Whether from mosquito bites or allergies, itchy skin is -- quite literally -- a pain. There are many causes of irritated skin. Sometimes skin irritation goes away on its own, while in other cases, a little extra help is needed. Learning new home remedies can help you manage mild symptoms of skin irritation.
What Causes Skin Irritation?
The skin is the body’s largest organ. Irritants may cause the skin to become red, itchy, inflamed or dry and scaly in appearance. In some cases, bumps or pustules may form on the skin. These are often immune system reactions to potential threats. The immune system releases inflammatory compounds to fight off foreign bodies. This is why poison ivy or mosquito bites cause skin irritation. Some of the other common sources of irritated skin include:
- Allergic reactions. New lotions, scented skin products and laundry detergents are common culprits for allergic reactions.
- Dry skin. Low humidity weather dries out the skin and may contribute to irritation.
- Rashes or skin conditions. Certain medical conditions, such as scabies, chicken pox and eczema, lead to red or itchy skin.
- Internal diseases. Kidney and liver disease, thyroid issues or iron deficiency may cause whole body itching.
- Nerve disorders
- Certain drugs. Antibiotics and antifungal medications sometimes cause skin reactions.
Home Remedies for Irritated Skin
Oatmeal contains special chemicals called avenanthramides. These compounds block the skin from releasing inflammatory compounds. This significantly reduces itching or burning sensations. For the best results, our Riverhead hospital skin doctors recommend mixing uncooked oatmeal with baking soda. Make a paste with water and apply to the affected area.
Baking soda also helps with itching, particularly symptoms that are due to bug bites. Mix baking soda with a few drops of water, placing directly on itchy skin for immediate relief. Alternatively, shake ½ c. of baking soda into bath water to soak your whole body.
For eczema, extra virgin coconut oil can heal irritated skin. Rub this oil onto dry or scaly skin for a deep and long-lasting moisturizing effect.
When Home Remedies Are Not Enough
In some cases, irritated skin cannot be treated by home remedies. If inflammation or irritation do not go away within a few days, it is important to contact your doctor. Irritated skin could be a sign of a more serious health problem. As a leading Long Island medical center, Peconic Bay Medical Center is home to some of the best dermatology specialists in the region. Make an appointment today to get an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan.