Itching is a sensation that can occur anywhere on the body and manifests as a skin irritation that creates the urge to scratch the skin. There are many different causes of skin itching, such as an allergic reaction, eczema (atopic dermatitis), fungal infections, psoriasis, and others. Itching is best controlled by avoiding the temptation to scratch, applying moisturizing lotions, and wearing loose clothing. Most of the time, itching disappears on its own and does not require medical treatment.

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Itching skin can cause the following symptoms:

  • Tingling feeling in skin
  • The urge to scratch the skin
  • Redness
  • Dry, cracked, or scaly skin
  • Bumps or blisters

Common Causes

Often, itching is spontaneous and is not associated with any other skin condition. However, the following common skin conditions can be associated with itching:


Itching does not often require medical treatment and will usually go away on its own. However, if symptoms of itching are unreasonable, or if there are other associated complications, seek treatment for the cause of your itching. Schedule a consultation with your dermatologist to determine the best treatment plan.