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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Should I be worried about an itchy mole turning dark?

Query: Hi doctor,I recently have a new situation on my right leg, just under the knee cap area. I am 35-year-old, and for my whole life, I thought I had a mole there. Still not sure if it is an actual mole or not. It is mostly flat, with a normal dark color similar to a mole and in size similar to an avera...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Meena

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I also appreciate the detailed history of progression and very nice photographic documentation (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The condition is known as Meyerson nevus, other names are Meyerson phenomenon or halo derm...  Read Full »

Can underarm sprays make your armpits itch?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20-year-old. I have had itchy armpits ever since I have used men underarm by the dove. When I use to spray, it starts again. I am using E45 cream. Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Is there any history of atopy? What is the nature of rash? Are there any lesions or itchy papules? Are there any annular inflammatory lesions? Is there any irritation, swelling, redness, or excess sweating? Do you use tight occlusive wear? Is there any odor? Please ans...  Read Full »

Do red spots with intense itching around the thighs indicate tinea cruris?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having red spots and intense itching around my thighs (almost all of the pubic hair area around my genitals). And as a result, I itch every day, and it gets bad at times that I have to scratch a lot. I have it for around a month. Could it be because of the continuous usage of...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems you are having tinea cruris. Tinea cruris is a fungal infection of the groin. I suggest you follow the general measures such as: 1) Do not keep the area wet at all. Use Clotrimazole powder frequently to keep it dry. 2) Avoid itching and do not scratch it...  Read Full »

Why do I have recurrent pain in my penis with blisters and itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I got blisters, itching, and pain in my penis seven months back. It recurred again and again for almost 12 months. So my doctor did HSV IgG and IgM tests. All my results came back negative. But he gave me Acyclovir 400. What does it mean? Do I suffer from genital herpes?   Read Full »

Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Community Medicine Physician, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Preventive Medicine Physician, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to HSV (herpes simplex virus) 1 and 2 IgM (immunoglobulin M) and IgG (immunoglobulin G) can show negative results even while having herpes. You can repeat the test again. It can come back positive now. Herpes is known for its recurrence. But it is not a dreadful diseas...  Read Full »

Will eczema cause dry brown patches that spread to genitals?

Query: Hello doctor, For a few months now, I have had brown and very dry patches that have appeared all over my body. And this causes repeated irritations and boils. This leaves me with constantly irritated skin. I have also noticed that it is starting to affect my genitals in the pubic area. What can I d...  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your complaints and seen the image of the medicines (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), but the pictures of the affected areas are not getting downloaded. According to your complaints, it seems a case of eczema. I recommend y...  Read Full »

Is weather change a precipitating factor for itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been feeling generalized itching on my body. It happens on any part, no specific area. I dont know if it is due to dryness or change in weather. Yesterday I took Allegra 180, and it got normal for a while. Immediately after taking a shower, it gets worse, but after 30 minutes, it ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please note what the conditions are each time that aggravate or precipitate itching. Sometimes weather change can start it. Also, look for other factors like any medications like painkillers or antibiotics, or food allergies which can do this. These days use of sanitize...  Read Full »

Is it safe to get the COVID vaccine when there is pompholyx eczema?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 20 years old. She has chronic urticaria for more than five years. She is suffering from eczema (pompholyx) in the palm and sole for four years. She has Intense and prolonged itching in the vesicles of pompholyx in the palm and sole with occasional pain disturbing sleep and...  Read Full »

Dr. Jebin Abraham

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Allergy Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Pompholyx is a recurring illness for which exact etiology is not known. However, I wish to know the following things: 1) What is her latest TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) level? 2) Does she have any food allergies? 3) Does she have any drug allergies? Please ans...  Read Full »

Will the application of steroids on the affected area aggravate tinea?

Query: Hi doctor, I am attaching the photo of the affected area for your reference. I have severe itching in the back of my thighs, buttocks, and around my genital parts. There is a reddish round shape allergy and bumps on the affected area. The itching in this area is so bad, and I am having itching in o...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Meena

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the picture attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is tinea, also known as dermatophytosis, a type of fungal infection. Stop Candid-B cream (Clotrimazole with Beclometasone), as it has steroids and will only worsen this conditi...  Read Full »

How to get resolved from the problem of chronic urticaria?

Query: Hi doctor, I have chronic urticaria. I have done some allergy tests. I am allergic to dust mites, mussels, and tuna. I followed different diets to have some relief. But still, I feel itchy in certain parts of my body. When I start scratching, it seems to spread all over my body. Currently, I take...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahendra Thakre

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You are suffering from chronic urticaria. It is defined by episodic urticaria (hives) occurring with a duration of more than six weeks. It causes marked distress to patients as it creates uncomfortable situations by interfering with works ...  Read Full »

Why am I having intense itching, which worsens at night, and there are bumps seen all over the body?

Query: Hi doctor, I have redness and bumps in multiple places on my body, on both legs, on my hips, under my hands where you put deodorant, on my buttocks. It can get really itchy sometimes, and it has been there for almost ten days now. I tried using Hydrocortisone cream a few days ago but did not see mu...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Meena

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It looks like you have got scabies, a condition caused by a mite. It cannot be seen by naked eyes, only under the microscope. Symptoms include intense itching, which worsens at night, and bumps are seen all over but more prominent between ...  Read Full »

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