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Abdomen Itch: Symptoms & Causes

9 causes that can make your abdomen itch and how to stop it.
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Last updated September 17, 2020

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9 abdomen itch causes

Allergic contact dermatitis of the abdomen

Allergic contact dermatitis of the abdomen means the skin has touched something that provoked an allergic reaction, causing inflammation and irritation.

"Contact" means the allergic reaction came from touching something, not from consuming something. The first exposure to the substance sensitizes the immune system, and then the second exposure actually causes the symptoms.

The most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis of the abdomen are:

  • Nickel, a metal often used in belt buckles, the buttons on pants, and jewelry, including piercing jewelry.
  • Poison ivy.
  • Various types of perfumes, including those founds in soaps, fabric softeners, and detergents.
  • Of course, there are many more.

Symptoms include red, itching, scaling, flaking skin that may be painful due to the irritation and inflammation.

Diagnosis is made through first avoiding contact with any suspected substance, to see if the dermatitis clears. Patch testing can be done if the results are not certain.

Treatment involves fully avoiding the allergy-provoking substance and using topical steroid cream as prescribed. Cool compresses and calamine lotion can help to ease the discomfort.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: abdominal redness, abdomen itch, scabbed area of the abdomen

Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the abdomen: abdominal redness

Urgency: Self-treatment

Eczema (atopic dermatitis)

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a non-contagious chronic skin condition that produces an itchy rash. It is caused by a genetic condition that affects the skin's ability to protect itself from bacteria and allergens. The most susceptible are those with a family hi...

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Hookworm infection

Hookworm infection (sometimes referred to as creeping eruption) is a parasitic infection of the skin. It is most often acquired in tropical climates.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: itchy and red foot, painful rash, itchy rash, rash

Symptoms that always occur with hookworm infection: itchy and red foot, redness with curvy lines

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Non-specific abdominal rash

A rash, or exanthema, is the appearance of reddened or purple spots or blotches in the skin. "Nonspecific" means that the exact cause is unknown.

If the first symptom is a sudden high fever, followed by a rash that seems more prevalent on the abdomen, chest, and back, the illness is most likely roseola. This is a mild, common childhood illness.

If there is no fever or other symptom of illness, the abdominal rash is most likely due to a contact allergy. This means it was caused by certain plants or fabrics touching the skin. A chemical burn, sunburn, superficial infection, chafing, or ringworm will also cause a rash-like irritation to appear.

Shingles is a rash which appears mainly on the chest and abdomen, but it occurs in people who have had chickenpox in the past. Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the chickenpox virus.

A medical provider can help with accurately diagnosing the rash and will make a referral to a dermatologist or other specialist if needed.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: abdominal redness

Symptoms that always occur with non-specific abdominal rash: abdominal redness

Symptoms that never occur with non-specific abdominal rash: fever

Urgency: Wait and watch

Shingles (herpes zoster)

Shingles is a painful rash that results when the varicella zoster virus (VZV) — the same virus that causes the chickenpox — becomes reactivated. It results in a painful rash of small fluid-filled blisters (vesicles) over a single strip of skin on one side of the body...


A dermatofibroma is a common skin growth that usually appears on the lower legs, but may appear anywhere on the body. These growths are benign (noncancerous). Dermatofibromas are most common in adults and are rarely found in children.

Symptoms include a hard, raised growth that is red, pink, ...

Normal episode of itchy skin

Itchy skin is also called pruritis. There are a number of "normal" causes for itching, meaning the cause is not disease-related and does not result in seriously damaged skin.

The most common causes are:

  • Dry skin, due to bathing in soap or bubble bath that may be too harsh and is stripping the natural oils from the skin.
  • Mild allergies, which may be caused by dust; certain plants and flowers; nickel-containing jewelry; and any sort of soap, detergent, lotion, or perfume.
  • Pregnancy, due to stretching of skin or to a condition called prurigo. Prurigo causes small, itchy bumps which may be due to an autoimmune system dysfunction during pregnancy.

Menopause, due to hormonal changes that may leave the skin overly dry.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination and sometimes allergy tests.

Treatment involves bathing only with mild, hypoallergenic soap; regular moisturizing with unscented lotion; wearing soft, loose, non-synthetic clothing; avoiding any substances that seem to provoke the itching; and sometimes prescription medicated creams.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: feeling itchy or tingling all over

Symptoms that always occur with normal episode of itchy skin: feeling itchy or tingling all over

Urgency: Self-treatment

Liver failure

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Chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease is long-term damage to the kidneys, the organs responsible for producing urine. Causes of chronic kidney disease include diabetes, hypertension, kidney infections, and inflammatory diseases, medications or toxins, inherited kidney diseases, and pre...

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Questions your doctor may ask about abdomen itch

  • Is the red area flaky and rough to the touch?
  • Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to nickel (commonly found in jean snaps, metal pens, paper clips, cigarettes, etc.)?
  • Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to glues, fragrances, preservatives, hair dyes, soaps, detergents, or other common household chemicals?
  • Are you allergic to anything?

Self-diagnose with our free Buoy Assistant if you answer yes on any of these questions.

Abdomen itch symptom checker statistics

People who have experienced abdomen itch have also experienced:

  • 5% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • 3% Nausea
  • 3% Fatigue

People who have experienced abdomen itch were most often matched with:

  • 57% Hookworm Infection
  • 28% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
  • 14% Allergic Contact Dermatitis Of The Abdomen

People who have experienced abdomen itch had symptoms persist for:

  • 29% Less than a week
  • 23% Over a month
  • 23% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant.

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