The skin is a protective covering for the inside of the body. It is very delicate too, meaning that it’s easy for it to be penetrated by bacteria.
Itchy skin is a problem a lot of people seem to face regularly, and it can be very disturbing. However, itchy skin can be remedied.
There are different factors causing itchy skin. Let us take a look at 4 of them.
DRY SKIN: Dry skin is one of the most common causes of itchy skin. If you do not see any bright red bumps or notice a sudden change to your skin, dry skin is a likely cause. Environmental factors that can lead to dry skin include excessively hot or cold weather with low humidity, as well as washing too much. Dry skin can affect any age group, but, as you age, your skin becomes thinner and drier. A good moisturiser can help to repair dry skin.
ECZEMA: Eczema is the most common cause of skin rash in children. The cause has been linked to leakiness of the skin barrier. This causes the area to dry out, putting it at risk of irritation and inflammation. It is important to keep the skin moisturized. Eczema often improves over time. People with eczema have to be careful, however, as they are more vulnerable to skin infections.
ALLERGIES: Irritation and allergic reactions can also cause itchy skin. Our skin can develop an allergic reaction to many substances. One of the most common substances that can cause an allergic skin reaction is nickel, which is found in many products that we touch every day. Products that contain nickel include cell phones, jewelry, eyeglass frames, zippers, and belt buckles.
Other substances that can cause an allergic skin reaction include nail polish, fragrances, shampoos, latex, and cement.
If you develop an allergic reaction, you’ll likely have a rash and an uncontrollable itch.
INFECTIONS: Itching can also be related to parasites such as threadworms, insects such as bedbugs, mosquitoes, or lice. Fungal infections such as athlete’s foot can also cause itching between and around the toes.
MEDICATION OR CANCER TREATMENT: Itch can be a side effect of taking some medications, such as aspirin, prescription-strength pain relievers called opioids, and some blood-pressure drugs. It can also be a side effect of cancer treatment.
REMEDIES FOR AN ITCHY SKIN
- Use a high-quality moisturizing cream on the skin and apply it at least, once or twice each day.
- Apply an anti-itch cream, such as nonprescription hydrocortisone cream to the area to help relieve the itching.
- Apply a cool, wet compress to the affected area.
- Take a lukewarm bath.
- Choose to use milder soaps without dyes or perfumes, and use of mild or unscented laundry detergent when washing.
Avoiding substances that irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction such as nickel, jewelry, and wool.
It’s important to note that the most important self-care measure is to avoid scratching.