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My right arm itches all the time.....
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My right arm itches all the time.....

My right arm itches all the time really bad, to the point that I scratch it until it bleeds.  This usally lasts about a month or so and then goes away for about the same amount of time and then reoccures.   This has been happening for over 6 years now ever since I got a really bad sun burn.  I notice it is worse in the summer months.  I have tried anti itch creams & benadryl.  I have no sign of a rash or redness unless I'm scratching it.  It is driving me nuts.  HELP!
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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).  Other conditions cause itchy skin as well. Skin conditions like dermatitis 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.

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. You should choose mild soaps without dyes or perfumes and use a mild, unscented laundry detergent when washing clothes, towels and bedding.

Please 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.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

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