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 for Barber''s itch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Itch \Itch\, n.
     1. (Med.) An eruption of small, isolated, acuminated
        vesicles, produced by the entrance of a parasitic mite
        (the Sarcoptes scabei), and attended with itching. It is
        transmissible by contact.
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     2. Any itching eruption.
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     3. A sensation in the skin occasioned (or resembling that
        occasioned) by the itch eruption; -- called also
        scabies, psora, etc.
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     4. A constant irritating desire.
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              An itch of being thought a divine king. --Dryden.
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     Baker's itch. See under Baker.
     Barber's itch, sycosis.
     Bricklayer's itch, an eczema of the hands attended with
        much itching, occurring among bricklayers.
     Grocer's itch, an itching eruption, being a variety of
        eczema, produced by the sugar mite ({Tyrogluphus
     Itch insect (Zool.), a small parasitic mite ({Sarcoptes
        scabei) which burrows and breeds beneath the human skin,
        thus causing the disease known as the itch. See Illust. in
     Itch mite. (Zool.) Same as Itch insect, above. Also,
        other similar mites affecting the lower animals, as the
        horse and ox.
     Sugar baker's itch, a variety of eczema, due to the action
        of sugar upon the skin.
     Washerwoman's itch, eczema of the hands and arms, occurring
        among washerwomen.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Barber \Bar"ber\ (b[aum]r"b[~e]r), n. [OE. barbour, OF. barbeor,
     F. barbier, as if fr. an assumed L. barbator, fr. barba
     beard. See 1st Barb.]
     One whose occupation it is to shave or trim the beard, and to
     cut and dress the hair of his patrons.
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     Barber's itch. See under Itch.
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     Note: Formerly the barber practiced some offices of surgery,
           such as letting blood and pulling teeth. Hence such
           terms as barber surgeon (old form
     barber chirurgeon),
     barber surgery, etc.
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