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Question: chronic itching all over the body after bathing

 obi - Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:52 am

Ever since i can remember (early teens) i have been expiriencing intense itching all over my body (torso- back and front and limbs). The itching usually lasts for 15 to 20 minuates and is triggered by bathing/shower or moisture on the skin (sweat). My mother and brother have the same problem.
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Tue Feb 09, 2010 2:28 am

User avatar Hello,What you have is known by name aquagenic pruritus in which after bath a person develops itching with out a rash.This happens with any temperature of water.In contrast the condition called polycythemia vera, in which there is thickening of blood results in itching exposed only to warm water.There is also associated burning and redness of hands and feet.
There is a family history in aquagenic pruritus.No specific treatment is known.Calamine lotion can help in soothening.Best wishes.

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