Why does my skin itch?

Everyone knows the sensation of itching and how bothersome it can be, but individual who have long-term itching, called “chronic pruritis,” know how it can also impact their daily lives. Itching can affect one area of the body or multiple areas at the same time, and when it lasts for several weeks or longer, it should be evaluated by a dermatologist. A dermatologist, such as those at the Dermatology Treatment and Research Center, can assist!

What causes itching of the skin?

There are many reasons why the skin might itch, so seeking an evaluation with a professional is key when it comes to chronic pruritis. Some of the more common reasons include: 

  •         Insect bites
  •         Dry skin
  •         Irritation from clothing or jewelry
  •         A reaction to cosmetic products or soaps
  •         Hive
  •         Eczema
  •         Psoriasis
  •         Ringworm
  •         Shingles

In some more rare instances, itching may be the first sign of a more serious problem, such as lymphoma, diabetes, kidney disease, or liver disease, so it is always a good idea to have an evaluation performed by a professional to find the correct cause.

How is itchy skin relieved?

Once the dermatologist at the Dermatology Treatment and Research Center has determined the cause of the itching skin, patients can then work with their doctor to find relief. Some of the ways in which itchy skin is treated include:

Moisturizing the skin

  •         Cold compresses
  •         Oatmeal baths
  •         Wet wraps
  •         Cooling agents, like menthol or calamine
  •         Over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams
  •         Topical capsaicin
  •         Avoidance of allergic products
  •         Treatment of eczema or psoriasis

Are you dealing with an itch that just won’t quit?

Pruritus is typically a short-term issue, but if it becomes a chronic problem, it may be time to seek the assistance of a dermatologist. At the Dermatology Treatment and Research Center, we evaluate patients in the Dallas, TX area who are struggling with the development of itchy skin for one reason or another, and can provide effective treatment. Call the practice today at (972) 661-2729 to schedule a consultation visit with our team, conveniently located at 5310 Harvest Hill Road, Suite #160. We are dedicated to helping you find relief from common skin problems.