• question-icon

    What causes sudden itching all over the body?

Posted on Mon, 10 Jul 2017 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I have intensely itchy skin, all over my body, especially on my hands and fingers, but all over, including arms, legs, buttocks, scalp, pubic region, ears, on both sides of my body. Very little rash, but a few reddish bumps, but itching in many more places than where the rash is. Been going on for 2 days. Please help!
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 37 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Possibly due to scabies

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us,

I am Dr.kakkar (Dermatologist).
I have gone through your query and I have noted your concern.

A short history of generalized itching with scattered itchy bumps could possibly be due to scabies particularly if the itching is distributed in the pubic region, buttocks, arms and legs.

I'd suggest you to take single dose of Ivermectin 12mg tablet. In addition I suggest you to take an oral antihistamine e.g tablet Cetirizine 10mg once daily for 10 days. You may continue with Over the counter triple antibiotic cream for the itchy rash.

Feel free to ask further.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 7 minutes later
What is scabies? And what causes it? Also, the intense "itching" is now especially focused in both of my hands, particularly in all of my fingers and thumbs. Also in my scalp and pubic region. Can these suggested medicines be purchased over the counter? Or are they prescriptions? This is driving me crazy! Very intense, need relief asap.
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 17 hours later
Brief Answer:
Remedy for scabies

Detailed Answer:

Scabies is caused by a mite Sarcoptes Scabiei.
The infection is acquired by direct/ close contact with someone who already has the infection. It presents clinically as intensely itchy bumps which are especially itchy at night. The regions which itch the most are lower abdomen, finger web spaces, pubic regions, arms, upper legs etc.
There are various treatment options like 5% Permethrin cream Or 1% Gamma Benzene Hexachloride lotion (GBHC). They need to be applied all over the body, neck downwards with special attention all the sites prone like finger web spaces, below nails, lower abdomen, pubic region, upper thighs, arms, axilla and other other body folds etc etc. The medication is left overnight and the patient can bath next day. I am not sure but I guess GBHC is available OTC.
Ivermectin 12mg tablet is an alternative. It is available with prescription.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Answered by
Dr. Kakkar S.


Practicing since :2002

Answered : 8967 Questions


The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on

Recent questions on  Triple antibiotic

doctor1 MD

Hi, I have a cut on my finger and used a triple antibiotic first aid ointment. I am 4 weeks pregnant. Is the ointment harmful for my baby?

doctor1 MD

Hello. Since I shaved my groin area. Since then I've been getting pimples and boils . I just got one in my scrotum . I'm wondering what to do to...

doctor1 MD

I had a tummy tuck and now I have a rash where they put the tape! Which cream Can I use?

doctor1 MD

I have a small lump under my armpit that is very painful. It has been a week. Today, pus started to come out sbd when squeezed more pus came out...

Get personalised answers from verified doctor in minutes across 80+ specialties

146 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM Blog Questions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction
Questions Answered By Dr. Kakkar S.
  • Q - Suggest treatment for thinning of skin

  • Q - Is boil inside nose folliculitis a cause for concern?

  • Q - What casues allergic skin rash?

  • Q - How to diagnose herepes type 2?

  • Q - What causes white pimples in vagina?

  • Q - Suggest treatment for headache, acne and weight gain

  • Q - Suggest treatment for dandruff and red spot on scalp

  • Q - What causes non itchy eruption on penis?

  • Q - Suggest treatment for itching acne on hand

  • Q - Suggest treatment for itching sensation all over body