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9 Causes of Itching

Itching can drive anyone bonkers when severe or persistent enough. And unfortunately, because it can stem from many organs and medical conditions, it can be challenging to determine the cause of itching. Learn about 9 more common causes of itching that drive patients to the doctor's office.

By
Sanaz Majd, MD
6-minute read
Episode #231

Red Flags of Itching

Itching, especially when mild and fleeting, is more often benign and nothing serious. However, there are certain instances that should prompt you to seek attention right away:

Itching, especially when mild and fleeting, is more often benign and nothing serious. 

Lip, tongue, and throat swelling

Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or white part of the eyes)

Unintentional weight loss

Severe fatigue

Rapidly progressive rash

Blisters or ulcerations

Fevers

Affected close contacts

And in general, of course, anything that is more than just mild in severity, persistent, or recurrent should also be evaluated. Always air on the side of caution: it's always better to be safe than sorry.

Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only.  This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider.  Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

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Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only. This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider. Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

About the Author

Sanaz Majd, MD

Dr. Sanaz Majd is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. Her special interests are women's health and patient education.