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What Causes an Itchy Face?

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Updated May 03, 2010

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Several things can cause an itchy face. When your face itches, it's distracting and can be difficult to control. Causes of an itchy face may include:

  • Seasonal Allergies – seasonal or environmental allergies notoriously cause itching, specifically an itchy face

  • Dry Skin – some people get patches of dry skin on their face that can be very itchy

  • Eczema – more than just dry skin, eczema is extremely itchy and can be difficult to treat, flare ups of eczema can be caused by allergies as well

  • Food and Medication Allergies - similar to seasonal allergies, allergic reactions to food and medications can cause an itchy face

  • Rosacea - this skin condition can also cause tingling or stinging on the cheeks

If facial itching is accompanied by tongue or throat swelling, difficulty breathing or vomiting, seek medical attention immediately. These could be signs of a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.

Back to Check Your Symptoms: Itching.

Sources:

"Skin Health and Skin Diseases." NIH Medline Plus the Magazine. Fall 2008 Issue: Volume 3 Number 4 Pages 22 - 25. National Institutes of Health. 27 April 10.

Tips to Remember: Allergic Skin Conditions" American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology 2010. 27 April 10.

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