5 Possible Face Itch Causes
The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced face itch. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.
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 history of atopic dermatitis, asthma, or hay fever.
Infants will have a dry, scaly, itchy rash on the scalp, forehead, and cheeks. Older children will have the rash in the creases of elbows, knees, and buttocks.
Without treatment, a child may have trouble sleeping due to the intense itching. Constant scratching may cause skin infections.
Eczema cannot be cured, but it can be controlled through prescribed medications, skin care, stress management, and treatment of food allergies. People with eczema often have allergies to milk, nuts, and shellfish. Keeping the skin clean and moisturized helps prevent flares.
Top Symptoms: trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash
Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis): fever
Urgency: Phone call or in-person visit
Allergic contact dermatitis of the face
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.
Top Symptoms: facial redness, face itch, scabbed area of the face
Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the face: facial redness
Folliculitis is a common skin problem where hair follicles are infected by bacteria or fungi.
Top Symptoms: small facial lump, pink or red facial bump, face itch, facial bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, yellow or white facial bump
Symptoms that always occur with folliculitis: small facial lump
Allergic reaction to poison ivy/oak/sumac
Plants of the Toxicodendron genus are found throughout the continental United States, and exposure to these plants is a leading cause of contact dermititis, a medical term used to describe irritation and itching of the skin.
Top Symptoms: rash, itchy rash, red rash, skin changes on arm, stinging or burning rash
Symptoms that always occur with allergic reaction to poison ivy/oak/sumac: itchy rash, rash
Symptoms that never occur with allergic reaction to poison ivy/oak/sumac: fever
A dermatofibroma is a common skin growth that usually appears on the(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/lower-leg-bump/), 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,(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/light-red-or-pink-bump-skin/), 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.
Top Symptoms: small facial lump, pink or red facial bump, face itch, skin-colored facial bump, painful facial bump
Urgency: Wait and watch
Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Face Itch
To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:
- Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?
- Any fever today or during the last week?
- Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to glues, fragrances, preservatives, hair dyes, soaps, detergents, or other common household chemicals?
- Do you have skin changes anywhere that skin touches or rubs other skin (such as the back of the knee, inside of the elbow or wrist, or the armpit)?
The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.
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Face Itch Symptom Checker Statistics
People who have experienced face itch have also experienced:
- 11% Facial Redness
- 9% Swollen Face
- 4% Scalp Itchiness
People who have experienced face itch were most often matched with:
- 50% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
- 25% Allergic Contact Dermatitis Of The Face
- 25% Folliculitis
People who have experienced face itch had symptoms persist for:
- 34% Less than a day
- 33% Less than a week
- 18% Over a month
Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).