Call your health care provider if you have itching that:
- Is severe
- Does not go away
- Cannot be easily explained
Also call if you have other, unexplained symptoms.
With most itching, you do not need to see a health care provider. Look for an obvious cause of itching at home.
It is sometimes easy for a parent to find the cause of a child's itching. Looking closely at the skin will help you identify any bites, stings, rashes, dry skin, or irritation. Often the cause of itching is clear, such as a mosquito bite.
Have the itching checked out as soon as possible if it keeps returning and does not have a clear cause, you have itching all over your body, or you have hives that keep returning. Unexplained itching may be a symptom of a disease that could be serious.