It may be an allergy and those are classic allergy symptoms. It is allergy season. Dogs do not have the same symptoms we do. As time goes on without treatment they will lick the skin and it will turn black/purple on the lower stomach or paws you will notice it on the pads. Temaril is a light steroid and is what most vets go to first to try to get the allergy in control. Sometimes that is all that is needed because it is seasonal. My girl has allergy's and did Temaril, an antibiotic, and a topical antibontic/fungal/steroid. She is still scratching not as much. Boo Boo my Lhasa also was on Temaril (none of the other stuff) he is no longer itching, he has many allergys and has been tested. Misty's probably has been developing over time, we are going to take her for testing at NC State vet school before it gets worse. White dogs have a higher rate of allergys and skin problems. The itching, scratching and biting can be obnoxious, but if it makes us miserable....think of how your dog feels. Misty had the food test they didn't think it was her food but still checked. The reason is Boo Boo has food sensitivity too wheat and corn..also this means no food where the protein source would have been fed corn or wheat. So no farmed fish or chicken and turkey and in the US these are often fed corn as are some farmed fish and of course corn fed cows and even lamb. Wow, who Knew. So the vet knew she was on a good food. Yes there is pollen in the air and it gets in their hair, but the main problem is they inhale from the air. You really should consider taking Eli to the vet so you can get this under control before it gets worse.
Robbie, Boo Boo, Yogi, and Misty's human.
Poohkey miss you, monkey.