Itching, also known as pruritus, is a sensation on the skin that triggers the urge to scratch. It can occur for various reasons and can be a symptom of an underlying skin condition or an internal health issue. Itching can be caused by dry skin, allergic reactions, insect bites, skin infections, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, and certain systemic conditions such as liver or kidney disease. The severity of itching can range from mild to severe, and it can significantly affect one's quality of life. Treatment for itching depends on the underlying cause and may involve the use of moisturizers, antihistamines, corticosteroid creams, or prescription medications to relieve the itch and address the underlying condition. It is important to avoid scratching as much as possible to prevent further irritation and potential skin damage. If itching is persistent, severe, or accompanied by other concerning symptoms, it is recommended to seek medical advice for proper diagnosis and management.
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