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 itching, stinging, occasional burning sensation, and small red inflammation all over my body, which increase with sunlight exposure. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 23-year-old, and I have itching all over my body. It feels like a stinging and occasional burning sensation, especially in my palm and the sole of my foot. However, there is no visible inflammation. I only see inflammations like tiny red bumps whenever it worsens, like stepping into ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. According to the given history, they are likely to be solar urticaria. The appearance of red itchy hives or rashes after getting exposed to sunlight is urticaria. It can last for a few minutes to hours and then sub...  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. Erioli 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 long ti...  Read Full »

I have a brown spot on the head of my penis. Is this worrisome?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a brown spot on the head of my penis and a few six to seven black mole-like spots on the foreskin. I think the brown spot has been there for a couple of years, but I am not sure. Are these a cause for concern?  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation mark with penile melanosis. You can get a dermatologist prescription for hyperpigmentation by a telemedicine portal or by direct consultation. I suggest you the following treatment. 1. Apply Candid cream (Clotrimazole 1%) t...  Read Full »

I have had itching and swelling in my inner thighs for more than a week. Could it be jock itch?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had itching and swelling in my inner thighs for more than a week. I suspect it to be a jock itch, but it is getting rough and dry. Please help me with this. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are doing well. I have gone through the information that is provided by you and I do understand your concern. As you have mentioned the presence of jock itch which could be a possibility from the information that has been provided from your end, it is always...  Read Full »

I am having itchiness with rashes all over my body for the past 2 weeks. I do not have any allergies. What could this be?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to ask about my current illness. I am experiencing a sudden itching all over my body for the past two weeks, which resulted in rashes and then became a wound. Even my scrotum and penis have got rashes although I have not scratched them. But the head of the penis is not itchy as co...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The information you have provided depicts as you are suffering from any of the listed possible causes: Scabies. Papular eczema. Allergic contact dermatitis. It is quite difficult to diagnose and suggest anything without seeing the pictu...  Read Full »

I am a stage 3 CKD patient on medications but have been experiencing itching and muscular pain for a few days. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 67-year-old female who is a stage 3 CKD patient with proteinuria. I am a rheumatoid arthritis patient for 30 years and am wheelchair-bound. I have had excessive itching and muscular pain for the last few days. My creatinine level is 1.8. Currently, I am taking Dytor, Ciplox, Oxe...  Read Full »

Dr. Yash Kathuria

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern regarding itching. Itching may happen due to various reasons in CKD (chronic kidney disease) patients like increased urea or high phosphate, but these are normal here. Secondly, a high amount of parathormone may cause...  Read Full »

How to know if my 6-year-old child has chickenpox?

Query: Hello doctor, My 6-year-old child is having itchy skin rashes. How to know if it is chickenpox? Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It is one of the common viral infections. There is nothing to worry about. Chickenpox usually starts on the chest, back, trunk, face, mouth and then spreads to the legs, including the groin, private areas, and arm. It starts from the c...  Read Full »

What should I do to help my daughter with her allergic rhinitis and itching?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter has been suffering from allergic rhinitis for the last few years. It is common during the winter season to cold and cough. In the summer also the same problem persists. She is on tablet Montek LC (a combination of Montelukast and Levocetirizine). If she discontinues this ev...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The pictures you uploaded are not clear (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Anyways it looks like some allergy. Give her anti-histaminic syrup, Atarax (Hydroxyzine hydrochloride) 1.5 teaspoon twice daily for three days, and apply Lacto Calamine lotion o...  Read Full »

Why do I have skin lesions all over my body over the past two months?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 63-year-old male who has had small open lesions dotting the body on both legs, arms, abdomen, and chest for the past two months. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I would suggest the following: Fucibet (Fusidic acid and Betamethasone) cream twice daily for seven days (on lesions). Permethrin 5 percent cream at night on days one and seven (contact period eight to 12 hours). Permite BB (Permethr...  Read Full »

Why do I have dyshidrotic eczema all of a sudden?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing severe dyshidrotic eczema for the last two days, and I can barely sleep. It started with itching on the face, and the texture is rough and scaly. Then I had it on my hands and feet with tiny blisters. Previously also, I had this, but not that bad. I have used s...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the history and image provided (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), dyshidrotic eczema is an allergic reaction against particular or multiple allergens. It may also develop in case of changes in climatic conditions. Therefore, it may be on ...  Read Full »

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