You experience a lot of discomfort and frustration when there is itchy skin which is also known as pruritus. The urge of itching is very strong as you don’t want to see something else while itching. Luckily, you can try a number of things to reduce the severity of itching and prevent it.
People with itchy skin for a period of time can experience problems associated with their sleeping patterns. In addition, they can also become more depressed and anxious due to continuous itching. Sometimes, people scratch their skin due to the high urge to itching, this scratching can increase the risks of infections because scratches and wounds are more prone to infection.
According to general physicians of top hospitals in Islamabad, there are several reasons associated with itchy skin that involve stress, allergies, psoriasis, insect bites, etc.
Home Remedies for Itching
Some home remedies for itching can be effective enough to reduce itching:
People get this essential oil from the mint family. Menthol possesses some effects of cooling and thus relieves the symptoms of itching and pain. A study, conducted in 2012, investigated whether peppermint oil effectively treats itchy skin during pregnancy because peppermint oil contains menthol.
The participants for the following study were separated into two congregations by the researchers. One group was asked to use a bottle of sesame oil with a concentration of peppermint oil, and the other used a combination oil that was made from sesame and olive oils.
People, who participated in the following study, used these oils on itchy skin for two weeks. The participants who use peppermint oil experienced a significant reduction in the severity of itching as compared to the other congregation. However, you need to mix an essential oil in a carrier oil before using them.
Moisturizing would be an effective option to get rid of itching over a period of a short time. However, you have to follow some actions to get effective results. The first trick is to apply moisturizer to the skin right after taking the shower.
A dermatologist explains that applying moisturizer to the skin within two to three minutes after taking a lukewarm water bath. In addition, it is also important to note what type of moisturizer you are using because you can get more beneficial results if you are applying a moisturizer from a good manufacturer.
Moisturizers that are marketed for eczema therapy would be the best option as they remove the barriers of the skin and trap the water in your skin.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is also considered a natural treatment for itching because it plays an important role in neutralizing. The acid in the skin also eliminates the bacteria present in the outer layer of your skin. Hence, it is effective in balancing the pH levels of the skin and makes your skin itching-free.
To reduce the severity of itching, mix baking soda (a cup) into your bathtub and try to soak for thirty to sixty minutes. However, make sure you don’t rub your skin very hard. In this way, you can effectively reduce your itching.
In addition, for localized itching, you can make a mixture of toothpaste and baking soda (one part of toothpaste and three parts of baking soda), and apply it. After some time, you can wash your skin with lukewarm water.
4. Wet Wrap Therapy
Are you still not aware of wet wrap therapy which is also known as WWT? In this therapy, you wrap some fabrics (water-soaked) on your skin to reduce get rid of itchy skin.
When you wrap your skin it helps in rehydrating your skin and provides a barrier that prevents scratching. This therapy would be more effective for children. In addition, dermatologists think that wet wrap therapy can also help the skin to absorb several medications such as topical steroids.
You can apply these steroids gently on the skin before wrapping your skin.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, as you know people are using for hundreds of years, is packed with acetic acid and possesses antiseptic and disinfectant properties.
Regular use of it can give your relief from itchy scalp, says NPF. The following institutions recommend diluting apple cider vinegar into water and applying it to the itchy scalp would be proved to be effective.
However, if you apply apple cider vinegar to open wounds then it may cause burning sensations. In addition, people with bleeding skin also have to avoid this home remedy.
6. Colloidal Oatmeal
Don’t get yourself confused, it is not like other oatmeals that you eat for the breakfast. People get this oatmeal from different oats and is found in many lotions and soaps, you can use these lotions or soaps in a cool bath.
A study, conducted in 2016, indicated that products packed with colloidal oatmeals are safe and help very much to treat and reduce itchiness. They also help to decrease the barrier to the skin.
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