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Child with itching on the body. No rashes. Contact dermatitis?

My son who is in Barcelona has intermitant overall body itching . Never goes away completely. Its worse at night ans sometimes really bad. No rash . He s had it for 6 weeks. He saw his family doctor here who said it was likely contact dematitis. He s stopped using soap and has changed detergent to a no additive and nothing has helped. He s having problems accessing a dermatologist in Barcelona.
Asked On : Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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You have not mentioned about the age of your son.

Usually contact dermatitis presents with a rash that itches.

Scabies has to be ruled out. If your son has generalized dry skin, chances are there that winter will cause exacerbation of his itching. In such a case, he might need to keep his skin moist- with good moisturizing lotions like cetaphil lotion and cetaphil soaps.

In addition he will need anti-histamines like Cetrizine/ Allegra- in right dosage according to his body weight.

If symptoms persist, its better to consult a Dermatologist.

Hope my answer helps you.
Best wishes.
Answered: Tue, 5 Feb 2013
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