Are you tired of constantly scratching yourself without any relief whatsoever? Do you feel like a monkey picking at bugs all day long? Fear no more! Here are some tips and tricks that will help alleviate your itchiness once and for all.
Before we dive into the solutions, let's take a moment to understand what causes itchiness. An itch is an unpleasant sensation on the skin that triggers the desire to scratch. It can be caused by a variety of things including:
- Dry Skin
- Insect Bites
Scratching feels good in the moment because it releases endorphins, which are chemicals produced by your body that make you feel good. However, excessive scratching can lead to secondary infections, scarring or even thickening of the skin.
Prevention is Key
The best way to stop itching is to avoid it in the first place. Here are some ways you can prevent itchiness:
Keeping your skin moisturized reduces dryness and itching as well as preventing skin damage from excessive scratching over time (bonus points if you use unscented moisturizer).
Limit Your Showers/Baths
Taking frequent baths or showers depletess natural oils present in our skin causing them overly sensitive - this therefore leads to redness, scaling/draining rash-like appearance with bumps called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) symptoms . The longer and hotter your shower/bath ,the greater exposure time resultingin very painful irritation hence limit both frequencyand temperature
Avoid Harsh Soaps/ Detergents
Harsh body washes or detergents used for cleaning clothes may irritate delicate skin leading cause further sensitization,calledeczematous allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) or contact dermatitis which can worsen preexisting allergic conditions such as atopic dermatitis, or even rosacea.
Wear Loose Clothing
Wearing tight clothing creates friction and traps moisture which causes irritation and itching. Opt for clothes that are loose-fitting, made of breathable fabric to reduce sweat – coolmax tencel is alluring you toward (an eco-friendly material)
Check the labels!
Avoid items labeled as irritants when possible because they can trigger itchiness aka pruritus. This includes fragrances added in perfumes detergents soaps and some lotions containing Retinoids a form of vitamin A also known to be an irritant
Remedies for Itchiness
In case itch still remains , there are several remedies that provide natural release without any harm:
Applying a dampened washcloth on the affected area gives relief from heat-induced boils relieving pain while reducing swelling signs-(A compress- moistened towel ensures heat does not get trapped increasing only more inflammation). Chilling this cloth makes it easier to use effectively against sunburns even psoriasis outbreaks (a condition where skin develops red scaly patches with silvery flakes) resulting in volcanic eruptions!
Baking Soda Baths/OTC antihistamines
Baking soda relieves dryness due breaking down salt deposits on our skins restoring their pH levels thus applicablealso treating eczema.(Also) antihistamines sold over-the-counter (such as Allegra or Claritin), help soothing hives caused by insect bites stingy reactions etc.
Itching may seem harmless but it often leads to serious damage such contusions causing infections -creating problems like immune mediated diseases << not entirely sure what we’re trying to say here >>.If prevention wins then nobody ends up being harmed ! Remember - Always try to prevent itchiness and utilize natural remedies before resorting to scratch. You can stop scratching yourself!