Got itchy skin bumps? Here’s why.
Did you know that your skin is sort of a “thermometer” to tell you what’s going on inside your body? You may not be able to see organ dysfunction or impairment with your eyes, but your skin will reflect the internal state of things so you can tell what the problems are. Rashes, skin bumps, and other skin conditions are your body’s indication of what’s going on. So what’s causing those itching bumps on your body? Here are a few of the reasons for itchy skin bumps you need to know:
- Skin conditions – Sometimes, the problem is literally only skin deep. There may be no internal cause, but the itchy skin bumps may be the result of skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, or hives. These skin conditions are usually limited to specific locations, and they tend to be fairly visible. Itching is usually accompanied by bumps and/or blisters.
- Dry skin – Dry skin is often the result of environmental factors, but age can sometimes be the cause. As you get older, your body is less efficient at producing the collagen that keeps your skin fresh and hydrated. The result is dry skin, which can be itchy and cracking. It’s not common to get bumps, but the dry skin is more susceptible to skin infections and conditions that could cause bumps.
- Nerve disorders – There are a number of nerve disorders that can cause itching on your skin. For example, herpes zoster (shingles), diabetes mellitus, and multiple sclerosis can all cause your skin to itch.
- Organ problems – Did you know that kidney failure and liver disease can both cause your skin to itch? The bumps may not be as visible, but your skin will drive you mad with its itchiness. Iron-deficiency anemia, thyroid problems, and certain types of cancer can also cause the itching of your skin. Worst of all, the itchiness can spread to your entire body!
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- Allergic reactions – Rashes and itching skin bumps are one of your body’s natural reactions to allergens. If you’re allergic to wool, soaps, chemicals, poison ivy, cosmetics, or even certain foods, your skin will usually be the most visibly affected. You’ll find the rash will go away when you eliminate contact with whatever is causing the allergy. If you notice itching skin after using certain products or eating certain foods, you DEFINITELY need to stop.
- Pregnancy – One of the pregnancy side effects is itching skin, particularly around the thighs and abdomen. Existing skin conditions (like dermatitis) may worsen during pregnancy, thanks to the hormonal changes. If you’re noticing itchy skin bumps around your body, they may be more visible as a result of your pregnancy.
- Drugs —Many medications and drugs can cause negative side effects, including widespread rashes and itching bumps on the skin. Antibiotics, anti-fungal drugs, and even some narcotics and painkillers can cause the negative reactions.
- Athlete’s foot – With athlete’s foot, you’ll feel a very powerful itching between your toes, and you’ll notice bumps that blister, crack, and ooze plasma. The skin on your feet will be raw, and the itching sensation can drive you insane.
- Insect bites – When an insect bites you, your body responds by producing histamines which cause inflammation around the injured area. These histamines aren’t just going to cause swelling, but they can be incredibly itchy as well.
- Chicken pox –– Chicken pox is one of those childhood diseases that is INCREDIBLY itchy, and is characterized by bumps on your skin. Those red bumps are where the disease got its name from!