Home » Your Health » Scratching the Surface of 9 Health Reasons For Itching

Scratching the Surface of 9 Health Reasons For Itching

We all have an itch once in a while…but what’s causing it may leave us scratching our heads. While there’s often no cause for concern when you have a bout of itchiness, there are other times your skin may be trying to tell you something.

Itchiness could be from contaminants in your environment or an allergic reaction from food. Identifying the source of your itch can be the first step in getting rid of it—when scratching just doesn’t do the trick. Let’s take a look at nine health reasons you may be scratching…

1. Milk Allergies

HealthLine.com notes that the essence of cow (namely, milk) may be the reason you’re feeling itchy. Some people have an “immune reaction to one of the many proteins in animal milk,” and most commonly the S1-Casein protein found in bovine milk, notes the source.

There can be many other symptoms attached to a milk allergy, such as stomach cramps, coughing or a runny nose. However, you may also develop a skin rash. If you have a combination of these symptoms, try avoiding milk for a while or see a doctor to assess the source.

milk 3

Next »

We Recommend

More on ActiveBeat

  • 7 Foods That Are Bad For Your Skin
    Many people take great pride in having smooth, soft skin that almost seems to radiate outwards, inviting others to touch it.
    Your Health
  • Tattoos Pose Significant Health Risk, Study Suggests
    A new study reveals that tattoos can pose significant health risks. In fact, it finds that roughly one in ten people who get a tattoo will have some kind of associated health...
    Your Health
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes: Causes, Signs, Diagnosis, and Treatment
    You likely haven’t given too much thought to your skin, joints, and blood vessels lately—unless you’ve suffered an wound that required stitches or a joint injury that put you...
    Your Health
  • Tanning Bed Usage on the Decline, Report Shows
    A new study suggests that fewer Americans see using a tanning bed as a critical step towards feeling and looking beautiful.
    Your Health
  • 11 Common Skin Rashes in Children
    Rashes in children are a common occurrence. They represent a reaction and consist of a noticeable change in the texture or color of the skin.
    Your Health
  • The 12 Most Common Adult Skin Disorders
    The skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs of the body. Adults may suffer from a variety of skin disorders with tremendous variation in symptoms and severity.
    Your Health
  • 7 Foods that Aggravate Psoriasis
    If you suffer from reoccurring psoriasis flare-ups—an autoimmune disorder characterized by rapid skin cell growth that triggers scaly, inflamed, red patches of skin to...
    Your Health
  • 6 Itchy Truths about Psoriasis for Psoriasis Awareness Month
    Psoriasis is described as "one of the most baffling and persistent of skin disorders" by WebMD, but it affects about 2-percent of the U.S.
    Your Health
  • Video: Breaking Barriers for People with Psoriasis
    The theme for World Psoriasis Day 2016 is "Breaking Barriers for People with Psoriasis". The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) created this colourful...
    Your Health
  • Tell Winter Psoriasis To Flake Off!
    If Jack Frost isn’t already nibbling at your nose and your toes—chances are he will be soon enough.
    Your Health
  • 10 Home Remedies For Psoriasis
    Individuals who suffer from psoriasis know how uncomfortable it can be. While there are countless products on the market claiming to clear up psoriasis, many of them have been...
    Your Health
  • 9 Lifestyle Tips to Manage Psoriasis
    If you’re among the 7.5 million psoriasis sufferers in the United States, you’re forced to live day to day with the chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes skin cells...
    Your Health
  • 8 Treatment Options for Vitiligo
    Few people have ever heard of vitiligo, a disorder that leads to the skin losing its color, often resulting in white patches.
    Your Health
  • 6 Health Conditions that Go Hand-in-Hand with Psoriasis
    August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. A time when we do our best to help educate and dispell myths surrounding the chronic skin condition. Psoriasis sufferers are among 7.
    Your Health
  • 6 Health Remedies to Treat Minor Burns
    There are a number of ways you can accidentally burn yourself at home or at work – whether you spill some boiling water on your hand from a pot or kettle, touch a hot iron, rest...
    Your Health