How to Treat Itchy Skin
Itchy skin can often be a sign of a range of skin issues, and can be caused by dry skin, or even internal illnesses with uncomfortable side effects. It could even be due to an allergic reaction, eczema, or a bug bite.
Once you understand the cause of your symptoms, you can try one of these natural remedies to help treat your itchy skin.
- Cold compresses
A cool, wet cloth or an ice pack often helps relieve irritated or itchy skin. The cold compress should be applied to the affected area and held for five to ten minutes. The cool compressions can help reduce the itching.
Many people use oatmeal or rolled oats for itchy skin because it is known to have anti-itching and skin-soothing properties. Oatmeal baths may help soothe irritated skin. You can do this by sealing one cup of uncooked oatmeal in a sock or a porous bag and place it in a warm bath.
This floral herb is often used in teas and is well-known as an effective topical skin-soother. Chamomile tea can be used in a compress and may reduce the effects of irritated skin due to allergies or dryness. Chamomile has become a popular ingredient in creams and ointments.
- Aloe Vera
This hydrating plant is an effective treatment for a variety of dry skin problems, including psoriasis. Not only does aloe vera gel have anti-inflammatory effects, its cooling benefits can relieve pain from burns or scratches. Start by popping an aloe vera leaf into the refrigerator before cutting the leaf and applying the gel to maximize its cooling properties, or find lotions like Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Aloe Soothe Lotion . Avoid applying this onto an open wound.
While some at-home remedies may suggest baking soda for itchy skin, it might not be the best solution.
If none of these solutions work, and the problems persist, go see your doctor to identify the underlying causes. Your doctor may prescribe medicated creams and ointments to relieve the itchiness.
How to Prevent Itchy Skin from Returning
Treating the underlying causes of itchy skin is the first step to avoid it returning for good. Here are a few ways to keep itchy skin at bay.
- Irritated skin is often a side effect of having very dry skin, which can be easily solved with a daily moisturizing routine. Opt for thick creams like Vaseline® Cocoa Glow.
- Avoid taking long, hot showers or baths. Hot water strips your skin of its natural oils, and could aggravate the irritation.
- Look for unscented lotions, soaps, and laundry detergents. A good solution is to combine DIY soaps and washes with ingredients you know work for your body.
- Avoid itchy fabrics or tight-fitting clothes. Breathable fabrics like cotton in loose silhouettes will allow your skin to breathe without irritation.
At-home remedies for itching provides temporary relief, prevents future irritation, and allows your skin to repair itself. If the condition persists for longer than two weeks, the irritation could be a sign of something more serious.
Speak to a doctor if your itchiness affects your entire body, is coupled with fevers and weight loss, and doesn’t go away after trying common remedies.