When your skin itches, you may develop a rash; however, you can have itchy skin without seeing anything on it. Itchy skin is caused by a variety of factors, including mosquito bites, chickenpox, and poison ivy. Look into what else could be causing your itching and what could be able to help.
1. Extremely dry skin. Itchy skin can be caused by extreme dryness
How to get relief: Dermatologists offer different relief methods like using moisturizer to rub your skin or taking a hot bath for 5 minutes. Please refer to our dry skin post for further information.
2. Itchy skin disease
Psoriasis, Neurodermatitis, Ringworm, Folliculitis, Hand-foot-and-mouth disease, Hives, Seborrheic dermatitis, Shingles, Atopic dermatitis, Chickenpox, and Dyshidrotic eczema are just a few of the skin illnesses that can cause acute itching.
To obtain relief, follow these steps: To get treatment, you must first figure out what kind of skin disease you have. Seeing a board-certified dermatologist is the best method to acquire an accurate diagnosis.
3. Skin cancer
For several people, a new or changing spot on their skin is the only indicator of skin cancer. That place may also itch, which may be the sole reason a person notices it.
To obtain relief, follow these steps: To find out if you already have skin cancer, see a board-certified dermatologist. If you really have skin cancer, you can get rid of the itching by treating it.
4. Inside your body, this is a warning sign of a disease
Long-term itching might indicate a number of conditions, including: Kidney disease Liver illness, HIV, blood disease, diabetes, and an overactive thyroid gland are all examples of chronic diseases.
Itching is very prevalent in persons who have a blood disease like Hodgkin's lymphoma or cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. It's also an indication of advanced renal disease, and it's common in patients who are on the verge of needing dialysis or who are already on it. The itch in these persons can be extensive, with a focus on the back, arms, and legs.
Itching is also frequent in persons with liver illness, such as hepatitis C, cirrhosis, or a bile duct obstruction. Itching commonly begins on the palms and soles of the feet and spreads to other areas of the body when it is an indication of liver disease.
To obtain relief, follow these steps: Getting a proper diagnosis and treatment might help you get rid of the itch. Because itch is typically the only symptom, a dermatologist is often needed to diagnose these disorders.
5. Allergic skin reaction
Many things can cause an allergic reaction in our skin. Nickel, which is found in many things that we contact every day, is one of the most prevalent chemicals that might produce an allergic skin reaction. Nickel is found in eyeglass frames, zippers, cell phones, jewelry, and belt buckles, among other things.
Nail polish, shampoos, latex, scents, and cement are all examples of things that might induce an allergic skin reaction. You'll probably get a rash and an overwhelming itch if you have an allergic response.
How to obtain relief: You need to figure out what's causing your allergy so you can avoid handling (or using) the things that are producing the itchy rash. This can be difficult and frequently necessitates the assistance of a dermatologist or allergist.
6. You're 65 years old or older
Our skin changes as we get older. Our skin is thinner and less moist by the time we reach 65. Itchy skin is a common symptom of dry skin.
Because there are so many reasons of itchy skin, it's essential to consult a board-certified dermatologist to figure out why your skin itches. Your itchy skin could be caused by a variety of factors. If the itch is caused by dry skin, your dermatologist may prescribe that you adjust your skin care routine and use a lot of moisturizer.
7. Medication or cancer treatment
Some medications, such as aspirin, prescription-strength pain treatments known as opioids, and some blood-pressure medications, can cause itching as a side effect. It's also possible that it's a side effect of cancer treatment.
Ask the doctor who recommended the drug or treatment if itching is a possible adverse effect. It is it; your doctor may provide you with advice to assist you manage the itch and continue your therapy.
8. A problem with the nerves
Itchy skin can be caused by a nerve that isn't functioning properly. Itchy skin might arise if a nerve is damaged as a result of disease or injury. There is usually only one itch on your body, and there is no rash. Shingles, stroke, and multiple sclerosis are among diseases that can produce this type of irritation. Pain, numbness, stinging, and tingling can continue for months — even years — after the shingles outbreak has faded.
Tell your dermatologist if you experience a severe itch (or pain), and he or she may prescribe medication.
Above all, a persistent itch can have a negative impact on your quality of life. It can make it difficult to focus, disrupt your sleep, and lead you to scratch until your skin blisters. A board-certified dermatologist can assist you if you can't figure out what's causing your irritation.
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