The 15 Causes of ITCHING You’ve Never Heard About

Discover 15 causes of itching that you’ve probably never heard about. Number 13 might surprise you!


0:00 Introduction: 15 deeper causes of itching
1:38 Itching and diabetes
2:25 Itching and the parathyroid gland
3:03 Uremia
4:22 Remedies for itching

In this video, I’m going to share 15 underlying causes of itching. Pruritus is the medical term for itching. Itching usually involves a superficial nerve that is aggravated to some level.

Here are 15 causes of itching:
1. Body lice
2. Scabies
3. Hookworms
4. Herpes
5. Insect bites
6. Yeast infection
7. Poison ivy
8. Tick bites
9. Diabetes
10. Polycythemia
11. Problems with the parathyroid glands
12. Uremia
13. Liver issues
14. Cholestasis
15. Dry skin

Itching is often a symptom of diabetes because of circulation problems. Poor circulation causes the nerves to die, which can feel like itching or burning pain and even cause severe pain.

Polycythemia is a condition where you have too many red blood cells. This can decrease circulation and the amount of oxygen in your skin, causing itching.

The parathyroid gland consists of 4 glands around the thyroid that control calcium. If the thyroid works too hard, you could develop too much calcium in the blood. This can lead to calcification of your skin, which can affect your nerve endings.

Liver issues like cirrhosis, hepatitis, or cholestasis can cause itching. You can develop cholestasis if the liver’s function is impaired and it can no longer make bile salts.

Dry skin is a common cause of itching, often caused by a lack of vitamin A or vitamin D.

There is a high correlation between people who have itching and people with liver or gallbladder issues. This is typically caused by irritation to the gallbladder and decreased omega-3 fatty acids.

Dietary changes can help eliminate itching. TUDCA, a bile salt that helps thin the bile, has been found to significantly decrease itching in people with cirrhosis.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this increases your awareness about the potential causes of itching. I’ll see you in the next video.

Dave McKinnon

  • @mahdi7299 says:

    00:14 🐜 Itching, medically known as pruritis, can be caused by various factors such as lice, scabies, hookworms, herpes, insect bites, yeast infections, and poison ivy.
    01:35 🕵 Tick bites, diabetes, and polycythemia (excess red blood cells) can lead to itching due to issues with circulation, nerve endings, and blood flow.
    02:42 🩸 Problems with the parathyroid gland, liver conditions like cirrhosis or hepatitis, and kidney issues (uremia) can contribute to itching, affecting nerve function and skin health.
    04:05 💊 Itching may be linked to gallbladder or liver problems, causing irritation and a decrease in omega-3 fatty acids. Dietary changes and bile salt supplementation can alleviate itching associated with liver issues.
    05:00 🧠 Scratching an itch stimulates serotonin and dopamine release, providing relief. Understanding the underlying causes of chronic itching is crucial for effective identification and management.

  • @ribbit1964 says:

    Dr Berg FTW! You have a video for everything….thanks!

  • @pjprevite3021 says:

    I suddenly got itchy watching this video. Stay well Dr berg!

  • @aroyaliota says:

    Can’t stop scratching after watching this video 😂🎉

  • @bigk2080 says:

    Poison ivy is the devil’s vine 😂

  • @peggyjk says:

    How long should one take your liver cleanse capsules? Would dairy affect itching?

  • @mekman4 says:

    Thank you and good morning!

  • @Lynny1651 says:

    Thank you Dr Berg very informative,

  • @Dr._Wan___PharmD says:

    You are such a comedian. Phantom itch is well described and even known to the public. It can occur after amputation of any innervated body part. Among the roughly 60% of women with phantom sensations after mastectomy, itch was the most common.

  • @24k__J says:

    Anyone else start itching when they watched this ? 😂

  • @Teaganderry says:

    When your liver/gall bladder is not working correctly, your skin becomes a “waste organ.”

  • @clairestevens3194 says:

    If the only place you can live has a LOT of mold and you itch all over and wheeze, is there any med or supplement that can help symptoms. The person is homeless and has no other place to go that allows her to bring her pets. The owners allow her to stay for free but don’t want anything done to the room. She and they can’t afford air cleaners or to replace the furniture.

    • @whiterose949 says:

      Yes I need to know this too! I am stuck somewhere with mold for a while and have horrible skin itching.

  • @Oooo010o says:

    Please do a video on how to do a parasite cleanse

  • @senseicorey9979 says:

    I had a problem 2 years ago where I could NOT be in direct sunlight or I would itch like a crack head. Started taking vitamins B and D and it cleared right up

  • @DoctorDgnMD says:

    You have very good information, your content is very high quality, congratulations doctor.

  • @dawnelder9046 says:

    My back itches. Dry skin. Started getting my husband to put on caster oil. Wonderful stuff.

  • @estherrebeccaadonyo9297 says:

    Thank you Dr. Berg. This is wonderful stuff. Love ❤️ from Uganda 🇺🇬 in East Africa.

  • @veeragowadia967 says:

    I am 60 & never fallen ill except for seasonal flu since last 2 yrs; I listen to my body; am a total naughty kid like person(obviously as I’m teaching kids since 43 yrs at home) no addiction except spearmint tea & yes… I’m still healthy(no outside food) YET I hear you read you COZ every word makes sense & awares me ..Thank – you from India with love❤

  • @estevennurkin5183 says:

    Bless you Dr. Berg
    Always wonderful videos👍

  • @user-yq9lt8jn6r says:

    Thank you for sharing another great video Dr Berg. Can you talk about nerve recovery after broken humerus surgery? May God blessed you and your family!

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