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Sunday, December 07, 2008 carlo, Community Member, asks

Q: My whole body itches from head to toe.How can i find out whats making me itch,and why?

When my body starts to itch i start to scratch because it bothers me very much.

I also end up breaking out into hives like.I relly wish i new what to do about it.

When this happens i take a no name brand allergy pill and this calms it down for 3 or 4 days. I don`t know what i`m doing or eating thats making this happen.

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TsalagiSpirit, Community Member
12/ 7/08 10:21pm

Itching is a symptom.

In order to be properly diagnosed you will need to be examined by your Dr and have some medical testing performed.

Some things you should think about are:


Have you changed anything?

Laundry detergent??

Skin lotion, fabric softner,

Soap you wash your body with??

Any new medications?

Even old ones can be at fault

Certain medications send up red flags if you are on them and develop such symptoms(Call your Pharmacist and ask for a review of your meds and ask if there are any that frequently cause such problems.

Have you tried any new products or foods??

Have you had seafood, nuts, or foods you have had a problem with previously

Have you had any potential exposure to contagious skin disorders?

Slept over at a friends or in a hotel.

Worn anothers clothing,

Exposed areas of the skin will flare first usually in these types of things.

Scabies, ringworm,  poison ivy/oak/sumac, fleas, bedbugs.

Some will cause a rash like effect when scratched..



If you always get hives with the itching , keep a food / topical / laundry product diary to see if you can track down the offending agent.

Note whether you notice swelling of the face, eyes, tongue, throat, airway, hands, legs, itching of the roof of your mouth....Do you have shortness of breath, wheezing, or trouble breathing?


There are some interal medicine problems that can cause such things as you describe as well.

I urge you to see your Dr and be prepared to answer similar questions to what you just read.


Best of luck!

JOYCE, Community Member
12/ 7/09 11:30am

thank you so much for your imput.i will very well take your advice. thanks JOY

thecherokeekid23, Community Member
1/ 2/09 12:38am

hey i have the same problem its been going on for about 5 years and i have been to the doctor manytimes and they give me hydroxine and it stops the itch for about 3 days and i have to take another one. i went to a new doc 3 days ago and he said i have atopic dermintites but me and some of my family have been looking at the symptoms of that and what happens to me and it just doenst add up the only symptom that i have is the itching, i only get the hives and the shortness of breath every once in a  great while after eating meat that has the wrong stuff in it i guess anyways if you get any info please let me know thank you

francisca, Community Member
7/ 5/10 5:46pm

i was having itching when i was pregnant and my doctor can not give me any thing because of my pregnancy and now i have put to birth for the past 6weeks and the itching is now the worst and each time i scrach, it gets swollen and is not only one part of my body but is moving time to time all over my body.

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By carlo, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/14/14, First Published: 12/07/08