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Is general herpes related to itching?

About a month ago, my arms began itching terribly and only ice packs help reduce the itch...I also have MS & take Gabapentin for nerve pain (pins & needles type) so this med helps the itch. Today I have an outbreak of genital herpes....can it be related to the itching?
Fri, 12 Feb 2016
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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

It is not likely that the herpes outbreak is related to the history of itching.

This is not a known symptom that occurs prior to an acute attack.

Itching may be due to allergies (most common cause), side effect of medication, liver disease, infection, kidney disease in some cases, thyroid disease.

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