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Tuesday, November 18, 2008 S, Community Member, asks


Hi i have been experiencimg a weird itchy sensation in my upper back (right lung area). I have felt this before when i was a lot younger but it is happening a lot more recently. It's like i need to scratch but i can't because the itch is deep inside my chest.

A few weeks a go i had a chest infection which was treated with antibiotics but i believe i has cleared now. ( i have mild asthma and only ever use my inhalers if i have a cold or the flu)

What can be causing the itchy feeling? Is it related to asthma??

Thank you.


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Kathi MacNaughton, Health Pro
11/19/08 7:02pm

Hi S,


I can't speak for you, but I can tell you 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.


So it may 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.


To your health,


Leda, Community Member
5/ 5/09 1:42am

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. 

Frank B, Community Member
1/13/11 9:58pm

I itch all over my back, the only way i can get any releif is a scalding long shower 

John Bottrell, Health Pro
1/15/11 10:13am

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.





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By S, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/01/14, First Published: 11/18/08