Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam
Skin itching, also known as pruritus, is a common condition that affects many people at some point in their lives. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, allergies, and infections.
To alleviate itching, it is important to first identify and address the underlying cause. For example, if dry skin is the cause, using a moisturizer and avoiding hot showers or baths can help. If the itching is caused by eczema or psoriasis, a dermatologist may prescribe a topical cream or ointment to reduce inflammation and itching.
If the itching is caused by an allergy, avoiding the allergen or taking an antihistamine can help. If the itching is caused by an infection, such as scabies or ringworm, it is important to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
In addition to addressing the underlying cause, there are also several things you can do to alleviate itching on the skin. These include:
Using a cool compress, such as a damp cloth or bag of frozen vegetables, to soothe the itch.
Taking an over-the-counter anti-itch cream or lotion, such as hydrocortisone cream.
Avoiding scratching, as this can further irritate the skin and lead to infection.
Keeping the affected area clean and dry.
Wearing loose-fitting, breathable clothing to reduce irritation.
Avoiding hot baths or showers, as these can dry out the skin and make itching worse.
In some cases, itching may be a symptom of a more serious underlying condition, such as liver or kidney disease, or cancer. If the itching is severe or accompanied by other symptoms, such as a rash, fever, or weight loss, it is important to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Natural Home Remedies to decrease skin itching
There are several natural home remedies that may help to decrease skin itching. These include:
Oatmeal bath: Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe itchy skin. Add a cup of oatmeal to a lukewarm bath and soak for 15-20 minutes to help relieve itching.
Aloe vera: Aloe vera gel has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe itchy skin. Apply the gel directly to the affected area and leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.
Cold compress: A cold compress, such as a damp cloth or bag of frozen vegetables, can help to reduce itching and inflammation. Apply the compress to the affected area for 10-15 minutes at a time.
Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to soothe itchy skin. Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and apply it to the affected area using a cotton ball. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.
Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties that can help to reduce itching caused by skin infections. Dilute a few drops of tea tree oil in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, and apply it to the affected area.
Coconut oil: coconut oil is a great moisturizer for dry skin which may also help in reducing itching.
Calamine lotion: Calamine lotion is a common over-the-counter treatment for itching. It can be applied to the affected area to provide relief.
It's important to note that while these remedies may provide relief, they should not replace the advice or treatment of a doctor. If the itching is severe or accompanied by other symptoms, it is important to see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)
Internal Medicine Specialist
Phone : 85000 23456