There’s nothing like the need to scratch – especially if it’s a spot you can’t reach. Do you feel that the more you scratch, the more your skin itches?
Itchy skin can be a symptom of an underlying illness
In some cases, it is caused by allergies, in others – by insect bites.
But sometimes these symptoms signal much more serious health problems.
– Neurological disorders
If you’re wondering what’s causing your itch, but there is no rash, here are some symptoms to watch for:
– multiple sclerosis
– nerve damage
– tumors of the brain and spinal cord
Few people know about this, but itchy skin is one of the earliest and most common symptoms of diabetes.
– Thyroid problems
Thyroid disorder affects metabolism. For the same reason, the skin becomes dry, which leads to itching.
– Kidney diseases
When the kidneys do not work properly, nitrogen compounds form in the epidermis. The body, as a rule, removes them by sweat. But, excessive sweating causes irritation and itching.
– Iron deficiency
If your body lacks iron, it slowly begins to produce red blood cells and hemoglobin, which carries oxygen. All this leads to anemia, and pale and itchy skin signals this.
When to see your doctor
Generally, your itchy skin should improve within a few weeks if you follow simple skincare steps.
If these changes do not bring relief and distract you from your daily routine or affect your sleep, you should visit your dermatologist,” says an expert. When the skin is very dry, it may need ointment or prescription cream.