I've been experiencing an itching sensation in my upper back/lung area, on the inside. It feels like I need to scratch it, but I can't because it's deep in my chest.
I recently had a chest infection that was treated with an antibiotic, but I believe it has cleared now. I do have asthma but I only have to use my inhalers if I have a cold or the flu. Does anyone know what could be causing this itch?
I often have crazy, itching feelings throughout my respiratory tract, as a result of my allergies and asthma. It's not always in the same place, and it's not always even a symptom I have during an allergy attack. But when it comes, as you know, it's maddening because there is nothing you can do to relieve it, other than just wait for it to pass.
I'd suggest you might want to take your inhaler for a few days to see if that helps relieve the itch. It could help open your lungs, which could help.
It may also be that you're having an allergic reaction to something in your environment. You may want to keep a journal to try and pinpoint when it comes on, what you may have been doing at the time, etc. Also, don't hesitate to talk with your doctor about how you are feeling and to find out if there might be another explanation.
In the meantime, these articles may be helpful to you:
What are Asthma Sub-Types and Groups?
Learning Your Asthma Symptoms and Signs
I'd like to reiterate this could be normal with asthma. It could be that the infection in your lungs is breaking up and the secretions in there are irritating your airways, causing them to itch. I had this feeling many times too, although mostly as a kid. I think it's more common in kids because their airways are smaller (this is also why asthma tends to be worse in kids too).
It usually resolves with time, or sometimes with the use of your rescue medicine. However, if it doesn't, it might possibly be an early warning sign of an asthma attack, perhaps caused by a new onset of infection. So if it doesn't dissipate you may need to put your asthma action plan into action.
Also, it's a long shot, but you may have contracted a fungal infection in your lungs after your round of antibiotics. Not likely, but still something that could be checked into.
I itch all over my back, the only way i can get any releif is a scalding long shower