Pruritus or itching is an uncomfortable and irritating feeling that makes you want to scratch your skin. The area may look normal, red, bumpy, rough or discolored. Repeated scratching can make the area more irritated, feel leathery, bleed or prone to infection.

If your itching lasts more than two weeks, covers large areas of the body, keeps you from performing regular daily activities or comes on suddenly and can’t be explained you should seek care.