Do you have skin that itches? Do you scratch your skin until it starts to bleed because of an itch? If so, then this article is for you.
Dermatologists and doctors answer all the questions about why skin itches in this article. We will review medical conditions such as dermatitis or eczema that may cause itching. Furthermore, we discuss how allergies can also lead to itching.
You’ll find out what to do if an itch persists after treating a rash or eczema flare-up too. This blog post will help relieve your worry about skin itching.
What are some common causes of skin itching that I should know about?
There are many reasons that may cause your skin to itch. We will discuss a few of the most common skin conditions that may cause your skin to itch.
- Eczema: A condition that is often characterized by dry, red patches on the skin and intense itching. It’s difficult for people with eczema to control their scratching behavior because they experience severe discomfort in response to rashes and flare-ups; this can lead to damage or infection after repeated irritation from scratching (may also be caused by allergies).
- Dermatitis: An inflammation of the outermost layer of the skin due to contact dermatitis (skin allergy), irritant dermatitis (reaction from exposure to an irritating substance), atopic dermatitis, or stasis dermatitis. Symptoms include scaling, flaking, cracking, and more.
- Acne: Those who have acne often experience itching and inflammation of the skin.
- Dry skin: Dry skin is another common condition that can cause intense itchiness, redness, or swelling in response to a dry environment (for example, spending a lot of time in air-conditioned spaces).
- Psoriasis: A chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease that may be related to genetics as well as environmental factors. It’s characterized by patches of thick white scaling skin with silvery scales on top, typically located around joints, elbows, armpits, and other body sites with few sweat glands. In some cases, psoriasis will also lead to an itchy sensation in these areas.
There are also other causes to itchy skin, for example:
How can I tell if my skin itch is caused by a serious condition or something less serious?
It’s normal to experience itchiness on your skin. But sometimes, it may be a sign of a more serious condition. If the itch is accompanied by redness, swelling, or skin rashes of any kind (including psoriasis), it’s important to see a doctor.
Dermatologists can help diagnose what kinds of conditions you might have based on your symptoms alone because they see so many types of skin diseases every day. They’re also trained to identify and treat skin infections and skin cancer.
The doctor will take a look at your skin, ask about any other symptoms you might be having, such as pain or fever, and may do some tests to rule out more serious conditions.
They’ll also recommend treatment options based on what the diagnosis is – whether it’s eczema, psoriasis, or others.
What can I do if my itch isn’t caused by an infection?
If you’ve ruled out that this could be something like eczema or psoriasis and the cause of your itching remains unknown after seeing a dermatologist, there are several ways to relieve severe itching:
- Oatmeal baths
- Using lotions with anti-itch properties such as calamine lotion
- Taking anti-histamines to help with itching
- Using cool compresses
Why does it feel like there are bugs crawling on me
Some type of itching may feel like bugs crawling on your skin (i.e., like pins and needles), even if you were not bitten by a bug. This type of skin itch is called formication and the medical term for it is pruritus nummularis.
People who experience this type of itch may also feel tightness in their skin, like a prickle or tingle. It’s not uncommon to see red dots on your skin as well. These are referred to as punctate papules because they look like little spots with tiny points coming out from them.
When you were scratching these areas, there will be no rash or mark left behind because there wasn’t anything underneath that could’ve been scratched off.
Why does my skin itch after being in the sun for too long
Skin types differ from one person to the next. Some are less sensitive, while others are more prone to rashes, breakouts, and itches. One of these is skin itching due to hot weather. When the skin is hot, it becomes more sensitive and can itch.
This happens because the skin is trying to cool down, and when you scratch the area, it triggers a release of histamine. This can lead to an increased sensitivity for some people who may experience swelling or redness in that area.
There are also several other reasons why your skin might start itching after being exposed to hot weather conditions:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Changes in body temperature due to exertion from activities such as biking or running
- Hot water exposure
- Chlorine exposure (i.e., taking a dip in a swimming pool)
- Sweating combined with rubbing of clothes against the skin leads to friction irritation on sensitive areas like armpits and groin
When should I see a dermatologist for help with my skin itching problem
Most skin itches and rashes can be treated with common over-the-counter creams, medication, or home remedies. But there may be a situation where you will need to consult a specialist.
It might be a good idea to consult a dermatologist if you have skin itching and:
- The itch is severe
- You have a skin rash that doesn’t go away
- You are noticing redness or swelling of the affected area
It may also be time to see a dermatologist if you notice new symptoms, like joint pain, fever, coughing blood, night sweats, or weight loss. These can all be signs of serious health problems such as cancer or lupus.
If in doubt about whether it’s worth seeing your doctor for an evaluation along with treatment plan options that might fit your specific needs best, then consult with them. They’re professionally trained experts who want to help heal people from disease and ailments, so they’ll know what questions to ask you before making any recommendations.
Why does my skin itch at night or when I’m sleeping
If you have trouble sleeping due to skin itchiness at night, this could be due to eczema flare-ups. Eczema is a skin condition that can cause itching, dryness, and irritation on various parts of the body, including the feet, hands, or scalp.
Eczema flareups are most common on the feet and hands but may also occur at night or while sleeping due to skin dryness. The problem can usually be relieved by using lotions or moisturizers as well as consulting with your dermatologist about treatment plans that might work best for you.
Your doctor will also give specific advice tailored to your needs based on their professional training and experience.
How to get rid of an itchy rash on your body
There are many ways that you can get rid of an itchy rash. Here are a few:
- Take an over the counter itch relief medication
- Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated
- Avoid scratching it too much
- Moisturize your skin with oil or cream, especially after bathing, as this can help lock moisture in and prevent dry skin that causes itching
Here are some tips from the American Academy of Dermatology about how to treat skin rashes:
What is eczema, how can I tell if I have it, and what are some home remedies for eczema relief
Eczema is a common skin condition that affects over 230 million people. It ranges in severity and can be easily treated in most cases.
Here are some of the signs that you may have eczema:
- Skin itchiness
- Redness or rash around your joints, neck, and other areas
- Cracked skin on your hands from scratching. Cracks can become infected without proper care
If these symptoms sound familiar to you, here are a few home remedies for relief:
- Use apple cider vinegar with water mixed as an astringent to help cleanse away impurities.
- Put ice cubes in a plastic bag and place them over the affected area so that they can reduce swelling and itching
- Take probiotics because there is evidence that they will decrease inflammation which is often associated with having eczema. Probiotics may also help with skin integrity and help in topical treatments.
- Use a natural moisturizer that is not perfumed or of fragrances to soothe your dry, itchy skin. Some ingredients include olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba oil; try different combinations until you find what works for you.
- Also, remember to keep the area clean by using antibacterial soap every time you bathe. This will reduce the risk of infection while keeping eczema at bay.
Skin itchiness and rashes can happen to anyone. Some conditions are minor, while others may require treatment by a dermatologist.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or have other concerns about your health, we encourage you to get in touch with our team at Smarter Health.
We can help answer any questions you might have as well as provide free advice on how to take care of yourself until you find the right dermatologist for your needs.