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What causes itching between toes and fingers during pregnancy?

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Posted on Tue, 12 May 2015
Question: I am 5 months pregnant and last week onwards it started itching on my toe webs and hand figure webs. Twice Applied full body scabama lotion for scabby parasite in alternate days, one more day I am suppose to do it for completing the course, but my itching is increasing and also started getting rashes.. Is it anything else
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Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
scabies

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for the query to HCM,
As you are already in the midst of scabies treatment it is advisable that you complete it first. The itching may increase as the dead mites in the burrows can often act as an allergen to the body and cause itching. Ideally an antihistaminic like astimazole should be taken along with it twice a day to relieve itching.
Astimazole is pregnancy safe and devoid os sedative side effects. At 5 months you can use it safely. Scabies takes time to get treated and itching which is more often seen at evenings and night when the mite leaves the burrow can be reduced with antihistaminic use.
the lesions are typical and likely that its scabies only. Just complete the treatment and if the papules persists in webs of fingers and toes then a local green fluorescent light may be used to examine the skin and burrows at dermatologist and if need be a biopsy from the burrow can be taken and if a mite is visualised under magnification, then diagnosis shall be confirmed , though scabies is a clinical diagnosis.
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What causes itching between toes and fingers during pregnancy?

Brief Answer: scabies Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for the query to HCM, As you are already in the midst of scabies treatment it is advisable that you complete it first. The itching may increase as the dead mites in the burrows can often act as an allergen to the body and cause itching. Ideally an antihistaminic like astimazole should be taken along with it twice a day to relieve itching. Astimazole is pregnancy safe and devoid os sedative side effects. At 5 months you can use it safely. Scabies takes time to get treated and itching which is more often seen at evenings and night when the mite leaves the burrow can be reduced with antihistaminic use. the lesions are typical and likely that its scabies only. Just complete the treatment and if the papules persists in webs of fingers and toes then a local green fluorescent light may be used to examine the skin and burrows at dermatologist and if need be a biopsy from the burrow can be taken and if a mite is visualised under magnification, then diagnosis shall be confirmed , though scabies is a clinical diagnosis. regards