Chronic itching can be extremely irritating, and it can affect every aspect of your life. If you are constantly itching, it can affect your work performance and ability to portray yourself as a professional. You may also find difficulty concentrating and may become unable to follow conversations with your friends and family. There are many potential causes for chronic itching, but here are the three most common and what can be done about it.
Xerosis is the clinical term for chronic dry skin. Dry skin can cause severe itchiness, and it is not always remedied by simply adding a moisturizing lotion. Sometimes lifestyle changes are necessary to relieve dry skin, such as not taking long, very hot showers or baths, using a humidifier, and using a moisturizer right after showering. You may also need to use a cream containing lactic acid. Visiting a doctor will be your best bet in learning more about how dry skin can be treated at home.
Eczema, or dermatitis, results in red, itchy areas. If these areas are scratched, the skin can break, and wounds can occur. Eczema is most frequently treated with prescription corticosteroid creams and lotions. It may also be treated with phototherapy, or exposure to UV light. Other treatments for severe eczema that does not respond to other treatments may also be available if you talk to your doctor.
Psoriasis is similar to eczema. But with psoriasis, the skin can become raised and scaly. Psoriasis also does not have a cure, but it can be treated with phototherapy and other treatments. There are a number of topical treatments, including corticosteroids, Vitamin D analogues, anthralin, retinoids, calcineurin inhibitors, salicylic acid, or coal tar. Psoriasis that is resistant to these treatments and phototherapy could be treated with prescription medications.
If you have chronic itching, it is important to seek out a physician’s diagnosis and treatment. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.