Itchy skin and liver

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3/6/2011 7:42am
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Anyone had issues with itchy skin?  Not on any treatment right now, off interferon since sept.  A little nervous because I googled itchy skin symptoms and came up with possible internal issues with liver.  Have onc appt tomorrow so of course I will bring it up, just need to shut my brain down from all the negative thinking but would also like a "heads up" if this was a symptom for liver mets?

Thanks, Laurie

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Lori C - (3/6/2011 - 9:21am)

an excess of bilirubin is what causing liver related itching.  However, an excess of bilirubin also causes jaundice, and if you have the itching, you would very likely also have yellowed sclera (whites of the eyes), etc. 

There are a million other more likely causes for itchy skin.  Don't panic!  The person I was caregiver for, Will, had 80% of his liver in tumor and his bilirubin never was a problem.  The other liver functions, yes.  But he never got itchy skin from it.

bestday - (3/6/2011 - 2:11pm)

I've had a red itchy spot I've been worried about recently too -- it is about the size of a dime or nickel and has been red, scaley and very itchy -- I've had it for about 3 weeks and it seems to finally be getting better. I too looked on line and was concerned because melanoma can come out in the form of a rash ... I kept thinking that if it isn't better in a couple days, I'll go have it looked at :-) Was yours a specific spot and red or was it generally itchy skin all over? Maybe it's just the winter weather? Hope you feel better soon!

Kim K - (3/7/2011 - 1:01am)

Been around any cats or kittens?  That also is consistant with ringworm...  A fungal infection easily treated with miconozole or similar products ex. tinactin.

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randy33704 - (1/14/2012 - 6:56am)

Hey Laurie,

Wish I could help you on this one but I too actually found this site by looking up itching of the skin as it may pertain to Melanoma.  I am a Melanoma survivor X 3 and am personally afraid to ask my Oncologist about this itchy part of my skin without rash but that has, about 1 to 2 inches away, a lump of some kind.  I don't want to think, with every little issue, oh no, Melanoma again but when you've been cut up as much as I have and had gone through all the treatments, tests, etc and found this sucker is a sneaky one, I never know when or how it's going to pop up its ugly head and I want to be ready, be proactive. 

So, if anyone does have any info on this, please let me know or well, let US know!

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