Q. What should I do for itching arms and legs?

Answered by
Dr. Suvash Sahu
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 07, 2016 and last reviewed on: Feb 19, 2020

Hi doctor,

My arms and legs have started itching very badly from last three to four days. First I thought it is happening due to not applying moisturizer after swimming. Now, I am applying all kinds of moisturizer and oils, but no effect. It is not dry but very itchy. When I stretch my arms or legs, it starts itching very badly. What is the reason of this itching and what should I do? Please help.

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetology Dermatology Venereology
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

From your descriptions it seems that you are suffering from scabies (swimming pool induced). If you can send some pictures, it will be helpful for me in management part.

Scabies is an intensely pruritic skin infestation caused by the mite.

The diagnosis of scabies can often be made clinically with a pruritic rash and characteristic linear burrows over limbs.

Regarding treatment, you can you use single below neck application all over body of 5% Permethrin cream during night, leave it for 10-12 hours and then take a bath.

Also, take tablet Ivermectin 12 mg single dose.

Wash your used clothes thoroughly and use fresh clothes after bath and get a review after one week.

Revert back for review after a week to a dermatologist online -->https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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