Stop scratching now! Itchy skin relief tips for winter
Don't hide behind itchy skin. Talk to a dermatologist.
By Angela Tague
Winter in Atlanta is a time for hot cocoa and cozy sweaters--not red itchy skin. If you'd rather scratch your dry skin than enjoy the season, you need relief now. Dry skin, also known as pruritus, can be caused by hundreds of conditions ranging from medical illnesses, dermatological disorders and beauty products, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Dry skin doesn't happen by accident. Browse this checklist to see why you might be itching and scratching.
Possible illnesses: If you've recently been diagnosed with kidney failure, liver disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, cancer, eczema or a thyroid abnormality, dry skin is a common side effect. Discuss your skin problems with your local physician to determine the root cause of your discomfort. You may be experiencing an allergic reaction to one of your treatments or medications.
Curing itchy skin
If your idea of relaxation and relief is soaking in a hot bubble bath, stop it! You're actually causing your itchy skin to get worse. Hot water washes away the natural oils on your skin, leaving it more parched than before. To get immediate relief, add moisture to your skin by:
Give an Atlanta-area dermatologist a call for an appointment. The dermatologist may recommend a prescription-level anti-itch cream, an oral antihistamine or in-office skin care treatments. Don't suffer with itchy skin; seek relief today!
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