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About Itchy skin

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Itchy skin (sometimes known as pruritus) can be uncomfortable and irritating. Any number of factors or irritants can cause itchy skin. In many cases, itching may simply be caused by dry skin, which is common in older adults. Itching may affect a small part of the body, or occur all over.

Common symptoms associated with itchy skin include:

  • Red, rashlike patches on the skin
  • Dry and cracking skin
  • Bumps, blisters, or spotting on the skin
  • Scaly skin

Common causes of itchy skin include:

  • Dry skin
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  • Bug bites
  • Psoriasis
  • Hives
  • Allergic reactions to soaps, fabrics, and chemicals
  • Skin cancer
  • Internal disease: conditions such as kidney or liver disease, diabetes, anemia, lymphoma, or thyroid problems can cause itchy, inflamed skin
  • Nerve conditions: Diseases such as multiple sclerosis, shingles, or stroke can cause itchy skin
  • Anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder

Most instances of itchy skin can be relieved with widely available medication and at-home remedies. Specific treatment will depend on the cause of the itching. If you experience chronic itchy skin, talk to a doctor as soon as you can. These symptoms may signify a more serious, underlying health condition.

Treatment Options

Below is a list of common medications used to relieve itchy skin, which a doctor can recommend to you during your visit. If prescription medication is needed, your doctor or provider can prescribe these therapies to you for just $5 through SesameRx.

Note that all prescriptions are at the discretion of your health care provider.

Below is a list of treatments and therapies used to treat and relieve symptoms of itchy skin. During your appointment, talk to your provider about what treatment plan is best right for you.

FAQs

Itchy Skin Care

What skin conditions do doctors on Sesame treat?

Doctors on Sesame can diagnose and treat thousands of dermatological issues and medical conditions. Among some of the most common things treated include:

Skin conditions:

  • Melanoma: This is a type of skin cancer in which the cells that are in charge of making your skin brown or tan grow out of control. This is a dangerous type of skin cancer because it can spread easily to other parts of the body if you wait too long to treat it. If you think you may have melanoma you should speak to a dermatologist about treatment options.

  • Psoriasis: This is a skin disease in which you get red, itchy, scale-like patches that affect mainly your knees, elbows, torso, and scalp. Though there is no cure for this disease there are treatments available to help with symptoms.

  • Dermatitis: This is a term used to describe skin irritation. It could be in the form of blisters, skin rashes, swelling, or dry skin. Examples of this include eczema and dandruff.

  • Eczema: Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema is a skin condition that affects children and adults. It causes your skin to be red and itchy, or thicken and crack.

  • Warts: Growths that occur on the skin. Common warts are small in size and have a grainy texture. You may see tiny black dots in the wart which are blood vessels that have clotted. Common warts are generally harmless but may cause you to feel self-conscious.

  • Rosacea: This is a skin condition that makes the skin on your face turn red and may sometimes cause small, pus-filled blisters as well. Some people also have naturally reddishness in their skin and may be mistaken for Rosacea. If you have red skin and would like to speak with a healthcare professional about a diagnosis, Sesame can help you find great options in your area at affordable rates.

  • Skin lesions: These can be unusual growths or skin that looks different than the surrounding skin. Common skin lesions include skin tags, moles, freckles, and birthmarks. Though most lesions aren’t dangerous, some may be red flags. If you are concerned about a skin lesion you may consider seeing a dermatologist.

  • Acne: There are several options available to help with acne treatment caused including medicine, cream, hormonal therapy, and in some severe cases isotretinoin.

Cosmetic care:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles: As you age, your skin loses moisture and loses its ability to stretch and retract. Fine lines are pre-wrinkles. These are lines that occur when you use muscles in your face over and over. Wrinkles are deeper and may become permanent.

  • Age spots: Also called a liver spot, an age spot is a small, dark blotch on the skin. Though there is no harm in age spots they may cause a person to feel self-conscious.

  • Scars: Different surgical and non-surgical procedures can help reduce the severity of scars.

  • Discoloration or pigmentation: These conditions affect the color of your skin. Dark spots, vitiligo, and albinism are some pigmentation disorders.

What is the difference between dermatology and skin care?

Dermatologists are medical doctors who undergo special training to diagnose and treat various dermatological needs. Some conditions dermatologists are trained to diagnose and treat include:

- Eczema: Eczema is a red and itchy rash that is caused by irritants and allergens. Dermatologists can treat eczema with topical corticosteroid creams, moisturizers, or oral medication.

- Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a common, chronic, condition that flares in cycles. A psoriasis flareup can cause red, itchy, and flaky skin on the torso, knees, elbows, or scalp. Dermatologists can treat psoriasis with topical creams, light therapy, or oral medication.

- Dermatitis: Dermatitis refers to skin irritation that results in red, itchy, and dry skin. This can be caused by an allergic reaction, eczema, or yeast in the oil of the skin. A dermatologist can prescribe light therapy, creams, gels, or oral medication.

Skin care, on the other hand, is handled by estheticians, professionals who specialize in the cosmetics of the skin. Estheticians are not medical doctors and cannot diagnose skin conditions or prescribe medication. They perform elective skin treatments that can help the appearance of the skin. Estheticians can perform cosmetic procedures such as waxing, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and hair removal.

What causes skin rashes?

Skin rash is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of skin reactions. There are countless causes of skin irritation, and skin rashes may take a variety of forms. Most cases of skin rash result in skin that is itchy, red, swollen, scaly, dry, or blistering. The symptoms and appearance of a skin rash will often help determine the irritant causing the reaction. Conditions that cause common skin rashes include:

Sunburn: We've all been there. Prolonged exposure to UV rays from sunlight or sunlamps can lead to red, dry, hot, and blistering skin. Even your eyes can be burned by the sun, resulting in a gritty feeling, headaches, and eye twitches. After a few days, a sunburn will start to peel as the skin heals itself. There is no cure for sunburn, and symptoms usually dissipate within a few days, but you can use moisturizer and sunscreen to ease discomfort and prevent further damage.

Allergens: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) and contact dermatitis occur when the skin has an allergic reaction after exposure to an irritant. Poison ivy, sumac, poison oak, ingredients in creams or lotions, and nickel metal are all examples of irritants that may cause an allergic reaction. Eczema may also be caused by dry skin, genetics, or an immune system condition. Most allergic reactions result in itchy skin, red spots, and scaly patches around the affected area. Dermatitis on the scalp can cause dandruff and hair loss if left untreated.

Fungi: Fungal infections are skin diseases caused by fungi living on the skin. Common types of fungal infections include athlete's foot, diaper rash, yeast infections, and ringworm. These skin infections appear in warm, moist places and often occur as a side effect of poor hygiene. For instance, diaper rash is commonly caused by babies sitting too long in dirty diapers. Ringworm and athlete's foot are often passed through human-to-human contact with an infected person or a surface with fungi living on it. Fungal infections can lead to red rashes, itchiness, blisters, or peeling skin.

Bacterial infection: Bacterial infections occur when bacteria enter the body through a cut or scrape on the skin. Impetigo, boils, leprosy, scarlet fever, and cellulitis are common forms of bacterial infections. These skin conditions are highly contagious and may cause lesions that ooze, ulcers, itchy skin, and swelling. Scarlet fever can result in a fever, sore throat, and a red rash on much of the body.

Viral infection: Like bacterial infections, viral infections occur when a virus enters the body through a break in the skin (usually a cut or scrape). Viral infections may produce different symptoms, depending on the virus. Common viral infections of the skin include shingles, chickenpox, and warts. Shingles and chickenpox are caused by the same virus and result in itchy rashes, red spots, and blisters on the skin. Warts are caused by an infection from the human papillomavirus (HPV) and result in small, scaly bumps on the skin.

Chronic skin disorders: Conditions such as lupus, rosacea, and psoriasis are chronic skin disorders that may occur without cause, or as a side effect of an autoimmune condition. Lupus and rosacea result in red rashes on the cheeks and nose, while psoriasis produces red, scaly, and itchy skin on the scalp. These conditions can be treated, but not cured.

Dealing with itchy skin? Book an in-person or video dermatology consult on Sesame to talk with a real, quality dermatologist. Doctors on Sesame can address your symptoms, prescribe medication, and offer referrals if necessary. Save up to 60% on skin care when you book a visit on Sesame- no insurance needed.

What are the symptoms of skin rash?

Skin rashes occur in many different forms, and their symptoms can vary significantly depending on the cause of the irritation.

Some common symptoms of skin rash include:
- Itchy skin
- Red spots
- Excessive dryness
- Scaly skin
- Blisters
- Skin infections


Some skin rashes are accompanied by a high fever, headaches, nausea, and other medical conditions. Many cases of skin rash are caused by common irritation of the skin and can be treated with over-the-counter medication.

If a skin rash occurs along with other symptoms, such as those listed above, you should seek medical attention right away. Skin rash can be a symptom of life-threatening medical conditions such as meningitis, toxic shock syndrome, and Stevens-Johnson syndrome. If you have a skin rash along with a high fever, headache, or nausea, contact a health care provider immediately.

Can allergies cause a skin rash?

Skin rash is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of skin reactions. There are countless causes of skin irritation, and skin rashes may take a variety of forms. Most cases of skin rash result in skin that is itchy, red, swollen, scaly, dry, or blistering. The symptoms and appearance of a skin rash will often help determine the irritant causing the reaction.

Atopic dermatitis (eczema) and contact dermatitis occur when the skin has an allergic reaction after exposure to an irritant. Poison ivy, sumac, poison oak, ingredients in creams or lotions, and nickel metal are all examples of irritants that may cause an allergic reaction. Eczema may also be caused by dry skin, genetics, or an immune system condition. Most allergic reactions result in itchy skin, red spots, and scaly patches around the affected area. Dermatitis on the scalp can cause dandruff and hair loss if left untreated.

Dealing with itchy skin? Book an in-person or video allergy/ dermatology consult on Sesame to talk with a real, quality dermatologist or allergist. Doctors on Sesame can address your symptoms, prescribe medication, and offer referrals if necessary. Save up to 60% on skin care when you book a visit on Sesame- no insurance needed.

What kind of doctor should I see about a skin infection?

If you are experiencing signs of a skin infection (such as a rash, blisters, pus, or itching) talk to your primary care provider about your symptoms. Depending on the severity and cause of the infection, a primary care provider can prescribe medication or refer you to a Doctor of Dermatology - also known as a dermatologist - for further care.

What is dermatology?

Dermatology is a specialized branch of medicine that focuses on the skin, hair, and nails. Doctors of dermatology (dermatologists) specialize in treating conditions that affect these parts of the body, including skin diseases and some cosmetic conditions.

Conditions that dermatologists treat include:
- Acne
- Melanoma (skin cancer)
- Psoriasis
- Eczema
- Dermatitis
- Hair disease/ hair loss
- Rosacea
- Moles
- Canker sores
- Vitiligo

What does a dermatologist do?

Dermatologists are highly specialized medical doctors who are trained to treat conditions of the skin, hair, and nails. They can specialize in several dermatologic specialties, including:

- Pediatric dermatology: Pediatric dermatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating skin conditions in children. They treat conditions like birthmarks, warts, eczema, or psoriasis.

- Dermatopathology: Dermatopathologists are doctors who specialize in both dermatology and pathology. This means they are trained to examine biopsied parts of the skin and write a biopsy report to determine the possibility of skin cancers (such as melanoma) or skin disease (such as impetigo, vitiligo, or warts). Some dermatopathologists undergo special training to be able to perform Mohs surgery, a precise technique used to get rid of skin cancer cells. The dermatopathologist uses a scalpel to remove cancer on the skin, as well as a thin layer of skin below. Once removed, this tissue is taken to a laboratory for analysis. This analysis helps the dermatopathologist determine if all the cancer cells from the skin have been removed, or if further surgery is needed.

- Cosmetic dermatology: Cosmetic dermatologists are doctors who specialize in aesthetic skin care, treating conditions including acne, wrinkles, sagging skin, or varicose veins. These doctors are trained to perform cosmetic procedures like filler injections for sagging skin, laser skin resurfacing, or chemical peels.

Dermatologists must complete 4 years of a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of medical school, an internship, and a 3-year residency. After finishing their residency, a dermatologist can complete an exam to earn certification from the American Board of Dermatology. Board certification ensures that the dermatologist has the expertise and qualifications necessary to treat conditions of the skin, hair, and nails.

What is the fastest way to see a dermatologist?

If you are experiencing an urgent skin condition that requires immediate attention, book a video visit with a real doctor in Poughkeepsie, NY on Sesame right away. If your skin condition is not urgent, or if you prefer to see a dermatologist in person, book your next appointment through Sesame.

Doctors on Sesame can treat common skin conditions including:
- Rashes
- Burns
- Atopic dermatitis
- Bug bites
- Cold sores


Dermatologists generally treat chronic and long-lasting skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, warts, and skin cancers. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, it is recommended that you book a video dermatology consult through a telehealth platform like Sesame.

What happens in a dermatology consultation?

Most dermatology consultations start with the doctor reviewing the patient's medical history and asking about symptoms or complications the patient may be experiencing. After these initial steps, a physical exam, or a visual exam, of the affected area will usually be done so that the doctor can assess what skin condition may be affecting the patient. In certain cases, based on the doctor's findings, further testing may need to be done. These tests may include blood tests, skin samples, or biopsies to check for cancers or underlying conditions.

If further testing is not required, the dermatologist or physician can give medical advice to the patient about treatment plan options and next steps. This way the patient has an understanding of available options and possible next steps.

There are no risks associated with video dermatology consultations, as these online visits are meant to diagnose conditions. Video dermatology consultations can play a key part in creating treatment plan options to help reduce the effects of skin conditions and catch skin issues before they become more severe.

What types of telehealth care can I book through Sesame?

It is up to the provider to determine what services they offer through a virtual appointment. Examples of care you can find on marketplaces like Sesame include:
- Primary care
- Urgent care (for conditions such as rashes, sore throat, migraines, UTIs, and more)
- Sexual health consultations
- Mental health consultations
- Chronic condition management
- Dermatology consultations
- Prescription refills
- Pediatric care


If you are experiencing a medical emergency, do not use telehealth. Instead, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.

Can I consult a dermatologist online?

Yes! Sesame offers a wide range of telehealth options, including video dermatology consultations for new and existing patients. Connect with a real, quality doctor on Sesame today to book a personalized visit that can help with skin conditions and skin care treatment plans.

Dermatologists that offer video dermatology services on Sesame can help treat:
-Acne
-Eczema
-Rashes
-Psoriasis
-Rosacea
-Nail conditions (such as infections and injury)


Sesame works with doctors to set prices directly on the site, so you pay one affordable price upfront without worrying about co-pays or surprise bills. Book an online visit with a top-rated health care provider or skin care specialist on Sesame for up to 60% less than what you'll find anywhere else. Video dermatology services on Sesame make it easy to regain control of your skin and get the skin care you need on your busy schedule.

If you are experiencing severe skin issues, or require skin cancer treatment, such as a biopsy, you may consider booking an in-person office visit with a dermatologist on Sesame. Search for the type of care you need, compare prices, and book a visit at your convenience.

What kind of skin conditions can doctors treat over video?

Doctors on Sesame can provide a range of dermatology services for a range of skin conditions over video including dermatitis, eczema, rashes, warts, acne, and more. To make the most out of your video visit, make sure you have a strong wifi condition or any photos you can share with your doctor that will help them diagnose or treat your condition. Keep in mind that your doctor may recommend in-person follow-up care, especially if you have a severe condition, need a biopsy, or require more extensive screening.

What is an online skin doctor appointment?

Video skin consultations are a form of dermatology care used to connect patients to primary care providers and board-certified dermatologists, for skin health conditions such as acne, warts, moles, and skin cancers, as well as urgent care concerns such as bug bites, burns, rashes, and cold sores.

Sesame offers both dermatology and skin consult appointments via video visits. Video skin consults are primarily used to help patients with urgent care concerns regarding the skin (such as those listed above). However, these visits can also help individuals determine whether or not they need to see a specialist to address their concerns. If you aren't sure whether or not you need to see a dermatologist, video skin consultations may be helpful in answering some of your questions and helping you with next steps.

What are the benefits of video dermatology consult?

Video dermatology consultations help patients address skin conditions without the hassle and stress of office visits. Video consultations mean no wait times, no crowds, and visits on your own schedule. Video dermatology consultations can help patients get medical advice and treatment plan options for conditions such as:
- Acne
- Eczema
- Rashes
- Psoriasis
- Rosacea


In some cases, follow-up visits may be required. Depending on the severity of the patient's skin condition, or if there is a risk of skin cancer, your dermatologist may request an in-person face-to-face office visit to get a skin sample or a biopsy.

How much does a dermatology consultation cost?

Most major hospitals and health care providers will have departments of dermatology that can work with you to diagnose and treat any skin conditions you may be experiencing. Without insurance, most dermatology consultations for new patients will cost anywhere from $100 to $200, depending on the clinic and needs of the patient.

Save 60% on your next dermatology appointment by booking with Sesame. On Sesame, you can connect with a real, quality dermatologist licensed to treat patients near you for a range of skin conditions. Sesame works directly with dermatologists - not insurance companies - who post affordable, upfront prices, getting you the care you need while eliminating surprise billings and copays. It's that simple!

Do you need insurance for a video dermatology consult?

Nope! Sesame offers video dermatology consultations with real, quality doctors at upfront cash prices in Poughkeepsie, NY - regardless of your insurance status. Sesame works with doctors directly, so you pay one price upfront without having to worry about surprise bills or hidden fees. And the best part? No insurance needed. That's right, you can schedule your next dermatology visit with a real doctor without an insurance provider. Simply search for the care you need, compare prices, and book a visit on your schedule. Video dermatology consults start at just $33 and can help with the treatment of acne, eczema, rashes, psoriasis, and more. Skin care is tricky, but Sesame makes it simple. Video dermatology consultations help you get the care you need on your schedule, and from the comfort of your home.

Do I need a referral to see a dermatologist?

Nope! Some insurance networks won't cover a dermatologist visit without the referral of a primary care physician, but in most cases, you do not need a referral to see a dermatologist. You do not need a primary care physician's referral for cosmetic dermatology, for instance. Cosmetic procedures such as Botox, chemical peels, and fillers are elective, so all you need to do is get in touch with a cosmetic dermatologist to set up a consultation.

Sesame makes it easier than ever to get in touch with a board-certified dermatologist or skin care expert. Whether you are experiencing urgent skin care problems (such as a rash, contact dermatitis, or bug bites) or want a consultation on acne, Sesame offers affordable and convenient visits with doctors in Poughkeepsie, NY. Simply search for the care you want, compare prices, and pay upfront. No insurance needed. Book a visit today and save up to 60% on your next skin care visit.

Can I book a follow-up appointment or additional services with Sesame?

Yes. Sesame offers a range of follow-up care, services, and specialist consults at clear, affordable prices. Get an MRI or X-ray for your sprained wrist. Talk to a therapist about how you're feeling. Or find a dermatologist to treat your rash. From primary care and prescription refills to dermatology and dentistry, clinicians on Sesame can help you treat and manage just about any condition.

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