HOME REMEDIES FOR SKIN ITCHING

• Itching refers to the urge to scratch. It is a form of skin irritation
• Regular itching can lead to bruises and make the skin sore
• Itching can affect a local area on the skin or can be present throughout the body

SYMPTOMS

1.Constant urge to scratch
2. Itching can lead to
• Bruises
• Sore skin

CAUSES

DRY SKIN

If you don't see a crop of bright, red bumps or some other dramatic change in the itchy area, dry skin (xerosis) is a likely cause. Dry skin usually results from environmental factors such as hot or cold weather with low humidity, long-term use of air conditioning or central heating, and washing or bathing too much.
Skin conditions and rashes. Many skin conditions itch, including eczema (dermatitis), psoriasis, scabies, lice, chickenpox, and hives. The itching usually affects specific areas and is accompanied by other signs, such as red, irritated skin or bumps and blisters.

INTERNAL DISEASES

These include liver disease, mal-absorption of wheat (celiac disease), kidney failure, iron deficiency anaemia, thyroid problems, and cancers, including leukaemia and lymphoma. The itching usually affects the whole body. The skin may look otherwise normal except for the repeatedly scratched areas.

NERVE DISORDERS

Conditions that affect the nervous system — such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes mellitus, pinched nerves, and shingles (herpes zoster) — can cause itching.

IRRITATION AND  ALLERGIC REACTIONS

Wool, chemicals, soaps, and other substances can irritate the skin and cause itching. Sometimes the substance, such as poison ivy or cosmetics, causes an allergic reaction. Food allergies also may cause the skin to itch.

DRUGS

Reactions to drugs, such as antibiotics, antifungal drugs, or narcotic pain medications, can cause widespread rashes and itching.

PREGNANCY

During pregnancy, some women experience itchy skin, especially on the abdomen, thighs, breasts, and arms. Also, itchy skin conditions, such as dermatitis, can worsen during pregnancy.

REMEDIES

NATURAL HOME REMEDY  USING CINNAMON AND HONEY

1. Take 2 tsp cinnamon powder
2. Add 2 tsp honey
3. Mix well
4. Apply on the affected area
5. Leave it for 10-15 min
6. Wash off with water
7. Do this 3 times a day

NATURAL HOME REMEDY USING CORN STARCH

1. Take 3 tbsp cornstarch
2. Add some water to make a paste
3. Mix well
4. Apply on the affected area
5. Leave it for 15 min
6. Wash off with water
7. Repeat this 3 times a day

NATURAL HOME REMEDY USING COCONUT OIL AND LEMON JUICE

1. Take 6 tbsp coconut oil
2. Add 4 tbsp lemon juice
3. Mix well
4. Heat the mixture till it turns lukewarm
5. Apply on the affected area
6. Leave it overnight

TIPS FOR TREATING A SKIN RASH

 • If the rash develops suddenly, calm it down with water and mild soap. Don’t cover it or scratch the affected area.
 • Apply some ice if the rash starts swelling. Don’t expose it rash to direct sunlight. It may turn worse.
 • Wear loose-fitting clothes at night. Prefer fabric that doesn’t cause itching.
 • Until the rash goes away, use mild soap for bathing. Don’t use perfumes or deodorants in the affected area.
 • Apply some moisturizer or calamine lotion on the rash if it is caused by an external allergic reaction.
 • Natural coolants like cucumber and aloe vera can also be used on the affected area.
 • Dab some chamomile oil on the rash for a soothing effect.
January 18, 2019