencing sore throat and back pain, along with rashes and blisters on my body. Can it be chickenpox or an allergy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 38-year-old and weigh 67 kilograms. I felt an itch in my body two days ago, and yesterday small blisters appeared on my body. I am also feeling a slight sore throat and back pain. Is it due to allergies or chickenpox? I have no fever.   Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please send me a picture as it will help diagnose the problem. Meanwhile, if fluid-filled blisters are there, it is chicken pox. I advise you to consult with a specialist doctor, talk with them and take the medicines mentioned below with their consent. 1) Tablet PAN...  Read Full »

I got a tick bite two days back with rashes and itchiness. What can I do to get rid of it?

Query: Hi doctor,I got a tick bite two days ago. I was not sure how long it was on me. But now, a lump with red rashes has developed. It is itchy, and a liquid is coming out of it. I feel very tired with headaches. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Is there any black sting on the bitten site? Usually, the tick sting will be present; if so, please remove it. I recommend you take the following medications. 1) Tablet Wysolone (Prednisolone) 5 mg twice a day. 2) ...  Read Full »

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