Although a serious underlining medical condition rarely causes it, an itchy stomach can be very uncomfortable. Here are some of the most common causes of an itchy stomach.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition characterized by itchy, scaly, and dry skin. In more severe cases, it can also result in painful bumps that can leak fluid. It’s usually treated with corticosteroids and antihistamines, although severe cases may require phototherapy.
A subtype of eczema, contact dermatitis can happen when your skin comes into contact with an irritant like belly button piercings, latex, and different cleaning products. If you recently changed your soap or laundry detergent this condition can cause your stomach rash.
One of the most common causes of an itchy stomach is an infection. Usually, these infections can be caused by organisms like lice or scabies, in which case you should be seeing a lot of red blisters and bumps on your stomach.
If you notice red itchy bumps that appear at night and form a zigzag pattern, you might have bedbugs in your home. You can usually tell their presence by seeing blood on your sheets, and bedbug eggs, feces, and shed skins. To get rid of this parasite contact a professional pest control company.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy and the stretching of your skin can often cause an itchy stomach. However, if it’s accompanied by dark urine, itching of the hands and feet, and pale bowel movements, it could be a sign of a potentially dangerous condition called intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP).
None of these common causes of an itchy stomach are considered a medical emergency. However, if you do notice some of the mentioned symptoms aren’t going away after a couple of days, contact your doctor so he or she can do a proper examination.