Health and Wellness

Why Is Your Skin Itchy?

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Itchy skin could be incredibly annoying, frustrating and uncomfortable, particularly when you are a notorious scratcher. The itchiness could be a common case of dry skin or a symptom of a skin condition such as a rash or hives due to an allergic reaction.
In some instances, however, the cause could be more serious, as health conditions as varied as HIV, hepatitis and kidney failure could all cause itchiness. An itchy mole could even indicate skin cancer.

The Most Common Causes of Itchy Skin
In general, the root cause of itchy skin could be one of the following skin conditions:
  • Dry Skin – While you might think that the most obvious sign of dry skin is seeing flaky and rough patches, the first warning sign of dry skin is itchiness. You will not see rashes or raised bumps anywhere, but you will definitely feel that your skin is dry to touch and tight due to water loss.
  • Eczema – Itchy patches or spots might be due to dermatitis or eczema, which is an umbrella term for skin inflammation.
  • Fungal Infections – These include ringworm, jock itch, athlete’s foot and others that usually come with more serious symptoms, including scaling and redness.
Getting the Right Diagnosis for Early and Proper Treatment
Although treatment for most skin conditions is basically the same, beginning with avoiding triggers that cause reactions, it is very crucial to see an allergist or dermatologist who can figure out what is really causing your itchy skin. But regardless of your final diagnosis, giving your skin TLC is the first step to relief. Try:
  • Avoiding harsh cleansers and soaps, as well as hot water, to prevent the protective oils of your skin from being stripped away.
  • Applying a rich moisturizer and using a facial mask after shower or bath when your skin is still damp to trap moisture in. Consider Kedma Skincare's Exfoliating Facial Mask, which contains Dead Sea minerals and a blend of plant extracts for soothing and nourishing your skin.
  • Wearing loose and light clothing to avoid sweating and heat buildup on the skin.
Sometimes, More Treatment Is Needed  

For most dermatitis cases, relief from itchy skin will require the application of topical corticosteroids or immunomodulators. Some people might even need to take an oral antihistamine to stop the histamine from reacting and aggravating the itchiness, while some people who develop itchy skin to poison ivy, for instance, might only need calamine lotion and an oatmeal bath.

Others who suffer from fungal infections will need antifungal medications to ease their symptoms. It is also vital to note that some individuals with dermatitis also have other recurring or chronic allergies such as food allergies, hay fever or asthma, so they will require a doctor to help manage their symptoms.

Essentially, to get much-needed relief from itchy skin, you need to avoid any ingredients, objects or substances that cause it. Once you are aware of what is triggering the itchiness, you have an increased chance of avoiding it in the first place.





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