Last Modified on Feb 26, 2015
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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Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Itchy Skin
Soak a soft cloth in apple cider vinegar and place it on any patch of itchy skin for 15 minutes or more to soothe inflammation, itch, and pain symptoms. Additionally, vinegars nutrients and antibiotic potency can potentially remedy the underlying cause.
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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
[NAY] 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
Replied by Linda
York County, Maine