This patient information and photographs on Itching is provided by John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. a board certified Dermatologist and skin care specialist based in Orlando, Florida. This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or treatment of a dermatologist or other physician.

Itching is a symptom not a disease. Although on rare occasions it can be a sign of serious internal disease, most frequently it is associated with a variety of benign self limited conditions. The most important point in treating itching is identifying its cause. Some of the more common itchy skin conditions of short duration include:

Dry Skin

Insect Bites


Contact Dermatitis


Athletes foot

Jock itch


Chicken Pox

Pityriasis Rosea

Some itchy skin conditions that may have a more chronic course:


Nummular eczema

Atopic Dermatitis



Dermatitis Herpetiformis

Lichen Simplex Chronicus

Pruritus ani

Pruritus vulvae

Lichen Sclerosis et Atrophicus

Many of the above conditions need diagnosis and treatment recommendations from a dermatologist. For some of the benign self limited conditions for relief from itching try Sarna Anti-Itch Lotion or a product with 1% hydrocortisone such as Aloe Cort Cream or Aquanil HC. Be aware though that products containing hydrocortisone may make fungal infections spread.

© John “Lucky” Meisenheimer, M.D.  2019