Dry And Itchy Skin
Dry and itchy skin occurs along with age when the skin produces less and less oily substances hat help maintain a specific humidity of the skin. The dry room air can cause the skin to become dry and itchy, so as excessive bathing in hot water.
Dry And Itchy Skin Prevention
Dry and itchy skin can be avoided by avoid excessive showers. They remove the oily substances that keep the skin moisturized. Baths have a drying effect on skin much less pronounced than showers. When you take a shower or a bath be sure to use bath oils, soaps with a pH close to that of the skin and also use of lotions or moisturizer after bathing. This way you will not get your skin dry and itchy.
Dry And Itchy Skin Treatment
- Following these steps may be useful for treating dry skin and itching skin. For very dry hands it is recommended that in the evening before going to bed to apply a thin-film of oil and cream and wear thin cotton gloves overnight (this method can be also applied for legs with dry skin and brittle nails). Avoid scratching the skin which defenetly causes damage. In this case we recommend keeping the area moist as when the skin is dry the itching increases. You can also use an oatmeal bath that reduces itching (use one cup of oat that is wrapped in cotton cloth, quantity that is boiled, and this improvised sponge is used for bathing in warm water along with soap. You can also use commercial products). Use 1% hydrocortisone cream, which does not require a prescription and which can be applied to more restricted itchy areas, it is recommended to apply it carefully on the face and the genitals area. If the itchy skin persists or becomes more severe, a cream that is available only on prescription will be recommended by your physician.
- Use of non-prescription antihistamines such as diphenhydramine or chlorpheniramine malate.
- Cutting fingernails short and wear gloves at night to prevent scratching.
- Wear clothes made of cotton or silk and avoid wool or acrylic especially for clothing items that come in contact with the skin.
It is recommended for you to see a doctor if the itching of the skin has generalized (whole body) with no apparent cause or a skin rash appears. You must also see a doctor if the itching is severe, preventing you from sleeping and the home treatment is ineffective, serious skin lesions occur due to scratching, signs of skin infection such as pain, swelling, redness, warmth or tenderness, red stripes that start at this level, pus, fever over 37.8 degrees C without any apparent cause, swollen lymph nodes (glands) near the infected area of the neck, axillae (armpit) or groin.