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Itchy & Scratchy

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

Is your itchy skin driving you crazy? Do you know why your scratching? Scratching is a natural response to itch and not only does it take away the itch it can be quite rewarding. It often becomes a habit that your not even aware your doing it. This ends in an itch-scratch-rash cycle that can lead to damaged, dry and flaking skin that is inflamed. Inflammatory chemicals are released which increases the itch further. In extreme cases open, deep scratch wounds can occur which may lead to an infection. It can even lead to thickening of the skin and pain

girls scratching her itchy skin

So what can you do?

  • Find something to take your mind off the itch or sit on your hands.

  • Use a cool cloth to take out the heat and decrease the itch. A wash cloth with an ice pack next to the bed at night is invaluable to calm the itch at night.

  • Moisturise to prevent the skin drying out which may lead to an increase in itch.You may need to change your moisturiser with the cooler weather, to something thicker or more hydrating and protective.

  • Avoid hot showers that increases heat to the skin and increases the itching, especially after bathing. Some people find Epson salt or oat baths soothing but sitting in a bath for long periods of time can lead to dehydration.

  • Keep nails short and rub the skin rather than scratch to prevent bleeding & infection. In children sleeping with silk mitts is a good idea.

  • You may need to look at what foods in the diet might be making the skin dehydrated and/or itchy..are you drinking more red wine with the cooler weather? more chilli in the diet to warm up the taste buds? more fermented foods to help with the immune system over Winter? Many, even healthy foods, may be leading to histamine reactions and making the skin itchier.

If these tips are not getting the itch under control then you may need some extra support in the form of herbs or nutrients.


In health & happiness,

Kirsty

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