Itchy skin causes can be numerous
Itchy skin is also known as pruritus. It is irritating, uncontrollable and makes you want to scratch to relieve the feeling. There are many different causes of itchiness ranging from severe medical internal illnesses such as kidney or liver disease to skin rashes, allergies, and dermatitis.
It is critical to see a dermatologist for itchiness if the cause is not apparent. At Clinica London, we have Dr Jennifer Crawley who is a dermatologist, can help find the underlying cause and provide treatments for relief. That may be home remedies such as over-the-counter creams and moisturisers or healing.
Itchiness can be all over the body or localised to one small area or spot. The most common skin conditions that cause itchy skin are
- dermatitis which is an inflammation of the skin,
- eczema which is a chronic skin disorder this includes itchy scaly rashes,
- psoriasis and autoimmune disease that causes skin redness and irritation usually in plaques and
- dermatographism where there are raised, red, itchy rashes caused by pressure on the skin
Infections can also cause itching, and the most common ones are chicken pox, measles, lice, pinworms, scabies and even fungal rashes mites including those horrible bed bugs.
Substances that irritate the skin make itching commonly. These are often plants like poison ivy or oak or insects like mosquitoes which produce substances on your skin that cause itching. Some people get itchy from an allergy with contact dermatitis when they are in contact with wool, perfumes, some dyes or soaps and chemicals. Allergies including food allergies can irritate the skin as well. Just rarely there are internal disorders, medical conditions which can be a serious cause of itching such as kidney failure, anaemia, leukaemia and lymphoma. Several nervous system disorders can cause itching of skin such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and neuropathy.
Even medications can cause rashes and itching. Pregnant women experience more itching when pregnant than others. The itching occurs on their arms, breast, abdomen, and thighs. This may be due to exacerbation of a pre-existing condition such as eczema or a new itching because of the hormonal changes with pregnancy.
Make an appointment to see Jennifer Crawley the Clinica London Dermatologist if you do not know what causes your itching. If it is severe if you experience other symptoms of the itching or simply you just are not aware of the diagnosis, it is bothering you a lot, and you want a competent professional experienced dermatologist to examine your skin and tell you what the cause is of your itching and then provide you with treatment.