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Pruritus Symptoms and Causes

What is itching?

Itching is an irritating sensation that makes you want to scratch your skin. Sometimes it can feel like pain, but it is different. Often, you feel itchy in one area in your body, but sometimes you may feel itching all over. Along with the itching, you may also have a rash or hives.

What causes itching?

Itching is a symptom of many health conditions. Some common causes are

  • Allergic reactions to food, insect bites, pollen, and medicines
  • Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin
  • Irritating chemicals, cosmetics, and other substances
  • Parasites such as pinworms, scabies, head and body lice
  • Pregnancy
  • Liver, kidney, or thyroid diseases
  • Certain cancers or cancer treatments
  • Diseases that can affect the nervous system, such as diabetes and shingles
What are the treatments for itching?

Most itching is not serious. To feel better, you could try

  • Applying cold compresses
  • Using moisturizing lotions
  • Taking lukewarm or oatmeal baths
  • Using over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or antihistamines
  • Avoiding scratching, wearing irritating fabrics, and exposure to high heat and humidity

Contact your health care provider if your itching is severe, does not go away after a few weeks, or does not have an apparent cause. You may need other treatments, such as medicines or light therapy. If you have an underlying disease that is causing the itching, treating that disease may help.

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<span style='color: #808080;'><b>Describe Your Pruritus generalised from ZOSTER (ZOSTAVAX) 2009 Experience Here: 62 yr old female immunized with Zostavax 1/24/2011. Evening of 2/9/2011 itchy welts on</b>

Can I die from taking this many. Is it physicly addicting? Sorry about my spelling.

Convulsions and seizures sometimes for up to a week and a half at a time

Does taking too much benadryl cause a person to fall asleep and not wake up?

Hi i like know about heavy dosage of benadryl side effects can anybody please give feedback waiting for positive response regards vijay

I developed a rash on all extremities that itches like crazy. People started commenting that I had goose bumps all the time and I been taking Benicar for about 1 month exactly before the rash appeared.

I loved these strips. I have had allergic reactions to my own allergy shots. After waiting at the Dr.'s office for 15 minutes after my allergy shot, I leave to go shopping. Sometimes I can feel a little thickening in my throat, similar to when I'v

I take up to 50 Benadryl a day. How many should I take? I like how it makes me feel.

I've noticed that it when I am with my partner it makes me sensitive, but I am not able to be aroused. Is anyone else having the same issue. I've been taking it for alergies since I was a teenager. Its the only thing that has ever worked for me.

It was given to me in a hospital through emergency room, for nauseau. Nusrse said that they use it for that as well. Is true and can it be usedat home for the same?

<span style='color: #808080;'><b>Describe Your Pruritus generalised from ZOSTER (ZOSTAVAX) 2009 Experience Here: 62 yr old female immunized with Zostavax 1/24/2011. Evening of 2/9/2011 itchy welts on</b>

Hi , I also took sinnat 250 cause i have something big in my neck ,after i took Zinnat ,i didn't complete the course , i felt Pruritus, also headache ,dry mouth ,do not feel hungry , i don't like this medicine

I had a severe sore-throat and my doc prescribed clarithomycin. two doses later i have sever pruritus and vomiting.

The itching is called pruritus &amp; is a common side effect associated with StrongOpiate inegstion. Although if you are scratching, as bad as stated I would stay away from the meds as best you can &amp; inform your doctor. Although

Pruritus Clinical Trials and Studies

Treatments might be new drugs or new combinations of drugs, new surgical procedures or devices, or new ways to use existing treatments. The goal of clinical trials is to determine if a new test or treatment works and is safe. Clinical trials can also look at other aspects of care, such as improving the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses. People participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons. Healthy volunteers say they participate to help others and to contribute to moving science forward. Participants with an illness or disease also participate to help others, but also to possibly receive the newest treatment and to have the additional care and attention from the clinical trial staff.