…what causes itchy skin
Itchy skin can be caused by dry skin, pregnancy and a number of disorders, including skin disease. In addition, various medications can cause itchy skin.
…treating itchy skin
Finding the cause of the itching and treating any underlying skin issue is the first step. If a reaction to a medicine is suspected, switching to a different medication may be helpful to reduce the itching.
…preventing itchy skin
The best way to prevent itchy skin is to take care of your skin. This includes protecting your skin from excessive damage. Methods for protecting your skin include the following:
- use gentle cleansers and laundry detergent that won’t irritate your skin.
- moisturise your skin to help prevent dryness.
- use sunscreens regularly to prevent sunburn and skin damage.
- bath in warm, not hot, water to relieve itching and avoid making your skin too dry.
- avoid certain fabrics, such as wool and synthetics that can make your skin itch. Switch to cotton clothing and bed sheets.
- warm, dry air can make your skin dry, keep the thermostat in your house or flat down.
- frequent hand washing can often lead to dry skin. Keep your moisturiser next to the sink so it is within reach each time you wash your hands.
- to relieve itching, place a cool flannel or some ice over the area that itches, rather than scratching.
…moisturise, moisturise, moisturise.
If you have dry skin, you should cover yourself with nourishing skin oils and rich moisturisers on a daily basis. Especially after you shower, bathe or wash your hands, while your skin is still damp.
Opt for rich intensive moisturisers that use natural ingredients to soothe and nourish your skin
Products should be free of petroleum products, dyes, fragrance allergens, and other possible irritants.