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Have itchiness in the back. What to do? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 02-Aug-2013
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:my problem is...itching....itches me at back like anything...recently it became more...not sure what i can help me...why it is causing and what should i do to get rid of it
User:am just struggling like anything
Doctor:Since when are you having this?
User:it was not there earlier....recently since 5 to 6 months it is more and more..
User:i mean increasing day by day
Doctor:Is there any skin changes noted in the back?
User:ya it became black in that area(small portion) not everywhere..
Doctor:Any redness, skin eruptions noted in the back?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:no nothing as such
Doctor:Do you sweat a lot?
Doctor:May I know your age?
Doctor:Do you suffer from diabetes or thyroid problems?
User:no XXXXXXX ...i dont eat much sweat..and dont have any problems so far..
User:my age is 29
User:i eat spicey food a lot
User:but recently reduced because of acidity problems
Doctor:Do you suffer from medical problems such as diabetes or thyroid problems?
User:it increases more...when i travel or sit somewhere for long...
User:no XXXXXXX diabetes or thyroid
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:Itching is generally related to skin problems - allergies and infection is usually the cause. But in such skin problem
Doctor:we do often see various skin changes - redness and skin eruptions along with the itching.
User:skin peels off when i Scrape with the fingers as if to relieve itching
Doctor:The black spots are most likely due to scratching and skin peeling.
User:okay understood..
Doctor:As there are no associated skin eruptions / redness, I presume you do not have a skin related condition.
Doctor:Some systemic medical illness such as thyroid problems can cause itchy back. However itching is usually generalized to the body not only at the back.
Doctor:However it may be a good idea to check if your thyroid hormones are optimal.
Doctor:Serum TSH levels can help us know that.
User:i heard if anybody have thyroid ....their body will blow like anything....but am very lean XXXXXXX .
User:itching is not there in any other places....
Doctor:The third possibility is that about 10% people with itchy back do not have any cause. They are related to neurological changes.
Doctor:It would be difficult to know if you are one among this 10% people.
Doctor:The only treatment option is use of moisturizer.
Doctor:Application of regular moisturizer can benefit you.
Doctor:If the itching does not improve with moisturizer you can get your thyroid hormones checked.
Doctor:Have you followed what I suggested?
Doctor:Do you have any other question?
User:yes XXXXXXX
User:i understood clearly
User:which moisturizer should i buy for now
User:and see whether it works....could you please suggest
Doctor:You can try cetaphil moisturizer.
Doctor:Alternatively any moisturizer with vitamin E/aloevera can do.
User:okay...will use it immeidately
User:any constraints in using that moisturizer....i can use at any time
User:or night times
Doctor:You can use twice or thrice a day. No issues in using during the day time.
User:actually i was using Ponds cold cream....when i use that i was feeling uncomfortable and it was itching more than usual
User:i will try this moisturizer and see..
Doctor:Do you have any other question?
Doctor:Are you there?
Doctor:I have to close the chat as you are not responding.
User:no XXXXXXX ..Thanks a lot for your time and patience
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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