Having itchy skin can be extremely uncomfortable. Pruritis, also known as itchy skin, can be the result of a simple rash, or other medically related condition. The most common medical related condition is is psoriasis or dermatitis. However, chronically itchy skin can also be a sign of a more severe problem, such as kidney failure or liver disease.
The appearance of itchy skin may be normal. It may also have bumps or blisters present.
While temporary relief may be obtained through over the counter ointments, creams, or antihistamine blocking oral medications, it is important to determine the cause of the itching skin. Cool baths may also help in relieving the symptoms.
Symptoms of pruritus can include one, or any mix of the following:
At times, the itching from various conditions can last for an extended duration of time. If the skin is scratched in an effort to relieve the symptom, the itch can become worse. This creates a hard to break cycle. Many times, scratching breaks the skin, which can lead to infection.
After the cause of the pruritis is identified, the itchy skin can be treated. There are many medications to treat this condition, including:
If the cause of the condition is a separate medical disorder, this will be treated as well. These conditions can be: