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What Causes Itchy Skin?

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Updated June 11, 2014

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Itchy skin is more than just a minor annoyance for many people. It can get so bad that it interferes with daily life and makes it difficult to function. Depending on the cause, the itchy skin may be hard to treat. Some common causes of itchy skin include:

  • Seasonal and Environmental Allergies – allergies can cause itchy skin along with itching in the nose, throat, eyes and face

  • Dry Skin – patches of dry skin may be itchy

  • Eczema – flare-ups of eczema can be very itchy and can occur anywhere on the body

  • Fungal Infections (Ringworm, Athlete’s Foot, Yeast Infections) – these fungal infections cause patches of very itchy skin

  • Rashes – there are many different types of rashes that cause itchy skin

  • Chicken Pox – although it isn’t very common anymore in developed countries due to the varicella vaccine, chicken pox still occurs and leads to extremely itchy skin

Back to Check Your Symptoms: Itching.

Sources:

"Tips to Remember: Allergic Skin Conditions." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 2010. 28 April 10.

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