Introduction to itchy skin
The most common cause of itchy skin is usually dry skin. When the skin is dry, this means that it is dehydrated, and this is a problem that a lot of elderly people have.
There are other things that can cause the skin to itch as well. For example, insect bites, or exposure to chemicals and irritants can also cause itchy skin.
Wearing uncomfortable clothes can also cause irritated and itchy skin.
Diseases such as ringworms, athlete’s foot, psoriasis, scabies and other skin disorders can also lead to itchy skin.
Thankfully, there are ways to overcome the itching.
There are many anti-itch lotions and ointments that are available. There are also over-the-counter antihistamines that can help a person overcome itching, especially if the cause is some type of allergy.
Since we have already identified the fact that skin dryness is the biggest problem that leads to itchy skin, it is important to know how to overcome this.
There are moisturizers available that will make the skin soft and moist. Also, it is a good idea to use a humidified during the winter months in order to keep the room humid and prevent dry air.
A cool compress will always work for bringing relief to skin problems and itchiness. A good thing to do is to get a towel wet with some cool water and to then apply it to the itchy skin. This will give immediate relief to the discomfort.
It is also a good idea to use honey and cold-pressed olive oil for dry and itchy skin, since honey is also a very good anti-bacterial. The olive oil can be used for scalp itchiness as well and works effectively.
Another good idea for getting rid of the itch is to take a bath with a natural moisturizing soap. Oatmeal and cold mil can also be applied to the skin in order to offer relief from the itching.
One of the most effective remedies for itchy skin is Aloe Vera gel. Even though it can be purchased in the store, the best way to go is naturally – slice a leaf from of aloe directly from the plant and use the extract by applying it directly on the skin.
There are many good herbal remedies available as well. Some of the best ones include witch hazel, St. John’s wort, lavender flower, elderflower and Marshmallow root.
It is also very important to protect the skin when you know that it will be exposed to direct sunlight for a longer period of time. That is why it is highly recommended for people to wear sunscreen, because direct sunlight can not only cause dry and itchy skin, but it can also lead to skin cancer as well.