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While not everyone with psoriasis has itching, most do - some studies show around 80 percent of those with psoriasis suffer from itching and it is the most common complaint of those hospitalized for psoriasis .  For some, the constant itchiness, even when plaques aren’t present, is the most difficult part of the disease and the most debilitating. It is sometimes described as a burning, biting sensation or as if you are being bit by fire ants.
Constant itching is distracting, causing difficulty sleeping, problems concentrating, lowered sex drives and can lead to depression.  Even so, some dermatologists glaze over itchiness, focusing more on treating the lesions themselves. A serious concern, though, is that scratching can trigger psoriasis, the same way cuts or abrasions on the skin do. It can cause lesions to become red, swollen or infected. Many experience the “itch-scratch cycle” where scratching increases the inflammation, which increases the i...
Frequently I see patients who develop rashes or hives for unclear reasons. Unfortunately when people experience hives on nearly a daily basis, finding the cause is even harder than if the patient experienced them only infrequently. Even so, it is still important to visit the doctor to have an evaluation. During the doctor visit What I usually do when a patient comes in with hives is to first ask the patient if they have been using any new soaps, detergents or beauty products. Sometimes people can develop allergies or hives from these products. We also ask about any other changes in health such as unexplained weight loss, joint pains, night sweats. We will want to know how long the hives last and what they look like. One good thing to do is to take a picture of the hives and bring in that picture to the doctor. Although food allergy is rarely a cause of almost daily hives, we also ask if there is any relationship between eating s...
Definition Information Drying agents such as calamine lotion may help relieve the itchiness caused by poison ivy or rashes . Your doctor may prescribe strong steroids for extra relief.
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