ZocdocAnswersWhat causes itching around the abdominal region?

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What causes itching around the abdominal region?

What causes your abdomen to become extremely itchy? Normally I would just think that this is a rash of some sort, but there is no visible rash. Could it be an internal problem of some sort? I want to deal with this as soon as possible if it's possibly as serious illness.

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Itching of the skin is one of the most common skin concerns. The doctors who will be well qualified to discuss this issue with you include your primary care doctor or your dermatologist. There are several causes of itching of the abdomen. The most likely possibility is dry skin or a skin allergy. Daily application of a good moisturizer may help. Also, thinking if there is a new soap, laundry detergent, or other chemical that could be provoking the reaction is important. If there are small bumps or bite-like spots, occasionally this could be due to scabies, bed bugs, or some other similar infection. Fungal infections of the skin can present with itchy, reddened, and scaly skin. These can often be treated with just over the counter anti fungal creams. Rarely, isolated itching can be a sign of a serious underlying medical problem, especially if the itching is more generalized and not just confined to the abdomen. If it does not resolve, or if there is yellowing of the skin or eyes or darkening of the urine you should seek medical advise immediately. As always, the diagnosis and the management of your particular skin concern will require a physical examination by your personal physician. Scheduling an office visit with your primary care doctor might be recommended.

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