Itching also called pruritus is a sensation that causes an urge to scratch. It can occur on a localized place on the body or all over. It can be accompanied by bumps, blisters or rash on the skin or it may be due to an underlying condition like liver diseases or kidney failure. Prolonged scratching can damage the skin and lead to an infection or scarring. Self-care measures and home remedies can greatly reduce and control itching.
Dry skin may be a reason for itching to occur. Dry skin is the result of hot or cold weather with low humidity, use of air conditioning or excess washing. Skin conditions such as rash, eczema, psoriasis, scabies, lice and hives cause itching along with red, irritated skin or with bumps or blisters. Liver diseases, kidney failure, iron deficiency, thyroid problems and cancer may lead to itching all over the body. Disorders of the nervous system like multiple sclerosis, pinched nerves or shingles may also cause itching. Allergic reactions to soaps, chemicals, wools, cosmetics or other substances lead to itching. Food allergies are also are reason for the body to itch. Drug reactions may lead to skin allergies and cause rashes and itching. Pregnancy may lead to itchy skin especially on the abdomen, thigh, breasts and arms. Genital itching may be due to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and yeast infections.
Home remedies, preventive measures and self-care can provide immense relief from itching and control it.
- Use a good moisturizer to prevent dry skin and reduce itching. Apply on the affected area.
- Calamine lotion is also very helpful in reducing itching.
- Keep the itchy area covered to prevent scratching.
- Place a cool compress on the itchy area and prevent scratching.
- Baking soda has anti-inflammatory properties and is can acid neutralizer. Make a paste with baking soda and apply over the itchy skin- do not use if the skin is broken.
- Add some baking soda to a lukewarm bath and soak in it for some time to get relief from itchy skin.
- Oatmeal has antioxidant compounds which soothe irritations. Oatmeal can also be added to the bath or a paste made of powdered oatmeal can be applied over the affected area.
- Clay is very helpful for controlling itching. Take virgin clay and make a paste with water. Dab it on the itchy skin, allow it to dry and then rinse off.
- Apple cider vinegar has anti-septic and anti-fungal properties, relieves itching and can be applied on the affected area.
- Crush some peppermint leaves and apply the juice on the skin to soothe and provide relief from itching.
- Basil leaves are also very effective for treating itching.
- Aloe Vera soothes irritated skin and can be applied over the itchy skin.
- Rubbing banana peel or watermelon rind on the affected area reduces itching
- Coconut oil can be applied over the itchy skin or applied all over the body to get relief from itching.
- Petroleum jelly lessens the skin irritation and can be topically applied.
- Lemon juice is very helpful to relieve itchy skin. Mix it with coconut oil and apply on the itchy skin.
- Mix two teaspoons of cinnamon powder with honey and apply on the affected skin. Leave it for some time and wash off to get relief from itching.
- A paste of corn starch can be used for relief from itching.
- Juniper berries have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to provide relief from itching.
Itching is very annoying and causes a great deal of discomfort. The urge to scratch is very powerful which in turn irritates the skin and leads to further itching. This itch cycle is may injure the skin further. Use self-care measures and natural home remedies to soothe and heal the skin and get rid of itching.