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3 Potential Upper Leg Itch Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Thigh

    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:
    upper leg itch, upper leg redness, scabbed area of the upper leg
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the thigh:
    upper leg redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  2. 2.Folliculitis

    Folliculitis is a common skin problem where hair follicles are infected by bacteria or fungi.

    Mild cases clear in a few days. More severe ones can cause hair loss and scarring.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    small upper leg lump, pink or red upper leg bump, upper leg itch, upper leg bump leaking yellow/milky fluid, yellow or white upper leg bump
    Symptoms that always occur with folliculitis:
    small upper leg lump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.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:
    painful thigh lump, skin-colored upper leg bump, upper leg itch, marble sized upper leg lump, small upper leg lump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Upper Leg Itch

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to glues, fragrances, preservatives, hair dyes, soaps, detergents, or other common household chemicals?

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Upper Leg Itch Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced upper leg itch have also experienced:

    • 20% Lower Leg Itch
    • 5% Knee Itch
    • 4% Ankle Itch
  • People who have experienced upper leg itch had symptoms persist for:

    • 30% Over a Month
    • 25% Less Than a Week
    • 24% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced upper leg itch were most often matched with:

    • 26% Dermatofibroma
    • 21% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Thigh
    • 2% Folliculitis
  • 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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