Diagnosis Code L28
Information for Patients
Also called: Pruritus
Itching is skin tingling or irritation that makes you want to scratch the itchy area. It's a symptom of many health conditions. Common causes are
- Allergic reactions
- Dry skin
- Insect bites and stings
- Irritating chemicals
- Parasites such as pinworms, scabies, head and body lice
- Reactions to medicines
To soothe itchy skin, you can try cold compresses, lotions and lukewarm baths. Avoid scratching, wearing irritating fabrics and high heat and humidity. Most itching is not serious. However, if you itch all over, have hives that keep coming back or have itching without an apparent cause, you might require medical attention.
- Itching (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Lichen simplex chronicus (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Urticaria pigmentosa (Medical Encyclopedia)
Also called: Dermatitis, Skin rash
A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Many rashes are itchy, red, painful, and irritated. Some rashes can also lead to blisters or patches of raw skin. Rashes are a symptom of many different medical problems. Other causes include irritating substances and allergies. Certain genes can make people more likely to get rashes.
Contact dermatitis is a common type of rash. It causes redness, itching, and sometimes small bumps. You get the rash where you have touched an irritant, such as a chemical, or something you are allergic to, like poison ivy.
Some rashes develop right away. Others form over several days. Although most rashes clear up fairly quickly, others are long-lasting and need long-term treatment.
Because rashes can be caused by many different things, it's important to figure out what kind you have before you treat it. If it is a bad rash, if it does not go away, or if you have other symptoms, you should see your health care provider. Treatments may include moisturizers, lotions, baths, cortisone creams that relieve swelling, and antihistamines, which relieve itching.
- "Hot Tub Rash" and "Swimmer's Ear" (Pseudomonas) (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Contact dermatitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Diaper rash (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Hot tub folliculitis (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Pityriasis rosea (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Rash - child under 2 years (Medical Encyclopedia)
- Rashes (Medical Encyclopedia)