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What does having itchy skin suggest about my skin health?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
There are many causes for itchy skin, so it may have a variety of implications for your skin health. Some of the most common causes include environmental factors, pregnancy, skin disorders, body-wide diseases like diabetes and cancer, infections, allergies, parasites, insect bites, and drug reactions. Having dry skin can also cause itchiness. Depending on the cause of the itchiness, your skin may or may not have a rash. If treatments like over-the-counter moisturizing creams don't help, you may want to ask your doctor about further treatments. The best treatment for you will depend on the cause of the itchiness.

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