What other symptoms might occur with itching skin?

Itching skin may occur with other symptoms, depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Body systems that are seemingly unrelated to the skin can also be affected. For example, you may have flu-like symptoms if the itching is due to infection or inflammation.

Skin symptoms that may occur along with itching skin

Itching skin may occur with other skin-related symptoms including:

  • Blistering

  • Burning

  • Cracked skin

  • Irritation

  • Pain

  • Rash

  • Scaling

  • Swelling

Other symptoms that may occur along with itching skin

Itching skin may occur with symptoms related to body systems other than the skin including:

  • Decreased appetite

  • Fatigue

  • Flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches, and pains)

  • Headache

  • Irritability in infants and children

  • Joint pain

  • Red eyes

  • Sneezing and runny nose

  • Stress

  • Unexplained weight loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, itching skin may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Symptoms that may indicate a serious or life-threatening condition include:

  • Difficulty breathing with swollen tongue or face

  • Fainting or change in level of consciousness

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Rapid pulse

  • Swelling of the tongue, lips, mouth or face

  • Wheezing


What is itching skin?

Itching skin is an inflammatory reaction of the skin. Itching is a symptom of a wide variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions. Itching is also called pruritus. Itching or itchy skin may or may not be associated with a rash. Itching skin can affect a small area of the skin or the full body, and it differs in severity, frequency and duration, depending on the underlying cause... Read more about itching skinintroduction


What causes itching skin?

Many different diseases, disorders and conditions can lead to itching skin. Itching can be a sign of inflammation, infection, or insect bites. More serious causes include an allergic reaction that may be associated with difficulty breathing.

Infectious causes of itching skin

Itching skin may arise from infectious diseases, such as:

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 2, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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