Unbearable itching of the hands and feet.


Q: I have extremely itchy hands and feet that keep me up at night. The issue occurs only at night, and there is no rash present other than a redness and swelling that occurs from my scratching. It doesn't happen every night, and I don't itch anywhere else on my body. I work late so a lot of the time the itch is starting an hour and a half to 2 hours after I eat food. I was wondering if it could be a food allergy but there is no wheezing or hives and the itch is only in these specific areas. It's not scabies either, I've had that before when I was a kid and this is only on my hands and feet, specifically the palms, fingers, soles of my feet, and the arches, sometimes my toes. I recently discovered a slight gluten sensitivity and have cut all gluten from my diet. Been gluten free for a few months now. I do not drink coffee, and recently I have discovered that certain teas give me metabolic distress as well as causes sluggishness, dizziness, and causes me to feel like I might vomit for hours after drinking the tea. So now I don't drink tea. But if I have an energy drink, I feel fine. It seems I either have some sort of allergy that I haven't been able to pin down, or there is something else going on. Any idea what is causing this? It's unbearable.

Symptoms:  Itching on hands and feet at night, dizziness, sluggishness, feeling nauseous, diarrhea sometimes, stomach aches and cramps after consuming certain unknown foods. The itching occurs even if I haven't eaten anything, always at night.

A:   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: I really want a cat but suffer with allergies. Is there any way I can live with one and control the allergy

Q: Hi I wanted to see if my symptoms might be caused by a food sensitivity. I have a dry itchy flaky scrap, itchy skin ...

Q: Hello doctor I'm living in a very seasonal allergic pollotion city. Last month, I started getting there infections...

Q: I have been scheduled for a drug allergy challenge involving acetaminophen. The center will not have a physician in ...

Q: Hi There, I am an alcoholic. I have been drinking for years heavily (vodka) and then switched to wine to try to tamp...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon