Hypothyroidism Can Cause Itching

Every now and then, we have experienced an itchy hand or foot. It is very bothersome and totally annoying for some who have experienced this. Sometimes the itching is accompanied with rashes and some have watery blisters. So what are the causes of the itching?

There are numerous numbers of reasons for the itching of your hands and feet. The reasons are categorized into two. First category is called exogenous cause, which means that the cause is from the outside of the body. The second category is called endogenous cause, meaning the reason is from the inside of the body.

Under the exogenous causes includes contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is caused by irritants like soap, detergents, cosmetic products, and other allergy causing products like nickel and rubber. These items may result to itchy hands and feet. Severe itching of the hand may also occur after being in contact with garlic and some vegetables. Eating highly allergic foods like seafood can also result to itchy hands and feet. Taking medications like penicillin and sulfa drugs also make the same results. Contact dermatitis may also be triggered with contact of solvents, fiber glass and paints. The inflammatory response from secondary infection may also cause the itchiness of both hands and feet. Erupted pompholyx from bacterial or fungal infection may also cause the itching.

Endogenous causes are further classified into systemic causes, idiopathic causes, psychogenic causes, vitamin deficiency and dyshidrotic causes. Systemic disturbances in the body like kidney failure, endocrine disorders like hyeper- or hypothyroidism, blood disorders, all of this may result to itching of the hands and feet. Diseases like HIV infection and Crohns disease also results to generalize itching which may start at the feet and hands. The same is true with atopic dermatitis, senile pruritus, and aquagenic pruritus. If the reason for the itching is not known, then it is called idiopathic itchy palms and soles. Deficiency of vitamins B1, B6, and B12 may also result to burning sensation in the feet and hands accompanied by itching. When there are no visible rashes in the palms and soles, then the reason for the itching may be attributed to stress and anxiety. Excessive sweating of the hands and feet can also contribute to itching of hands and feet.

There are other skin conditions that can also cause itching of the hands and feet. This includes palmoplantar psoariasis or the scaling of the palms and soles. This may also be painful and scaling varies in grades. Ringworm in the hands and feet can also cause itching. Ringworms can be recognized by its rounded and scaly characteristic. If the itching is in the finger webs, then it may be a symptom of scabies. Nocturnal itching may start before the burrows can be visible. Candidal intertrigo is common to housewives, hairdressers, house cleaners and farmers. Candidal infection is visible in the web spaces of both the hand and sole and it causes itchiness and burning sensation.

If you are experiencing a persistent itching in the hands and feet, then it is advisable that you immediately refer this to your dermatologist to pinpoint the cause of the itching and necessary medications may be taken.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can thyroid medication cause a dog to have itchy ears and skin?
    My 13 year old beagle has been on thyroid meds for hypothyroidism for the past 3 weeks. In the past year she has had some skin and coat problems. Some of the symptoms were short-lived, but she is still stuck with a thin coat, hair loss on her tail and some areas with dark skin.We are hoping that eventually the thyroid treatment will correct this. However, after being on these meds for a few weeks she has been itching her ears and skin. For the first time ever I cleaned out her ears with q-tips and ear solution… lots of dry, flaky, dark gunk. They are less itchy for her now, but not perfect. She has also been scratching her skin and upon inspection her skin is very dry and flaky. WIth all the skin problems she has had, she has never been itchy. I’m assuming it is just due to it being dry and flaky. Can thyroid medication cause this – or perhaps too high of a dose? She is due for a check up soon to see if her dosage needs to be adjusted. I’m hoping someone can speak of experience with their hypothyroid dog.
    I believe the medication is thyroxine. Not sure of the dosage, but it’s twice a day.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to consult your vet and you need to pull the bottle down and LOOK at the label and read it to see to make sure that you are giving him his meds correctly as you stated that you aren’t sure what it is.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can you explain this cause the Dr can’t?
    Ok…I am having issues and the Dr can’t figure it out. I am a month late for my cycle and I am ttc. Now sorry ahead of time for any disgrasfulness. Now my breast are getting sore day by day and my nipples hurt and itch, tummy gets a pulling feeling once a day and I have to breath through it, I also have been noticing my CM goes from being watery egg white mix, egg white another time, and milky another and this is from day to day, now I have what feels like contractions. Every now and then being tired, but being that I have a 3 year old boy I can’t really sleep. I have heard that if your pregnant then down below will be sore now I don’t know if this true feel free let me know other wise. I went to the dr. and he told he didn’t know what was wrong with me I took a urine test at the dr’s office it came back neg. Now I have been on thyroid pills due to my hypothyroidism and got off of b/c. I know that it could be possible it’s my thyroid pills or b/c but I don’t think so. My stomach feels tight and swollen why would that be? If anyone can help me let me know. Thank you for your suggestions. Peace, love and babydust to all.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not a doctor so I don’t know the answer. However I can give some advice. If I were you I would get a second opinion. I would go to another doctor and maybe get a blood pregnancy test. I know when I was preggers with my ex-husband’s baby (which I later miscarried) I took a urine test at the doctors and it came back negative, so they gave me a blood test and it came back positive. They later did an ultrasound and I was 8 wks pregnant. Don’t know if this helps but that is what I would do if I were you.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can anybody help me answer my feminine health question?
    For the past five months, I haven’t had a period. I talked to my doctor about it and she had me tested for hypothyroidism. I recently received the results and they were negative. Needless to say, I’m still left with the question of why exactly I’ve been missing my periods. Other symptoms that have arisen at a similar time include a dry and itchy inner labia as well as certain digestive issues. I had ignored these at first and didn’t mention them to my doctor because I thought that the itch could have been caused by a skin condition I have and that the digestive troubles could have been a result of my lactose intolerance, but they persist along with my missed periods. I’ve also been breaking out and gained weight. Is there any explanation you can think of?
    I’m sorry I seem to have missed mentioning that I am not now nor have I been sexually active recently.

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  4. QUESTION:
    Aspartame Side Effects?
    Can aspartame really cause side effects such as:
    Eye blindness in one or both eyes
    decreased vision and/or other eye problems such as: blurring, bright flashes, squiggly lines, tunnel vision, decreased night vision
    pain in one or both eyes
    decreased tears
    trouble with contact lenses
    bulging eyes

    Ear
    tinnitus – ringing or buzzing sound
    severe intolerance of noise
    marked hearing impairment

    Neurologic
    epileptic seizures
    headaches, migraines and (some severe)
    dizziness, unsteadiness, both
    confusion, memory loss, both
    severe drowsiness and sleepiness
    paresthesia or numbness of the limbs
    severe slurring of speech
    severe hyperactivity and restless legs
    atypical facial pain
    severe tremors

    Psychological/Psychiatric
    severe depression
    irritability
    aggression
    anxiety
    personality changes
    insomnia
    phobias

    Chest
    palpitations, tachycardia
    shortness of breath
    recent high blood pressure

    Gastrointestinal
    nausea
    diarrhea, sometimes with blood in stools
    abdominal pain
    pain when swallowing

    Skin and Allergies
    itching without a rash
    lip and mouth reactions
    hives
    aggravated respiratory allergies such as asthma

    Endocrine and Metabolic
    loss of control of diabetes
    menstrual changes
    marked thinning or loss of hair
    marked weight loss
    gradual weight gain
    aggravated low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
    severe PMS

    Other
    frequency of voiding and burning during urination
    excessive thirst, fluid retention, leg swelling, and bloating
    increased susceptibility to infection

    Additional Symptoms of Aspartame Toxicity include the most critical symptoms of all
    death
    irreversible brain damage
    birth defects, including mental retardation
    peptic ulcers
    aspartame addiction and increased craving for sweets
    hyperactivity in children
    severe depression
    aggressive behavior
    suicidal tendencies

    Aspartame may trigger, mimic, or cause the following illnesses:
    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Epstein-Barr
    Post-Polio Syndrome
    Lyme Disease
    Grave’s Disease
    Meniere’s Disease
    Alzheimer’s Disease
    ALS
    Epilepsy
    Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
    EMS
    Hypothyroidism
    Mercury sensitivity from Amalgam fillings
    Fibromyalgia
    Lupus
    non-Hodgkins
    Lymphoma
    Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

    • ANSWER:
      This rumor has been going around for years, and it totally false. Some people may be sensitive to it, but it does not cause the diseases you listed or any other illness. Several of the diseases have been around since the late 1300 or early 1400, such as Multiple Sclerosis.

      If only this were the answer, then it would be great. I for one have Multiple Sclerosis and never drank a diet drink until a few years ago, way after I had symptoms. And that is only once or twice a week at most. A family member of mine is a Neuro Pharmacologist and a professor at UC Irvine medical school She stated that she is one of the worse diet coke drinkers and is very healthy.

      She is the one that said the statement about how long some of these diseases have been around. I trust her totally and not because she is related, because she has been in research for several years.

      Please check this website for more info on Aspartame. Take care.

      www.snopes.com and type in aspartame. It has a lot of info that I did not post.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is causing swelling of the vagina and white discharge?
    I was recently diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and started taking synthroid for it. I later had a bad ear infection and was given medicine to take for it. When I started taking both medicines my vagina got infected and I went to the doctor who told me I had vaginitis. My inner and outer labia was swollen. My medicine he gave me helped but now when my husband and I have sex my inner and outer labia swells back up and starts itching then this white substance starts coming out of my vagina. It takes about a day for the swelling and itching to go away. I don’t know what it could be, anyone have any ideas. I’ve made an appointment with my ob/gyn but I can’t get in until September 15. I’m just worried because my husband and I are trying to conceive but I get scared when we go to have sex because of what’s going to happen afterwards.

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  6. QUESTION:
    Desperate for help finding boyfriends problem? Low THS, high AST & ALT, twitching in sleep? Please read?
    Background: My boyfriend suffers from bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety. He also has hypothyroidism, but that’s under scrutiny right now. He takes Cymbalta for depression, Lithium for mania, Cytomel and Synthroid for his thyroid, and Dupleek (I think this is an aid of sorts to help all his pills work together). He’s been on medication for his bipolar disorder for years, and recently they put him on adderall for a week in June to deal with ADD, but they discontinued after he began itching all over from it. The itching disappeared the day he stopped taking it.

    For the past couple of months, he has been twitching in his sleep. Not little twitches. Full body jerking, really, but not quite like a seizure. We’ve spoken to his psychiatrist and his physician, and the psychiatrist was the only one who really talked to us about it. He basically said that the twitching was causing mini awakenings that he didn’t remember, and that it kept him from sleeping deeply (he sleeps all day because he isn’t actually getting rest). His psychiatrist doesn’t believe sleeping aids will help, and that our best bet would be to deal with the underlaying issue. We have no idea what that issue could be.

    In May we had become very ill, and he got his blood work drawn. He had high AST and ALT scores, and the doctor immediately jumped to Hep A. He had another metabolic panel done in June, and they were EVEN HIGHER. He drew more blood for a hepatitis panel (I don’t understand why he didn’t do it in the first place), and he had a liver ultrasound done on friday. We’re waiting for results, but they keep jerking us around.

    ON TOP of all this, his TSH levels were extremely low. The psychiatrist and doctor are having a debate about whether or not that means he needs to continue with his hypothyroidism medicine, all the while we’re just sitting around waiting for someone to tell us what the hell is going on.

    I know this seems like a lot of random information, but can ANYBODY help us figure out where to go from here? Have any of you experienced anything similar. HELP.

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