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Back Itch Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your back itch symptoms with Buoy, including 3 causes and common questions concerning your back itch.

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  1. 3 Possible Back Itch Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

3 Possible Back Itch Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced back itch. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Allergic contact dermatitis of the back

Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: back redness, back itch, scabbed area of the back

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

Urgency: Self-treatment

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A dermatofibroma is a common skin growth that usually appears on the(, 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,(, or brown and less than half an inch across. They are usually painless but may be tender or itchy, and may appear alone or in groups.

The diagnosis is made through physical examination and sometimes biopsy. A dermatofibroma does not require treatment unless it is interfering with clothing or is unsightly. They can be surgically removed, though this will leave a scar and the growth may eventually return.

Any new growth on the skin should be seen by a medical provider, especially if the growth is very dark in color or changes its shape or appearance quickly.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: small facial lump, pink or red facial bump, face itch, skin-colored facial bump, painful facial bump

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.

The onset of the rash is often preceded by changes in skin sensation and flu-like symptoms. Blisters form over three to five days before beginning to dry up and scab and then heal over the following two to four weeks.

The diagnosis is largely by clinical examination, although blood tests can aid in diagnosis in unclear situations. People who are older or have compromised immune systems are most frequently affected and at a greater risk of complications.

Treatment involves antiviral medications and supportive treatments. Fortunately, shingles can be effectively prevented with a vaccine, which is recommended for all adults over age 50.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: symptoms of infection, dizziness, fatigue, rash, diarrhea

Symptoms that always occur with shingles (herpes zoster): grouped rash, rash

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Back Itch

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

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

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

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Back Itch Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced back itch have also experienced:

  • 7% Chest Itch
  • 6% Scalp Itchiness
  • 3% Feeling Itchy Or Tingling All Over

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

  • 80% Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • 20% Allergic Contact Dermatitis Of The Back

People who have experienced back itch had symptoms persist for:

  • 43% Over a month
  • 22% Less than a day
  • 17% Less than a week

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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