The most common cause of itching on the back is simple dry skin, which is why the condition is always worse in the wintertime, when the humidity plummets and skin is overall much dryer. The amount of lipids (oils) in our skin diminishes as we age, so we tend to get itchier as we get older.
Dry skin is a common cause of itchy skin without a rash. In most cases, dry skin is mild. It can result from environmental conditions, such as low humidity and hot or cold weather. It’s also sometimes caused by activities that can decrease moisture in the skin, such as bathing in hot water.
If you have diabetes, itching can be intense. It’s an irritating feeling that makes it hard not to scratch, but scratching can make the itch worse. You can itch anywhere, but if you have nerve damage (neuropathy) associated with diabetes, your lower legs may itch.
Bile Salts- Those with liver disease may have higher levels of bile salt building up under the skin, which may cause itching.
Many people with chronic itch report that psychological stress is a factor that aggravates their itching. Research has also shown a link between itching and symptoms of depression. People who report severe depression also report higher itch intensity, compared to people who report low symptoms of depression.
Itch can be mentally induced. Opioids and other neurotransmitters, such as acetylcholine and dopamine, are probably involved in this phenomenon.
Scratching an itch causes minor pain, which prompts the brain to release serotonin. But serotonin also reacts with receptors on neurons that carry itch signals to the brain, making itching worse. Credit Zhou-Feng Chen, Ph.
It may affect your whole body or be limited to a specific area – usually your back or arms. Itching tends to affects both sides of the body at the same time and may feel internal, like a crawling feeling just below the skin.
Water is great for your health in many ways, including itch relief. Drinking more water keeps your skin hydrated from the inside out and flushes out toxins that can cause irritation. Remember, caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating and can worsen itching.
Dry, itchy skin
If you have diabetes, you’re more likely to have dry skin. High blood sugar (glucose) can cause this. If you have a skin infection or poor circulation, these could also contribute to dry, itchy skin.
When anxiety kicks in, your body’s stress response can go into overdrive. This can affect your nervous system and cause sensory symptoms like burning or itching of the skin, with or without visible signs. You can experience this sensation anywhere on your skin, including your arms, legs, face, and scalp.
Itchy skin is a common problem during menopause. People may notice itchiness on their body, face, or genitals. Hormonal changes during menopause can cause a range of skin complaints, including hot flashes, sweating, and itchiness. This is because of the vital role the hormone estrogen plays in skin health.
Localized itching is often caused by diabetes. It can be caused by a yeast infection, dry skin, or poor circulation. When poor circulation is the cause of itching, the itchiest areas may be the lower parts of the legs.
Symptoms- Increased thirst.
Numbness or tingling in the feet or hands.
Some of the symptoms of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are:- Feeling more thirsty than usual.
Losing weight without trying.
Presence of ketones in the urine.
Feeling tired and weak.
Feeling irritable or having other mood changes.
Having blurry vision.
Having slow-healing sores.
Liver problems- Skin and eyes that appear yellowish (jaundice)
Abdominal pain and swelling.
Swelling in the legs and ankles.
Dark urine color.
Pale stool color.
Nausea or vomiting.
The types of cancers that were most commonly associated with itching included:- blood-related cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma.
bile duct cancer.
Symptoms- Abdominal swelling (ascites)
Enlarged blood vessels just beneath the skin’s surface.
Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
Along with your body’s natural circadian rhythms, a number of different health conditions can cause itchy skin to become worse at night. These include: skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis (eczema), psoriasis, and hives. bugs like scabies, lice, bedbugs, and pinworms.
While these rashes are completely safe, they are extremely itchy and can take upwards of two weeks to resolve. Triggered Itch While uncommon, anxiety can also trigger skin conditions you already have.
Psychogenic itch can be defined as “an itch disorder where itch is at the center of the symptomatology and where psychological factors play an evident role in the triggering, intensity, aggravation, or persistence of the pruritus.” The disorder is poorly known by both psychiatrists and dermatologists and this review …
Common anxiety signs and symptoms include:- Feeling nervous, restless or tense.
Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom.
Having an increased heart rate.
Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
Feeling weak or tired.
Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry.
Formication is the sensation that bugs are crawling on or under your skin when they don’t really exist. Causes include mental health conditions such as depression, medical conditions like Parkinson’s disease, certain prescription medications, or drug use.
Patients with certain psychotic disorders may present to the dermatologist with the complaint of itch involving various parts of the body. In schizophrenia, tactile hallucinations can occur and these may present as feelings of being touched, burning or tingling sensations, or itch.