Itchy Skin

Definition of itchy skin: Itchy skin may appear in a variety of forms. These forms include the following: rash, bumps, scaling, flaking, red, or swollen. Itchy skin can be caused by numerous things, but most of the common triggers are allergies, poison ivy or oak, eczema, pregnancy, internal diseases, or menopause.

In order to diagnose this condition, it must be assessed properly. If the condition persists for longer than the period of five days or if the condition spreads through the body quickly, then medical attention should occur immediately. If there are other conditions, such as weight loss, nausea, or fever, occur with the itchiness, then there may be a defect internal issue, and medical attention should be seen immediately.

What is contact dermatitis? This is a skin condition that stems from an allergic reaction to the physical contact with some substance. The most common examples are poison oak and ivy, food, perfumes, jewelry, chemicals, and uncomfortable fabrics, such as wool. The typical treatments for contact dermatitis are creams, soothing lotions, moisturizers with oatmeal, and then with more serious cases, a doctor's prescription.

What is eczema? This skin condition is also known as dermatitis and is commonly first diagnosed in childhood. It may or may not recur through an individual's lifespan. Eczema is itchy, and it results in leathery textured skin. The treatment for eczema will begin with an allergy test, since it is often an allergic reaction to food or other substance. Allergy tests will show what are the triggering factors. Gentle treatments could involve moisturizers and corticosteroids, or luke-warm baths with baking soda or oatmeal. TIMs, topical immunomodulators, could also be prescribed, but in heavier cases.

Internal diseases and itchy skin: It is rare to have external symptoms of itchy skin if there is an internal diseases, meaning the skin may itch, but there are no bumps or rash. Liver disease, kidney failure, anemia, thyroid problems, cancer, and more are all examples of diseases that can produce itchy skin (Mayo Clinic).

What is Psoriasis? This skin condition is associated with scaly skin that is due to dead skin cells layering on top of one another. The most common treatment for psoriasis is corticosteroids.

Menopause, pregnancy, and itchy skin: Experiencing menopause and pregnancy both could result in itchy skin conditions. These can be soothed with an oatmeal bath or taking a bath with baking soda. Any ingredient sprinkled into a bath should be natural.

Brief summary: Itchy skin conditions can occur from a wide array of factors, both environmental and internal. By removing triggering substances, such as perfumed or chemical dyes found in detergents can help prevent breakouts. Pay attention to food allergens and do not wear rough clothing. A daily moisturizer with oatmeal, or cortisone creams, or corticosteroids may be of assistance in relieving itchy symptoms. If there is a full body itchiness, then contact a doctor immediately.