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Itchy Skin

What is Itchy Skin?

Itchy skin, also known as pruritus, is an irritating and uncontrollable sensation that makes you want to scratch to relieve the feeling. The possible causes for itchiness range from internal illnesses, such as kidney or liver disease, to skin rashes, allergies, and dermatitis.


Treatments begin with determining what is causing the skin irritation. Cool baths, cortisone or diphenhydramine creams, antihistamines, and cold compresses are effective at relieving the symptoms of itchy skin. Always check with your dermatologist.

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All about Itchy Skin

Itchy skin can have a very detrimental effect upon your life. A constant, nagging itch is distracting and uncomfortable, making it difficult to work, enjoy your hobbies and even sleep. Many people who suffer from itchy skin have difficulty treating the problem because they don't fully understand its causes.

In rare cases, itchy skin is caused by medical disorders, such as liver disease, diabetes, anemia and thyroid problems, so the first step toward getting relief from the itch is talking to your doctor to outrule any type of underlying problem. Once you've uncovered the specific cause of your itchy skin, you'll find a variety of treatments available to manage it.

Dry Skin

Dry skin or xerosis is the most common cause of itchiness. In addition to being itchy, dry skin is often flaky and rough and may be thickened or red, depending on the severity and its location. Some people have naturally dry complexions because their bodies do not produce enough sebum, the oil that keeps skin lubricated and prevents itchiness. Dry air, such as the type found year round in desert climates and in the winter in temperate zones, can also dry out the tissue, causing dehydration and itchy skin. The heat from furnaces and bathing too frequently can also contribute to dryness.

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