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FAQ's For Itching


Avoid excessive heat and humidity. Wear loose, soft clothes which do not cause irritation to the skin. Use deep moisturizing lotions and make sure there are no allergens in the ingredients list which may be causing a reaction. Cold compresses and lukewarm or oatmeal baths also help soothe irritated or inflammed skin.

Itchiness is often caused by very dry skin. However if persitent and severe, the cause may be anything from parasites burrowing in the skin and skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis, to thryoid complications and cancer. Consultation with a dermatologist will reveal the exact reason for specific cases.

Itchy skin is often a sign of very dry skin. However it can also be a sign of an underlying illness like liver desease, kidney failure, anaemia, thyroid problems, certain cancers, and nerve disorders.

For patients suffering from eczema, avoiding certain foods can help ease itchiness. These foods include gluten, citrus fruits, dairy, eggs, soy, tomatoes and certain types of nuts and spices.

Hydrocortisone creams, antihistamines, moisturizing lotions and herbal supplements effectively stop skin irritation.

Itching is an irritable sensation that makes a patient want to scratch their own skin excessively. Occasionally it can be accompanied by rashes or hives. Itching or pruritis can be caused by:
Skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, which causes chronic and severe skin irritation
Allergic reactions to food, insect bites, pollen, and certain medicines
Parasites such as ringworm, body lice, scabies, etc
Liver, kidney or thyroid complications
Nervous diseases like shingles and diabetes
Chemical irritants in cosmetics and other products
Cancer or cancer treatments

In most cases, skin itching is not threatening and can be easily treated at home. Remedies for itchy skin all over include:
Using hydrating and moisturizing lotions
Taking lukewarm or oatmeal baths
Applying cold compresses all over the body to soothe the burning sensation
Using OTC antihistamines or hydrocortisone cream
Wearing comfortable, loose, cotton clothing
Avoiding fabrics that cause skin irritation
Avoiding high heat and humidity

However, if persistent and severe, itchy skin treatment can include medicines and therapy as prescribed by a dermatologist. HerbsDaily offers turmeric extract capsules, a well-known remedy for itchy skin.