What are the Causes of Itching?

We have all experienced itching which is triggered by skin conditions, allergies and infections. Read here the causes of itching.


Itching is the common symptom in most of the skin conditions, allergies and infections. We have all experienced itching. It may be mild or may be severe, depending upon the skin condition. According to Dictionary.com, itching is feeling a peculiar tingling or uneasy irritation of the skin that causes a desire to scratch the part affected. The signs and symptoms of itching are associated with rashes, dry skin, blisters, and flaky scalp.

Here are the causes of itching:

Skin Conditions Responsible for Itching:

Itching is similar in most of the skin conditions like…

  • Dry Skin

When the skin loses its moisture and natural oils, it becomes dry and flaky with peeling and cracks, which in turn urges you to itch.

  • Eczema:

It is the skin condition when skin is extremely dried and is marked with dry, red and flaky signs.

  • Psoriasis:

Although it’s an immune disease rather than skin condition, it is characterized by itching along with patches.

  • Urticaria

Also referred as hives, it is caused by allergen and comes with red itchy rashes.

  • Dandruff

Causing white or grey flakes of dead skin in the scalp or hair

Allergies and Skin Reactions:

Apart from skin conditions, itching may be caused by allergies and skin reactions including allergen, environmental factor and irritant.

  • Use of several cosmetics which ingredients are incompatible for your skin type, creating allergies.
  • Wearing certain jewelry types like nickel or cobalt
  • Coming into contact with plants like sunflowers, daffodils, and tulips
  • Food or medication
  • Prickly heat which is an itchy rashes occurring in hot and humid weather
  • Excessive sun exposure causing sunburn

Parasites and insects

Several pests or mites can cause itching

  • Scabies mites, which burrow into the skin and are responsible for scabies
  • Body lice, pubic lice and head lice
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Parasites causing STI


Several Infections are responsible for itching such as

  • Chickenpox  or viral infection
  • Fungal infection like athlete’s foot causing itching in between the toes
  • Ringworm
  • Vaginal thrush

Miscellaneous Conditions:

  • Hemorrhoids (piles) 
  • Thyroid
  • Anemia
  • Polycythaemia
  • Live diseases and liver cancer
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause

How Itching is Treated?

Apart from GP prescription, itching can be treated with precautions and OTC creams.

  • Use topical medication, cream or lotion or oil moisturizer
  • Take bath or apply cool compress
  • Don’t wear tight fitted clothes
  • Don’t use perfumed gels or soap and deodorant
  • Avoid taking spicy food and alcohol

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