Skin Itching (including from bug bites)
Relief is just a scratch away
- 15 min15 minutes
- Free (if eligible)Free (if eligible)
- Columbia Street Pharmacy (GUARDIAN)
➤ Self-assessment checklist: º Small bumps or blisters that may be painful, itchy and/or swollen º May feel like a sharp burning pain or stinging ➤ What is dry skin? Dry skin is a common problem that can occur at any age. When you have dry skin, your skin may be rough, or scaly or flaky, and it may itch. There are many causes of dry skin. As you age, your skin produces less of the natural oil that helps your skin keep its moisture. Dry indoor air can cause your skin to become dry. So can living in climates with low humidity. Indoor heating or air conditioning can dry out the air inside your home. Bathing too often may also dry your skin, especially if you use hot water for your baths or showers. ➤ How do you care for dry/itchy skin? Avoid scratching! Scratching damages the skin. If itching is a problem, try the following: º Keep the itchy area well moisturized. Dry skin may make itching worse. Add a handful of oatmeal (ground to a powder) to your bath. Or you can try an oatmeal bath product. º Cut your nails short or wear gloves at night to prevent scratching. º Wear loose and comfortable clothing. Avoid scratchy fabrics next to your skin. ➤ How do you prevent it? º Practice good skin hygiene to keep your skin healthy. Here are some tips: º Shower or bathe in lukewarm or warm water. º Don't shower too often—just when you're dirty or sweaty, or no more than once a day. º Wash your skin gently rather than scrubbing it. Use a mild skin cleanser instead of soap. A skin cleanser can help protect your skin's natural moisture barrier. º Pat your skin dry after a bath or shower. º Apply a moisturizer right away while your skin is still damp. Apply moisturizer several times a day. Moisturizer, such as a skin cream or ointment (petroleum jelly), protects your skin better than lotion. º Consider using a humidifier if the air inside your home is very dry. º Protect your lips with a lip balm that contains petroleum jelly or mineral oil. Part of good skin hygiene is also making sure your hands and feet don't get too dry. Take care of rashes or fungal infections, like athlete's foot. If they don't clear up with non-prescription medicines, see your doctor to prevent more serious skin problems.
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