Finding at-Home Relief for Itchy Skin
posted: Dec. 10, 2020.
Itchy skin can be a real nuisance. Perhaps you notice your skin getting itchier during the colder, drier months, or perhaps this is a sign that you could be dealing with skin allergies. If your itchy skin is also accompanied by redness or itching, then these could very well be signs of a skin allergy. If you suspect a skin allergy it might be time to consult an allergist who can run the appropriate tests to determine what’s causing your symptoms. Knowing what you’re allergic to can also help lessen the likelihood of exposure and flare-ups.
If you do have skin allergies here are some ways to alleviate that itchy skin:
Avoid the Allergen
This might sound rather obvious, but it still bears mentioning. It is important to figure out what’s causing your symptoms so that you can take the necessary precautions to avoid it. It could mean having to switch all your detergents so they are fragrance-free, or you may need to stop wearing certain jewelry. Not sure what is causing your symptoms? Don’t worry; an allergist can provide you with answers through a simple blood or skin prick test.
Cool it Down
Cold compresses can make a world of difference, whether you’re dealing with an itchy rash caused by eczema or you came in contact with poison ivy. Apply the cool compress or hop into a cool shower to help reduce some of the heat and discomfort that may be emanating from your skin. Make sure to follow cold compresses up with a gentle moisturizer.
Try a Topical Cream
There are various creams and lotions out there that can also help to take the itch away. You may choose to apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone, depending on the cause of your symptoms. While these won’t fix the problem, they can certainly provide you with fast-acting relief.
Soak in an Oatmeal Bath
Oatmeal isn’t just soothing for your tummy, it can also be soothing for red, inflamed, and itchy skin. Whether you were exposed to poison oak or you have eczema, oatmeal baths can provide soothing relief. Colloidal oatmeal also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and can help with itching and dry skin.
If you are dealing with itchy, red, and inflamed skin throughout the year it’s worth seeing an allergist for testing. An allergist can not only diagnose your allergies but also provide you with a customized treatment plan to help you get your symptoms under control for clearer, healthier skin.