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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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:
- Fungal infections: Tinea infections (ringworm) can cause itching.
- Kidney and Liver disease: A buildup of waste products can lead to diffuse itching.
- Inflammatory and allergic conditions of the skin: Eczema, lichen planus.
- Idiopathic conditions: Itching can occur in some individuals when they sweat, exercise or are exposed to cold air or water.
I hope this helps.
Charles Webster, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati