How To Treat An Itch

Is there anything more distracting than a persistent itch? Here we look at some common skin irritations and the possible causes for how to stop an itch in its tracks.

Skin Health Hub Skin Conditions How To Treat An ItchMild Itch and Red Patchy Skin

Possible cause: Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a condition where too much skin is made which forms red scaly patches. The most common areas affected are the elbows and knees and can also affect the lower legs where the blood supply is compromised.

How to stop the itch: Moderate exposure to UV light with adequate protection can be very therapeutic. Patches of scaly skin can lessen and /or temporarily disappear when exposed to natural sunlight. In winter dry skin can worsen so using a humidifier in your home can help moisten the air and protect your skin from drying out further.

Intense Itch – Prickly

Possible cause: Eczema

There are different types of Eczema: Atopic eczema (also referred to as atopic dermatitis), Allergic or irritant contact dermatitis, Infantile seborrhoeic eczema, Adult seborrhoeic eczema and Nummular eczema.

How to stop the itch: Although there is currently no known cure for eczema once your doctor has confirmed you do in fact have a type of eczema they will most likely suggest a treatment plan that consists of a combination of treatments which include prescribing topical and oral medications or other treatment modalities such as phototherapy and Laser.

Itchy Rash – Red or Brown

Possible cause: Medication

How to stop the itch: You may be surprised to learn that every-day medicines that live in our medicine cabinet can cause itching and can also dry your skin. Penicillin, antibiotics and aspirin are common culprits. Make an appointment to see your GP before you cease taking any medication.

Hot Itch with Inflamed Skin

Possible cause: Hives (Urticaria) occurs when too much histamine is produced in response to a food allergen, medication or bacterial or viral infection.

How to stop the itch: If you suspect food is the trigger then you may be advised to seek medical assistance so that a food sensitivity test can be carried out to eliminate the food. If you have developed hives in response to an allergen a safe, natural, and homeopathic solution to relieve the symptoms of hives is Oxy Hives.

For more information visit:
Skin Health Shop – Skin Conditions – Oxy Hives for Allergic Food Reactions

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