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What causes itching sensation on chest and back?

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Posted on Wed, 18 May 2016
Question: Itching on the chest and nipples left breast has some numbing also a lot of stinging itching on my back
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Answered by Dr. Vasudha Jayant Athavale (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Mostly allergic, personal care/ expert advise would help.

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXX,
Thanks for the query under Health care magic platform.
I have read your query & understand your concern.

Itching on chest can be due to multiple causes.
They are-
-Allergy/Infection/ infestations / common skin problems like exema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis
* Itching caused by any of the above causes leads to neurodermatitis( it is a condition when scratching itself makes the skin more itchier,.. thus the itch- scratch cycle goes on to be intolerable). Similarly the numbness in left breast follows severe itching ( which injures tiny nerve fibers supplying breast skin ). It will disappear after few days.
In my view, your problem is due to allergy/ drying of skin.
* Allergy- It can be local allergy to things like Cosmetics (Soap,moisturizer, talcum power) / clothing material in use/ allergy to sweat.
*Dry skin caused by old age/ diabetes/ thyroid problems can also cause such an itch.

* In this scenario , I would suggest for primary consultation of your family doctor . He will examine you, get you investigated may send you to Allergy specialist/ endocrinologist for further evaluation & needful specific treatment as per need.
*Self care- Ttry to identify cause of allergy by observing any recent change in cosmetic use/ habit of having more sweat,/ food allergens/ getting allergic bronchitis after exposure to dust, fumes, specific food.
You may apply Steroid ointment with a tolerated skin moisturizer to alleviate too much of an itch./ A pill of tab. Cetrizine in the bedtimewill help.
- Use only cotton loose fitting clothes.

An expert's advise along with your own observations & tests would help to identify & manage the offending itching you are suffering from.
I hope the answer was both informative as well as useful to you. Any follow up query is welcome.
Thanks.
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What causes itching sensation on chest and back?

Brief Answer: Mostly allergic, personal care/ expert advise would help. Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXX, Thanks for the query under Health care magic platform. I have read your query & understand your concern. Itching on chest can be due to multiple causes. They are- -Allergy/Infection/ infestations / common skin problems like exema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis * Itching caused by any of the above causes leads to neurodermatitis( it is a condition when scratching itself makes the skin more itchier,.. thus the itch- scratch cycle goes on to be intolerable). Similarly the numbness in left breast follows severe itching ( which injures tiny nerve fibers supplying breast skin ). It will disappear after few days. In my view, your problem is due to allergy/ drying of skin. * Allergy- It can be local allergy to things like Cosmetics (Soap,moisturizer, talcum power) / clothing material in use/ allergy to sweat. *Dry skin caused by old age/ diabetes/ thyroid problems can also cause such an itch. * In this scenario , I would suggest for primary consultation of your family doctor . He will examine you, get you investigated may send you to Allergy specialist/ endocrinologist for further evaluation & needful specific treatment as per need. *Self care- Ttry to identify cause of allergy by observing any recent change in cosmetic use/ habit of having more sweat,/ food allergens/ getting allergic bronchitis after exposure to dust, fumes, specific food. You may apply Steroid ointment with a tolerated skin moisturizer to alleviate too much of an itch./ A pill of tab. Cetrizine in the bedtimewill help. - Use only cotton loose fitting clothes. An expert's advise along with your own observations & tests would help to identify & manage the offending itching you are suffering from. I hope the answer was both informative as well as useful to you. Any follow up query is welcome. Thanks.