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Itching extremities



My husband has awful itching in his hands and feet that eventually spreads to his ankles, legs, under his neck and even a spot in the back of his head. The itching gets so bad that he has scratched himself into bleeding. I read somewhere that this could be caused by exertion. Please let me know of possible causes, diagnosis and treatment for this disorder. It does not happen on a daily basis but often enough to cause concern.


It will not be possible to diagnose this condition over the internet, as the most important part of this determination is a physical exam.  Thus, I would recommend that you seek physician evaluation to accurately diagnose this condition.  That being said, there are many potential causes of this type of itching:

I hope this helps.

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Charles Webster, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati