Why does your stomach itch alot?

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Question by kelly: Why does your stomach itch alot?
What causes people to get itching stomachs? If there’s no rash and visible cause ?

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2 Responses to Why does your stomach itch alot?

  1. Dry skin or sweat I suppose. You could try changing wash detergents as some people are allergic to biological. Make sure you use a non biological. …I had itchy nadgers once and thought I was going to go crazy it itched soo much but it turned out my wife had switched detergent because I of a supermarket deal we soon switched back.

    January 4, 2014 at 8:46 pm

  2. There are many different possible causes of itching.

    For example, itching can be a symptom of:
    a skin condition, such as eczema
    an allergy – for example, to nickel (a metal often used to make costume jewellery)
    insect bites or scabies
    fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot and female thrush or male thrush
    certain chronic (long-term) conditions, such as liver disease
    hormonal changes in the body, such as during the menopause or pregnancy

    Each of these possible causes of itching is described in more detail below.
    Skin conditions

    Skin conditions that can cause itching include:

    dry skin
    eczema – a chronic (long-term) condition where the skin is dry, red, flaky and itchy
    contact dermatitis – a condition where the skin becomes inflamed
    urticaria – also known as hives, welts or nettle rash; urticaria is triggered by an allergen, such as food or latex, and causes a raised, red itchy rash to develop
    lichen planus – an itchy, non-infectious rash of unknown cause
    psoriasis – a non-infectious skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin and silvery scales
    dandruff – a common, non-contagious skin condition that affects the scalp
    folliculitis – a skin condition caused by inflamed hair follicles
    prurigo – small blisters (fluid-filled swellings) that are very itchy

    Allergies and skin reactions

    Itching is sometimes caused by environmental factors, such as:

    dyes or coatings on fabrics
    contact with certain metals, such as nickel
    contact with the juices of certain plants or stinging plants
    an allergy to certain foods or types of medication (for example, aspirin and a group of medicines called opioids)
    prickly heat – an itchy rash that appears in hot, humid weather conditions
    sunburn – skin damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays

    Parasites and insects

    Itching can also be caused by the following pests:

    the scabies mite, which burrows into the skin and causes a skin condition called scabies
    head lice, pubic lice or body lice
    insect bites and stings, such as bees, wasps, mosquitoes, fleas and bedbugs


    Itching may also be a symptom of an infection, such as:

    chickenpox or another viral infection
    a fungal infection, such as athlete’s foot, which causes itching in between the toes, jock itch which affects the groin, and ringworm, a contagious condition that causes a ring-like red rash to develop on the body
    a yeast infection, such as female thrush or male thrush, which can cause itching in and around the genitals

    Fungal and yeast infections tend to cause itching in a specific area of the body. However, in untreated cases, or cases that do not respond well to treatment, itching may become generalised.
    Systemic conditions

    Systemic conditions are conditions that affect the entire body. Sometimes, itching can be a symptom of systemic conditions, such as:

    an overactive thyroid or underactive thyroid – the thyroid gland is found in the neck; it produces hormones to help control the body’s growth and metabolism (the process of turning food into energy)
    liver-related conditions, such as primary biliary cirrhosis, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer and hepatitis
    long standing kidney failure
    leukaemia – cancer of the blood
    some types of cancers, such as breast, lung and prostate cancer
    Hodgkin’s lymphoma – cancer of the lymphatic system, which is a series of glands (or nodes) spread throughout your body that produce many of the specialised cells needed by your immune system

    Pregnancy and the menopause

    In women, itching can sometimes be caused by hormonal changes.

    Itching often affects pregnant women and usually disappears after the birth. A number of skin conditions can develop during pregnancy and cause itchy skin. They include:

    pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) – a common skin condition during pregnancy that causes itchy, red, raised bumps that appear on the thighs and abdomen (tummy)
    prurigo gestationis – a skin rash that appears as red, itchy dots and mainly affects the arms, legs and torso
    obstetric cholestasis – a rare disorder that affects the liver during pregnancy and causes itching of the skin without a skin rash

    Read more information about itching and obstetric cholestasis in pregnancy.

    Pregnant women may also experience eczema and psoriasis.

    Seek advice from your midwife or GP if you have itching or any unusual skin rashes during your pregnancy.

    Itching is also a common symptom of the menopause, which is where a woman’s periods stop, at around 52 years of age, as a result of hormonal changes. Changes in the levels of hormones, such as oestrogen, that occur during the menopause are thought to be responsible for the itching.

    January 4, 2014 at 8:52 pm

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