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left side of my face started itching like mad ?

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The skin on the left side of my face started itching like mad in the early hours of the morning, around 5am, and I can still feel it itching slightly. It encompasses the area under my left eye and down to my chain, but mostly the upper area of the cheek under the eye. I also get a dull pain in the temple area, which has been going on for a week or so.

About a month ago I had a tooth extracted on that side, upper jaw. A few a week ago I got some cold sores (which were likely from a combination of sun and stress, but has since healed). During this time I also went through a lot of mouth burning sensations, the roof of my mouth, my lips, part of my tongue, but that has now subsided.

There is no redness, no swelling, no dry patches, no rash, no skin shedding. It just feels very itchy and warm.

I've not changed my detergent or body wash, and the sheets were washed a couple days ago.

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replied August 16th, 2011
Skin Answer A26042

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. These itchy sensations can be due to contact dermatitis or drying of the skin. Do not use any cosmetic products at the sites.

You can apply some calamine lotion at the rash as it will help in soothing the skin. You can take some oral antihistamine medications like Benadryl or Claritin after consulting your doctor and also get prescribed some mild steroid cream.

If the symptoms persist then get nerve injury after tooth extraction (although less likely) ruled out.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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