How to Calm Itchy Skin

Itchy skin makes you scratch, and scratch! What is the most common cause of itchy skin and what can you do at home to help soothe it? Here are some tips from the Mayo Clinic:

“Itchy skin that isn’t accompanied by other obvious skin changes, such as a rash, is most often caused by dry skin (xerosis). Dry skin usually results from environmental factors that you can influence. These include hot or cold weather with low humidity levels, long-term use of air conditioning or central heating, and washing or bathing too much.”

After sitting through a baseball game in very cool, windy weather yesterday, the lower half of my face became very itchy and red. Most likely the wind, together with my allergies to grass, set my skin up for a mild allergic reaction. I did some things at home that helped calm it all down by the next day.

“Sometimes itchiness lasts a long time and can be intense. As you rub or scratch the area, it gets itchier. And the more it itches, the more you scratch. Breaking the itch-scratch cycle can be challenging.”

Applying Lotion to SkinHere are some things to try at home that will hopefully help calm the itching down. If it doesn’t, you need to see your doctor to look further into what is the cause.

1. After you’ve been outdoors for an extended period of time, like attending a sporting event, you should shower and wash your hair. Allergens will attach to your skin, nasal passages and hair, creating an allergic reaction after you are no longer outdoors.

2.  Wash with a Natural Oil Based Cleanser, to prevent further drying of the skin’s surface, and maintaining the skin’s natural oil/lipid layer and protective barrier.

3.  Try to avoid scratching. As hard as it may be, it will start to break down your skin, and create small tears in your skin, leaving it open to infection.

4.  Use a High-Quality Moisturizing Cream on your skin, and use it frequently. Make sure you have a good layer of it on your skin before you go outside.

5.  Use some Cool, Moist Compresses, or Witch Hazel to reduce swelling and redness. Make sure you have a layer of clothing or a towel between your skin and the compress, and do 20 minutes on, and 20 minutes off cycles.

6.  Rest a little more, avoid activities that would increase your circulation and heart rate, until everything calms down.

7. Wear Clothing Made of Cotton, allowing the air to circulate to the skin if the itching is an area underneath clothing.

8.  Avoid putting anything on your skin other than the natural cleanser and high quality moisturizer for a couple of days. Take a break from makeup, and perfumes until the itching calms down.

9.  If you know you are allergic to something in the environment or a food substance that you’ve had this reaction to before, check with your doctor to know when he advises you to apply hydrocortisone cream, or take an antihistamine.

10.  If your itching is from a Sunburn or other burn, protect your delicate new skin beneath the burned skin by applying moisturizers frequently. If there is any sign of an open wound, break in the skin or bleeding, please see your doctor to help you prevent infection and receive guidance for healing your burn.

If these measures done at home don’t calm the itching down within a day or two, then it’s time to see your doctor for further evaluation and treatment.

For more information and to read the complete article on itchy skin from the Mayo Clinic, Click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment to let me know what you’ve used that’s worked for you!

©2011 Candy Dye

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Candy Dye is a Nurse Practitioner and teacher that loves everything about health, wellness, looking beautiful, and being with people who enjoy life and love to have fun!

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