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Chronic itching facts


Chronic itching is a medical condition which is often associated with irritation and painful sensations so all those who suffer from it are always anxious to determine the exact cause of the condition. There are numerous internal and external factors which can be held responsible for the onset of chronic itchy conditions. It is very important to learn how to determine the exact cause of chronic itching so that the proper treatment method can be applied. Chronic itching and the irritation that accompanies it are known for lasting between one and two weeks. If the itch tends to flare up and dissipate it is then referred to as the recurring itch. Recurring itch can easily turn into the chronic type of itch if it does not get treated on time.

Causes and Treatment

The most common types of internal factors responsible for chronic itching include various types of infections, various allergies and medical conditions such as psoriasis. External factors usually involve lack of humidity in the air, dryness in the air, weather conditions and different types of allergies. If the rash and the itching are limited to a certain area of the skin, they are usually triggered by an allergy or an irritant which made contact with the affected area of the skin. This is why the location of the itching may be of great help in determining the exact cause of the itching. Certain types of clothing, soaps and other skin care products may irritate the skin if they come in contact with it for prolonged periods of time. Irritant contact rash and allergic rash are usually only different because of their different time frames of the flare up. Irritant contact rash always appears instantly, while its allergic counterpart commonly requires a few days to occur. One should remove the irritant or the allergen which causes the reaction in order for it to stop. Repeated scratching thickens the skin and causes its discoloration. This is a localized rash which can be triggered by a certain type of skin related medical condition which is known as lichen simplex chronicus. Fungal infections may also be the cause of chronic itching. They are commonly treated with topical creams. Dry skin, psoriasis and eczema may also be some of the possible causes of chronic itching. Eczema cannot be cured, while dry skin can be cured simply by applying appropriate types of topical cream. Chronic itching may also be caused by scabies. 

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