All over itching is all over irritating and could have any one of a number of explanations. It might be caused by an allergy to food, cosmetics, metals or fabric dyes, or it could be down to an infection like thrush, athlete’s foot or chickenpox or possibly even an insect bite like that from head lice. A skin disease can sometimes explain the itching, such as dry skin, eczema or hives – or it might be caused by a hormonal change such as pregnancy or the menopause. Failing all else it could be a symptom of an underlying systematic disease like diabetes, Hodgkin’s disease or anemia. To put it plainly, whatever the cause, it might be a while before you are able to diagnose it and find the exact treatment you need. Working with your doctor to eliminate possible culprits and to experiment with different creams and ointments should hopefully lead you towards a solution, until then get someone to tape some boxing gloves to your hand – scratching never helps!
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