Shin Itch Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your shin itch symptoms with Buoy, including 4 causes and common questions concerning your shin itch.

  1. 4 Possible Shin Itch Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Shin Itch FAQ
  4. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  5. Statistics
  6. Related Articles

4 Possible Shin Itch Causes

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


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, ...

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Restless legs syndrome (rls)

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a chronic condition characterized by uncomfortable sensations while lying down and a strong urge to move the legs. Leg movement relieves the unpleasant sensations temporarily, often resulting in poor quality sleep. RLS is co...

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Allergic contact dermatitis of the lower leg

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: lower leg redness, lower leg itch, scabbed area of the lower leg

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

Urgency: Self-treatment

Non-specific insect bite

Insect bites are very common. The saliva given off during the bit can sometimes cause dangerous allergic reactions that affect your ability to breathe. However, the vast majority of insect bites have no adverse effects besides the inflammation where the bite occurred.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms:

Urgency: Self-treatment

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FAQs About Shin Itch

Here are some frequently asked questions about shin itch.

Why does my shin itch randomly?

There are many reasons why you may have an itchy shin, which is a fairly nonspecific symptom. A common cause is very dry skin, or xerosis, which is exacerbated during the winter. Another cause is insect bites. More rarely, shin itching can represent a more systemic inflammatory process such as Sjogren's syndrome, amyloidosis, or diabetes although, it would be rare that only the shins would be affected in these cases.

Can eczema cause itchy shins?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, can definitely cause itchy shins, just as it may cause itchiness anywhere else on the body. Eczema occurs most frequently in children, but also affects many adults. Signs that you may have eczema include dry skin with frequent itching, redness, and localized skin thickening. Topical corticosteroids and emollients should help alleviate the itchiness.

What causes skin to be itchy at night?

During sleep, several key functions of the skin may be altered, including heat regulation, maintenance of fluid balance, and barrier function. Changes in each of these regulatory mechanisms can contribute to nocturnal itchiness. Studies also show that the body's regulation of hormones, such as cortisol changes at night, lead to increases in itchiness. Finally, individuals under heightened levels of stress and depression may be at higher risk of nocturnal itch.

Is my itchy skin a sign of diabetes?

Chronic diabetes increases your risk of developing atherosclerotic plaques in your blood vessels, which then leads to poor blood circulation. Poor blood circulation increases the risk of developing dry skin since nutrients do not reach the skin cells as efficiently. It also increases the risk of infections as the bodys immune cells are not able to reach distal areas of the body as effectively. As such, shin itching, which can stem from dryness or infection, can be a manifestation of chronic, poorly controlled diabetes.

Is itchy skin a sign of thyroid problems?

Possibly. Dysregulation of thyroid hormones in the body has systemic effects; these hormones play many roles in the body, including maintenance of the skin. Hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormone levels) can cause dry and flaky skin that may cause itchiness. Hyperthyroidism (high thyroid hormone levels) has also shown to be associated with itchiness in several studies.

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Shin Itch

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

  • Are your symptoms worse during the late afternoon or night?
  • Do you have trouble sleeping?
  • Have you been experiencing an unpleasant urge to move your legs?
  • Do your symptoms get worse at rest?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Shin Itch Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced shin itch have also experienced:

  • 6% Shin Skin Changes
  • 5% Rash On One Lower Leg
  • 4% Shin Pain

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

  • 75% Restless Legs Syndrome (Rls)
  • 25% Allergic Contact Dermatitis Of The Lower Leg

People who have experienced shin itch had symptoms persist for:

  • 37% Over a month
  • 25% Less than a day
  • 19% Less than a week

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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