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persistent itching
Posted by: Coleen
Date: April 19, 2002 1:03 PM

My 11 year old daughter has had extreme itching but no signs of a rash for almost 2 weeks now. I have had her into the doctor twice. They have tried Clarinex, Zyrtex, and almost every type of anti-itch cream on the market. They also gave her Desonide .05% cream but no luck there either. She is so uncomfortable that she has problems sleeping at night and and has been out of school for over one week because she just can't stop itching. It is hard for her to concentrate on anything. They have checked her liver, kidney, thyroid function, anemia no luck with anything.



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RE: persistent itching
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 19, 2002 1:10 PM

The possible causes of persistent itching I can think of are: (1) contact dermatitis (e.g. poison oak), (2) systemic toxicity (can be something ingested or a metabolic problem), (3) systemic or local infection (bacteria, fungus, etc.), (4) allergy to food or medication, (5) incipient skin disorder (e.g. psoriasis), (6) neoplastic disease (unlikely), and (7) anxiety. If your doc has not been looking for the root cause, I suggest you look - for a new doc.



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