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...
One of the most frequent topics we get questions about at HealthCentral is breast itching. This is not surprising because it is a common problem and because few things are more annoying than an itch that doesn't go away.
Itching can be one of the symptoms for some conditions that definitely need a doctor's attention.
An itchy nipple especially when accompanied by a scaly rash may be Paget's Disease of the breast .
When itching is accompanied by pain, swelling, redness, and skin dimpling that looks like the skin of an orange, it may be an early symptom of inflammatory breast cancer (IBC).
Both Paget's and IBC are rare, so that itchy breast rash is more likely to be a fungal infection, heat rash, or an allergic reaction. Encased in bras, breasts are vulnerable to skin problems, especially in the summer heat.
Allover body itching can be a symptom of other underlying health problems, so you'll want to ...
With the holidays right around the corner, many people are starting preparations. We are planning parties, preparing our homes for guests, buying gifts. Many of us, however, put aside our own health needs, skipping meals, getting less sleep and foregoing exercise programs during this season, even though our stress levels tend to rise. Skin care routines may be rushed through or forgotten altogether as we hurry from one event to the next. But skin care is important as there are a number of ways the holiday season can cause or worsen skin conditions .
The Problem: Alcohol
During the holiday season, alcoholic beverages seem to flow more than at other times of the year. Excessive drinking is known to cause health problems, such as liver disease, but it also can lead to premature aging of your skin. Your skin can look dull and dry.
What You Can Do
Moderate your drinking. Alternate a glass of water after each drink to keep your body and skin hydrated. Us...
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