I am itching all over. My flatmate was exposed to chickenpox yday. I have had the chicken pox as a child. Also I am a childminder. Could I have shingles? Do I need to stay off work?
Also I am using a new shampoo could this be the cause?
Please reply asap.
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Thank you for asking your question.
Do you have a rash at all? If your roommate was exposed just yesterday, it would be impossible for you to develop shingles today.
OK. This would be unlikely for generalized itching to develop into shingles. There is something called generalized zoster in which basically you develop chicken pox all over the body. But this is quite unusual, and virtually impossible to make the diagnosis of this without a rash. The things we think of with itching without a rash would include: liver or kidney disease, maybe diabetes, dry skin, or psychogenic ( anxiety leading to an itch sensation). The prodrome ( early, before the disease or condition has manifested itself) bullous pemphigoid, which is a blistering disease. Unlikely. Occasionally patients have a type of urticaria in which the small itch sensation leads to scratching which then releases histamine causes more itching. At this point I would not be overly anxious about it since it is unlikely for you to develop shingles after one day of exposure to someone who has not developed chicken pox. I would recommend an emollient such as Aveeno anti-itch cream, Benedryl 25 mg. and short tepid water baths with Aveeno oatmeal in it. If the itch continues, then a blood evaluation for kidney or liver disorders.
I would not stay off work. However, do look for a rash since you would not expose children to scabies, the itch mite.
This often begins in the finger webs.
But you really should have some sort of rash with it.
Ok. Look thank you for all that. Bye now.
Any questions? You question stays open for two weeks so you can get back to me if you develop a rash.
Ok cool thanks.
You are very welcome Have a Merry Christmas.
There is still no rash.
The itching is all over the body but ive noticed a lot of it is on my head and hair regions. It is on the skin as well though.
It is at its worst at nighttime in bed.
Any more thoughts?
I have just looked at my arms and I have long lines that look like scratches but are not scratches.