Last Modified on Apr 08, 2016
Symptoms, Causes and Treatment of Itchy Skin
Medically termed pruritus, itchy skin can arise as the result of several different skin conditions. Marked by an excessive itching of the skin and frequently an unusual rash or texture to the skin, itchy skin is often uncomfortable and can even be embarrassing. As dry itchy skin can develop due to several factors, identifying the underlying cause of the issue is crucial discern an appropriate treatment.
Itchy skin may develop on a single part of the body, such as the arm or leg, or over the entire body. While dry itchy skin can occur without any additional noticeable symptoms, it is often associated with characteristic changes of the skin. Common symptoms of itchy skin include redness, bumps, blisters, spots, lesions, dry and cracking skin and a leather or scaly texture to the skin. The duration and intensity of itchy skin varies by case, but it often lasts a long period of time and is intense. Additionally, rubbing or scratching the area typically intensifies the condition or at least the itch, so it is important to not scratch the dry itchy skin.
Itchy skin is most often caused by dry skin or xerosis; however, xerosis is not the only cause of itchy skin. Additional causes of itchy skin include skin conditions or rashes include eczema and psoriasis, internal disease such as liver disease and celiac disease, nerve disorders, irritation and allergic reactions, drugs and pregnancy.
Natural Itchy Skin Cures
While many cases of itchy skin heal without treatment, effective treatment options can shorten the duration of the issue and prevent additional complications. Topical applications of healing substances are often the most effective for offering immediate relief. Apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, coconut oil and calcium bentonite clay offer almost immediate relief. Additionally soothing baths with baking soda or borax can also treat and relieve the issue.
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Hello, I need some help with mixing vitamins and minerals. I would like to make some home made 'swim spray' by mixing vitamin c powder with water for spraying on the body after swimming in a chlorine pool. I'm hoping this will help my daughter (7) to not be so itchy after her swimming lessons. I was wondering if also adding some magnesium oil to the Spray would cause any problems? My daughter thrives after an Epsom salt bath so I hope it would be like an extra boost for her. Would there be any problems mixing the two? Thank you for your advise. I love this site so much. It's been so helpful!
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Posted by Stephen (Barbados) on 11/04/2013
Hi. That area under my outer right ankle has been itching me now for months, however when I look at it I cannot see anything like a fungus or anything.
I am now about to try Apple Cider Vinegar and will post any results. thank you
Posted by Sharon (Nickerson, Ks) on 06/19/2011
I have a question... I have had a place on the back of my right arm and around my neck that have itched for quite awhile... At least 2 yrs or better. Sometimes it worse than other times. I have tried meds from several different drs. With nothing really helping. Lately it's been really bad all day & nite. Will wake me up at nite itching. I scratch until I have little welts or pimple like things. I have tried taking Organic apple cider vinegar internally at least 3x's a day in RO water as well as splashing it on the area, which burns quite a bit. I am looking for some type of home remedy that actually works. I really can't see that the vinegar has helped any. I also use a lotion that a dermatologist perscribed that can be bought over the counter. Any suggestions would be most welcome. Desperate for some relief. Been taking the vinegar for atleast 3 wks. Thanks
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Posted by Victoria (San Diego, CA) on 07/15/2009
I've had what I think is brachial radial pruritus for about 6 years. I first noticed while living in Thailand during my pregnancy. It is extremely itchy, especially at night and has some relationship with heat and/or humidity and may be related to problems with the cervical disk. The itch is followed by small red bumps on the upper arms and shoulders. No amount of scratching helps and the itch seems to be deep inside the nerves. It is the worst itch ever and will keep you up all night and in tears trying to find relief. The bumps become unsightly and painful from picking and get pin prick like painful impulses going through them when the situation is really inflamed. I tried every product imaginable and the only relief I eventually found was by using ice packs to numb my arms at night until I passed out. In the winter it goes away. Recently I tried ACV as the weather was getting hotter and I could feel it coming on. I don't believe it is curing it, but I think the ACV is helping to minimize the itching and symptoms so that I am not scratching uncontrollably.
I hope to find a cure eventually, but in the meantime this is helping.
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Posted by Marsha (Pittsburgh, PA) on 07/13/2009
I used pure apple cider vinegar to cure my itching feet. My feet breakout in tiny itching bumps (not athlete's feet). The itch was so bad, I would scratch until they bled and then still scratched after the bleeding. I soaked my feet in 1 quart of undiluted APV for approx. 30 min. and finally the itching was gone immediately. All the dry dead skin, which I thought had all been scraped off with ___ ___, was also gone. I don't know if it should have been diluted, but I was desperate.
Posted by Sue (Ontario, Canada) on 01/30/2009
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I have not idea why my arms were so itchy. Intense itch that kept my up through the night. Recently i felt a crawling sensation and biting.Yikes! I figured it was some sort of skin parasite(non-contagious) After spending alot of money and going to the doctors , nothing was working.... until a finally stumbled on your site. The first day, i bathed in ACV(1/2 cupt) plus applied it directly.Then i drank it 2x (2 tablespoons) a day, applied it directly 2x a day as well. Now i am on day 6 , and my arms are almost completely healed. lots of sores prior to. little sign of any parasite. God bless you and Thank you!
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Posted by Mario (London, United Kingdom) on 02/27/2008
Yesterday I was terrified with an itch in my but and very stressed to find a solution for my problem. I thought to myself, must have something to put on to finihed or to easy this terrible problem. When searching the net I found Earthclinic, and I try Apple Cider Vineger as a topic solution,its works... and today i am fealing much better, no itchin that's great!! thannk you Earthclinic.
Posted by Trish (Kansas City, MO) on 02/24/2008
I tried bathing in Apple Cider Vinegar, as suggested by others, and had luck. I added just a 1/4 cup of the raw ACV I always keep in my refridgerator to my bathwater and laid in it for about half an hour. I felt immediate relief after getting out of the tub. I still have just a slight itching today, but it is remarkably better.
Posted by Tim (Kent, WA) on 11/18/2007
I have been on acid reflux medications for a year and a half. First I was on Ranitidine, then Prevacid, then Omeprazole, which I take each night just before I go to bed. I also have been using HCTZ and Lisinopril for high blood pressure. Recently, for about 6 weeks I got very sick. I felt dizzy, nausea, headache, and lost appetite completely. I went 5 days with almost no food and lost about 10 lbs in 10 days. I changed diet, tried everything but nothing worked. At the end of this episode I would get the "feeling" of high fever in my head plus headache. I also felt very cold and had to crank up the heat quite a bit. However, every time I took my temperature it was totally normal. If I took Advil or Tylenol for headache it didn't do anything because I really didn't had a headache or temperature, it was something else. In addition to all this, I also had severe itching all over my body as soon as I went to bed. It lasted for about 30-60 minutes. There was no redness or any other marks on my body.....just plain itching.
My doctor finally told me to get off of Omeprazole. The next day was a new day in my life. All the symptoms were completely gone as if were never sick in the first place. The nightly itching also went away completely the night I skipped Omeprazole. My doctor correctly predicted that it may take up to 7 days to get rid of all the symptoms. Well, on the second day some of the symptoms came back but at half the strength and things got progressively better each day. The bad thing was that my acid reflux really started to bother me the second day (48 hrs after quitting Omeprazole). I had lot of chest pain and rumbling activity in my stomach.... like a little storm inside my stomach. Unlike other people I do not have heartburn from acid reflux. I have chest pains in different part of my chest or sometime stomach. I also experience bloating and gas.
I found earthclinic.com and tried 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in 1 cup of water and it worked immediately. Three hours later the acid reflux came back and I experienced a lot of discomfort. I took another dose (1 tsp in 1 cup of water) and the rest of the night was perfect with no problems. The following day I increased the dosage to 1 TBSP of ACV in 1 cup of filtered water 3x a day just before each meal and have been using this dosage daily. So it took practically took one day for ACV to do its magic. For the past 10 days I feel I have acid reflux totally under control. My blood pressure is also going down every day. I expect to be off of blood pressure medication soon. As an added bonus the acne on my back is finally under control. I was on antibiotics for 15 years until I found a supplemental milk shake that helped me get off of antibiotics for the past 3 years. I had to stop using it to figure out what was causing my sickness and the acne flared up again. I read about hydrogen peroxide on this site and that worked amazingly well on the acne on my back. So the combination of hydrogen peroxide and ACV is working great.
I do feel some affect of ACV on the back of my tongue or sometimes in my throat. Luckily, in 10 days it is not too bad, maybe because I only use 1 TBSP instead of 2. My doctor has approved ACV and said that it doesn't have any harmful affects so I am free to try it for acid reflux. However, the doctor clearly said NO BAKING SODA because of high blood pressure. I see that baking soda and sea salt is mentioned a lot on this site to help reduce the acid taste but some of us can't use baking soda or salt. Does anyone have any suggestions? If you do, please email me. Because of sugar I would rather not use too much honey or apple juice if I can help it because I am taking this 3x times a day but if I have to then I will. May be I can add only a little bit apple juice in water rather than adding ACV to apple juice directly. Not sure if that's OK. If you could share any personal experiences in this regard that would be great. Thanks.
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Posted by Joe (Philadelphia, PA) on 05/27/2007
Hello, I recently had an outbreak of itching, mainly in my groin area and innner thigh. I believe it was a reaction to eye drop drugs I'm taking for an eye problem, but I am still trying to figure out the cause.
Anyhow, the itching was relentless and I was trying all kinds of stuff for relief. I was extremely irritable to say the least. Then I remembered that my dad once told me cows used to be fed apple cider vinedar to ward off infections and other ailments. So I tried it and within an hour ALL ITCHING STOPPED!!! I was SO RELIEVED I couldn't stop smiling!!!!! Right now I am itch free and will take apple cider vinegar daily.
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Posted by Deb (Washington, Dc) on 12/14/2009
Thank you. Your site helped me. I used an application of apple cider vinegar to reduce skin inflammation, and my rash 1) stopped itching, 2) shed skin in the healing process 3) reduced inflammation and redness 4) started to grow new skin. I improved my diet, took acidophilus and ate more leafy green veggies. My skin has been itchy for months. I did not realize how tired the itchiness was making me. I was not able to sleep through the night due to the itchiness. Although, I'm still in the healing process, I can tell I'm going to get 100% better as long as I continue to eat well. It's wonderful to feel good again.
Posted by Sheila (San Diego, Ca, Usa) on 05/12/2011
What I'm experiencing right now could be contact dermatitis, a reaction to ACV or iodine/dide, detoxing results, or a diamine oxidase deficiency/food allergy/histamine intolerance. A ER doctor Dx'ed my skin condition as being contact dermatitis of unknown origin or cause, so I listed the other possibilities of my dry, itchy skin. I'm currently on the tail-end of my symptoms. I'm also trying to stick to natural remedies, staying off any Rx.
What has worked so far for itchiness is eating an apple. I've done this thrice now and each time has eased my itching so that I don't have the urge to scratch for several hours. The organic, red delicious apple has definitely helped the skin on my eyelids and my neck and chest. I only buy organic produce due to pesticides -- I definitely have reactions to pesticide-treated fruits. (for the diamine oixidase/histamine intolerance, I've started a eating journal and eating low histamine foods)
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Posted by Mild (Pleasant Grove) on 02/26/2015
I been having this itch between my fingers for two weeks now. I tried petroleum jelly and it was gone but after two weeks it appeared again, this time it was so itchy and it even crack, it's like a cut in between my finger, it was very sore, and itched like mad. It's like you have skin bugs inside, so I thought of cleaning it with hydrogen peroxide to disinfect it, my husband told me to go to the doctor, that night it just popped into my mind "how about I make my own cream" because I'm sure the doctor will prescribe it anyway. so that night I mixed baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, I didn't measure it, just made it like a paste. That first time I applied it, it burns really good, I felt that the cream is penetrating in to the whole areas that's been affected and killing all the skin bugs. I feel more relieved with my own cream, and now it's getting better, no more itch for 3 days.
Posted by Carolyn (Florida, US) on 12/29/2014
I have experienced extreme itching on my upper arms. I have had hepatitis c for 30 years.
This is the only treatment (s) that I have found to be effective and long lasting remedies.
1. Use ice packs to calm the itch, I have slept through many nights with a bag of frozen peas on my arm.
2. The cure is body brushing. Use a natural bristle (as stiff as you can find) and start brushing your dry skin in an upward, toward the heart action. Start on the soles of you feet and work up the body, one section at a time. Really brush upward hard, make the skin red. On the itchy areas brush until you relive the itch. Don't forget to brush under the armpits.
Repeat this treatment as often as you wish. but daily, before bathing, is a must. You will find in the begining that you will do it more often.
In about a week's time the itch will be gone or mostly gone. But continue these treatments to maintain itch free skin.
I have tried everything, creams, pills, nothing works like ice to temporally stop the itch, and dry body brushing to eliminate the problem.
I believe that the itching is caused by toxic waste overload, the body brushing will send these toxins back through the blood to be eliminated in the liver. (my opinion)
This will work for you. Now go get brushing.
Peace and love, Carolyn