Dr. Shafali Yadav is one of the most prominent Dermatologists in Lucknow, with clinical experience of more than 17 years. She is trained in Dermato Surgery from various centers across India.

Itching is one of the core symptoms which dermatologists encounter in their patients. Inspite of being rampant, it can be challenging to treat itching. Itch (also called pruritus in medical terminology) is an irritation in the skin that elicits an urge to scratch. It may be localized (occurring at a specific area) or generalized (occurring in whole body). Itchiness is a problem that everyone experiences at some point in their lives. There can be many reasons causing itching.

It may occur as a part of dermatosis eg eczema, urticaria, fungal infections, senile pruritus, papular urticaria, photo dermatitis, scabies etc. At times, itching may be a sign of internal diseases like uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, cholestatic jaundice, end stage renal failure etc. It may also occur due to many reasons in pregnant women. At other times, it may be associated with neurodermatitis, where itching precedes skin lesions like, lichen simplex chronicus, prurigo etc.

Sometimes itching can be bothersome enough to markedly reduce the quality of life of patient. Some itches can be very recalcitrant and difficult to treat. Dr Shafali Yadav is one of the best Dermatologists in Lucknow and has successfully treated many such patients in her vast clinical experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes itching?
Itching is the most common symptom encountered by Dermatologists. Among the many conditions causing itching, most common cause of itching is dryness of skin. It can be a part of certain skin infections like fungal infections or skin conditions like eczema, irritant exposure .Itching can also be due to skin allergies like urticaria. Some itches can be psychogenic too.
What can be the reasons for itching in old age?
Chronic Itching is very commonly encountered in old age. There can be may reasons for the same, including, systemic problems like dryness of body, psychogenic itch, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, certain types of jaundice, end stage renal disease, certain types of carcinomas.
What is the treatment for itching?
Treatments depends on the cause of itching. We need to treat the cause of itching first, which results in alleviation of itching. Oral antihistaminics, topical steroids are commonly used in relieving itching. Specific treatment may be targeted to the cause of itching.


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