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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Back Itch

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced back itch. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.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.

    1-2 days

    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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  2. 2.Dermatofibroma

    Dermatofibroma (superficial benign fibrous histiocytoma) is a common cutaneous nodule of unknown etiology that occurs more often in women. Dermatofibroma frequently develops on the extremities (mostly the lower legs) and is usually asymptomatic, although pruritus and tenderness can be present

    Resolves with treatment

    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
  3. 3.Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

    Shingles (herpes zoster) is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus - the same virus that causes chickenpox. Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching, usually on one side of the body or face. Rashes or blisters appear anywhere from one to 14 days later. If shingles appears on the face, it may affect vision or hearing.

    An episode usually lasts 2-4 weeks.

    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

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

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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 had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Day
    • 17% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced back itch were most often matched with:

    • 80% Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
    • 20% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Back
  • 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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