Itching may occur all over the body

Written by: Dr. Ernest Güell i Figueras
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Itching is a tingling or irritation of the skin that causes the continuous desire to scratch. It is an unpleasant sensation that can occur all over the body or localized to a specific area. Itching is a common symptom in consultation Allergology.


Types of pruritus

There are two types of pruritus: generalized or localized.

Generalized pruritus is one that affects most of the body and has many causes.

  • Itching or primitive systemic causes: intestinal parasitosis, jaundice, hypothyroidism, kidney failure, iron deficiency, polycythemia vera, lymphomas and some neoplasias
  • Allergic causes hives, skin atopy, food allergy, contact allergy and drug allergy
  • Side effects of medications
  • Dermatological causes psoriasis, eczema, xerosis and scabies, among others
  • Physical causes: cold, heat and vibration
  • Psychological causes: neurodermatitis, stress, emotions, psychological disorders

The localized itch appears only in a certain body area. There are two locations that are very frequent vulvar itching and anal itching.

Vulvar itching

Vulvar itching is itching that occurs on the vulva, the lips or the vaginal opening. First of all have to rule out candidiasis or STDs.

Among the most common causes of vulvar itching include:

  • Chemical irritants such as detergents, fabric softeners, feminine sprays, ointments, creams, douches, and contraceptive foams or jellies
  • Latex Allergy
  • Menopause
  • Stress can increase vaginal itching and make you more susceptible to infections
  • Intestinal parasitosis
  • Vulvodynia, which is burning, chronic vulvar itching or irritation

Pruritus ani

The anal itching refers to itching that is located in the anal area. Its causes can be multiple:

  • Infections
  • Systemic diseases: such as diabetes mellitus, leukemia, lymphoma, etc..
  • Dermatological diseases among which psoriasis and atopic dermatitis
  • Latex Allergy
  • Bowel diseases: Crohn's disease as
  • Colorectal and anal diseases: internal or external hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse, anal fissures or fistulas
  • Psychological factors: stress or anxiety
  • Side effect of some drugs
  • Fecal or urinary incontinence

Other causes for the occurrence anal pruritus, such as the use of harsh soaps, toilet paper or panty liners áspero.Un excessive sweating or small amounts of feces can also cause irritation and itching.

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Dr. Ernest Güell i Figueras

By Dr. Ernest Güell i Figueras
Allergy & Immunology

With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Güell is a prestigious specialist in Allergology and Pneumology. He has extensive training in different fields of the specialty, being an expert in the treatment of asthma, all types of allergies and allergic rhinitis, among other problems arising from atopy or allergy.

It belongs to various scientific societies, where he has held positions of responsibility. He is currently the director of the Mèdic Gama Center in Barcelona.

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