What is an itchy back?
An itchy back is itching isolated to the skin on the back – between the neck and buttocks. It may or may not present with a skin rash. An itchy back is a common occurrence that is often not related to any underlying skin disease or other medical condition. Many cases of an itchy back are a consequence of poor hygiene, excessive sweating on the back and irritation by clothing. However, there are several skin diseases which tend to occur on the back thereby causing itchiness of the skin.
These conditions may not be solely isolated to the back and lesions may be seen elsewhere on the body as well. It is therefore important to differentiate between the occasional episode of an itchy back and persistent itching that is ongoing for weeks and months. The presence of a skin rash, bumps and pimples are also useful indicators of whether an itchy back is just a temporary irritation or due to an underlying skin disease.