Winter Itch Symptoms

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Itching is a tingling or irritation of the skin that makes you want to scratch the affected area.

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Itching may occur all over the whole body (generalized) or only in one location (localized).

Common Causes

There are many causes of itching, including:

  • Aging skin
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis (poison ivy or poison oak)
  • Contact irritants (such as soaps, chemicals, or wool)
  • Dry skin
  • Hives
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Parasites such as pinworm, body lice, head...
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