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Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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My skin itches randomly but mainly on legs and back. It only

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My skin itches randomly but mainly on legs and back. It only becomes a rash if I scratch it, but the rash will go if left alone. Difficult not to scratch.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Hi. Just to be clear here--the itch occurs without any rash at all at first?

How long has this been going on and have you had any tests for it?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi, No rash at first, going on for a couple of weeks, and have so far had no tests for it

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK Ray. Do you have any medical conditions?

And can you describe the rash that occurs once you scratch?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

No medical conditions. I am on medication for a heart attack suffered 17 years ago. The rash goes red with small pimples, similar to what a nettle sting looks like h

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
OK Ray

This sounds like a type of atopic dermatitis called dermographism. It usually is self-limited and doesn't last for very long.

The main thing for now is not to scratch and I suggest you take a daily Zyrtec or Claritin for a couple of weeks. That should be all that's needed

That said, since I'm not your doctor, you should discuss this with him too

Let me know if you need any more information
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

OK will give that a try. Thanks

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
My pleasure