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Constant Itching

So over the last two months I have had really bad itching all over my body, especially concentrated on the underside of my testicles and thighs.  It started with the testicles so naturally I though I had jock itch, having had it once before.  On top of the jock itch like symptoms my body has been itching espcially my legs arms and scalp.  The itching gets really bad at night.  It has kept me from sleeping over the last week.  The only thing that seems to help is benadryl.  

Do I have scabies? I ask so I can go to the doctor and be well informed to I can get this thing taken care of.

Thanks in advance.
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Hello,

Itchy skin that isn't accompanied by other obvious skin changes, such as a rash, is most often caused by dry skin (xerosis). Dry skin usually results from environmental factors  like hot or cold weather with low humidity levels, long-term use of air conditioning or central heating, and washing or bathing too much.

Other conditions cause itchy skin as well. Skin conditions like psoriasis,dermatitis,scabies and hives, internal diseases like liver and kidney disorders,diabetes, iron deficiency anemia, irritation and allergic reactions to chemicals,wool,soaps,cosmetics and certain foods  can cause itchy skin.Scavies is a bleak possibility because it usually effects webs of the hands and feet .

You can apply an anti-itch cream or lotion to the affected area. Oral antihistamine, such as Benadryl can also be used. You should take a comfortably cool bath and wear smooth-textured cotton clothing.Also pls avoid scratching. You should choose mild soaps without dyes or perfumes and use a mild, unscented laundry detergent when washing clothes, towels and bedding.

Pls take a second opinion from a dermatologist if the symptoms persist. He/She will start with the specific medications. If an internal disease is found, whether it's kidney disease, iron deficiency or a thyroid problem, treating that disease often relieves the itch.Lastly,Phototherapy can also be tried.

Hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted on how you are doing or if you have any additional doubts.


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