Comment by Dr J Singh on Wed 14, Jul 2010 12:55am:
Dr Ajit is absolutely right in saying that the itchy skin is due to liver causes and due to your alcohol
consumption, alcoholic liver disease needs to be ruled out. Itchy skin that isn't accompanied by other
obvious skin changes, such as a rash, is most often caused by dry skin (xerosis). Dry skin usually results
from hot or cold weather with low humidity levels, long-term use of air conditioning or central heating, and
washing or bathing too much. Other conditions cause itchy skin as well. Skin conditions like
psoriasis,dermatitis and hives, internal diseases like liver and kidney disorders, diabetes, iron deficiency
anemia, irritation and allergic reactions to chemicals, wool, soaps, cosmetics and certain foods can cause
itchy skin. The treatment remedies told By Dr Ajit are very helpful and you will benefit from these. Apart
from that, you can apply an anti-itch cream or lotion to the affected area. Oral antihistamine, such as
Benadryl can also be used. You should take a comfortably cool bath and wear smooth-textured cotton clothing.
Covering the affected area with bandages and dressings can help protect the skin and prevent scratching. You
should choose mild soaps without dyes or perfumes and use a mild, unscented laundry detergent when washing
clothes, towels and bedding. Please take a second opinion from a physician if the symptoms persist. He/She
will start with the specific medications. If an internal disease is found, whether it's liver disease,
kidney disease, iron deficiency or a thyroid problem, treating that disease often relieves the itch. Lastly,
Phototherapy can also be tried. Numbness and tingling are often in found in people taking alcohol. They are
called parasthesia. Other causes include metabolic disorders like diabetes, hypothyroidism, and
hypoparathyroidism. They can also be due to peripheral vascular disease, vitamin B12 deficiency or
malnutrition. Get your blood sugar and thyroid hormones levels evaluated. You can take some vit B12 for some
days and get your liver function tests done. I hope it helps. Take care and please do keep us posted in case
you have any additional doubts. Kind regards.
Comment by richard73 on Wed 14, Jul 2010 01:24pm:
Thank you very much for the responses Im going to wait a couple days and see if the itching or pains get any
worse, today the itching isnt as bad and the pain under right ribcage is very mild compared to a couple days
As for the itching i just wanted to clarify the itching isnt everywhere at once,but instead at random
locations all over my body, usually one area at a time? for example my right arm will have an itch and ill
scratch it for a couple seconds and its gone,then my neck might itch and it goes away after scratching for a
second, then my left leg etc. does this still sound like a possible liver issue?
I have of course stopped drinking and will see my doctor if anything gets worse. my medical insurance isnt the
best i have to pay 40% of all costs so im hoping this will resolve on its own, but I wont let that stop me
from seeing the doctor if my symptoms dont go away soon, I will follow up and Thanks again for your help.
Comment by Dr Ajit Singh on Wed 14, Jul 2010 11:44pm:
Hello richard73, at first i would have thought in terms of an allergic reaction secondary to chemical
irritants present in the fabrics of the mattress, clothes, perfumes, deodrants or soaps. However, kindly start
on with antihistamines and follow the precautionary measures which i have mailed you earlier on this post.
Neverthe less get a LFT done to rule out the possibility of alcoholic liver disease. Hope this helps you.
Comment by on Mon 11, Apr 2011 09:17pm:
Itching skin under rib area can be due to contact dermatitis, allergic reaction, viral infection, specific
skin diseases like shingles, scabies, eczema, hives or pityriasis rosea.
Comment by Carrie on Thu 06, Oct 2011 09:54am:
I have the same things and I do not drink alcohol. But with my case I have been having headaches usually about
3 major headaches a day. and my left arm this morning felt like i was having a muscle spasm from my elbow to
Comment by Noel Basnayor on Mon 16, Jul 2012 12:51pm:
i feel tingly under my right rib it's not painful but worried might have problem. i drink once a week
stopped smoking more than 11 years now please advise. thanks.