Daily Health Tips: Why Do I Itch?


Q: Greetings Dr. I really enjoy following you, God bless your works. Kindly help me out please. I have been suffering with my skin itching seriously after every bathing for some years now. It becomes more during rainy season. I have tried all I could but no change. I did a skin test; nothing was wrong with me, they said. I need help please.
 
A: Well, there are a number of causes of body itches.
It could be caused by the soap or body washes being used. If you just changed soaps or body washes, you may want to review your new toiletries. If they are the perfumed variety, they could cause this reaction. Try the un-perfumed variety.
It could be caused by skin that has been excessively dried out by soap, cold or dry air and/or hot baths. This causes the skin to lose the protection of its natural oils and makes the nerve endings to become super sensitive leading to the itching.
 
What to do? After a bath, try dabbing your skin so that it is still slightly moist before applying a moisturizing lotion that locks in the moisture. Drying your body completely aggravates the dryness and itching as this encourages more evaporation from your skin, more dryness and therefore more itching. Lotions that contain glycerine, lactic acid and panthenol are very good. Body washes with moisturizers are also be a good for those with this problem as they will not dry out your skin when you take a bath.
 
If the itching continues, however, please see your dermatologist to rule out other causes.
 
Have a great night y’all LD
 
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