Generalized Itching Overview
Generalized itching or “general pruritus” or “itching all over” has a variety of causes. Acute skin conditions such as allergic dermatitis may indicate a reaction to a substance (e.g. hives, urticaria, contact dermatitis). Almost any type of skin rash may cause itch. Chronic skin disorders such as eczema or psoriasis cause itch, as may any disorder that causes chronic skin rash.
Various types of systemic disorders can also affect the skin such as diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney failure, liver disease, polycythemia, leukemia, lymphoma and many others. Jaundice from hepatitis and other types of liver disease may cause widespread itching (usually with other symptoms such as yellow skin).
- Skin Disorders: There are many types of skin disorders. Simple, everyday skin disorders include rashes, blisters, pimples, birthmarks, and so on. More
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- Eczema: Eczema is a chronic skin condition causing recurring rashes. The skin rashes are often blistery, weeping, crusting, scaling and itchy
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- Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder causing dry patchy skin rashes. The skin rashes may appear as dry, scaly, silvery
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- Systemic Disorders: Systemic disorders is the general category of disorders and diseases where an entire body system is affected, or the entire
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- Diabetes: Diabetes is a metabolic disease where the body loses the ability to properly process sugars (glucose). The full medical name
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- Thyroid Disease: Thyroid disease refers to any disease of the thyroid gland, which is an important gland in regulating the body’s
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- Kidney Failure: Kidney failure is inadequate function of the kidneys, also called renal failure. Kidney failure may be acute or chronic.
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- Liver Disorders: The liver is a large organ that can have various disorders. Infection or inflammation of the liver is called hepatitis
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- Polycythemia: Polycythemia is an excess of red blood cells in the blood. It is similar to “hematocrit” (measurements), but is the
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- Leukemia: Leukemia is a cancer of the bone marrow tissues that produce white blood cells. Too many white blood cells are
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