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Skin Care and Diseases

Itchy skin

12/28/2005

Question:

For the past two years I suffer from extremley itchy skin. I take Zirtek allery tablet that stops the itching, but if I miss one its back with avengance. My skin is not dry or greasy. Do you think I have an Allergy ? should I have a allergy test?

Answer:

It is true that the most common benign cause of itchy skin is dryness. If dryness is not the problem, you must see a dermatologist for a better evaluation. There is a long list of possibilities when it comes to itchy skin - some more worrisome than others. Allergic reactions are possible but depending on the allergen, they usually present with definite skin lesions, rather than just generalized itching.

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Response by:

Elma D Baron, MD Elma D Baron, MD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Director, Skin Study Center
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University