Itching, also known as itching or itching, is a sensation that can be felt anywhere on the skin and is uncomfortable. Its causes are very diverse but, regardless of the case, the immediate reaction is scratching.
However, scratching the skin can be counterproductive , since the rubbing of the nail, when scratching with intensity, can scratch the skin and, therefore, hurt it. To help you, here’s how you can relieve itching in various ways.
What can cause itching?
Itching is a symptom that may have been caused by various causes, such as: the bite of an insect, the sweat of the skin itself, some type of allergy or irritation, but also, may be caused by poor skin care . In this sense, a common cause of itching is dryness.
The contact with some herbs, plants, climate change, the consumption of some foods such as seafood, nuts or fried foods and solar overexposure can cause, in some cases, itching.
Other causes can be skin disorders, such as: Remember that there are some diseases, such as chickenpox, which also include this symptom.
Symptoms that may accompany it
- Pain of the affected area.
- Redness of the skin.
- Numbness of the area.
- Various injuries: blisters, wounds.
When we scratch with too much vigor, the itching can turn into pain. Therefore, it is not recommended to scratch with the nails but to rub with the fingertips. In this way, we will feel relief and avoid redness and the appearance of other symptoms.
Home remedies for itching
Tonics and baths
- Take a dip with hot water and a cup of baking soda .
- Apply magnesium milk or witch hazel water to the affected area and, in a few minutes, the discomfort will disappear. Repeat if necessary.
- Another very good immersion bath to relieve itching is to fill the bathtub with hot water and a liter of orange blossom water. It works, above all, for hives. If the itching occurs only on one part of the body, dip a cotton ball in the orange blossom water and apply it on the affected area.
- Boil two tablespoons of linden, valerian, verbena, lavender or chamomile in a cup of water for 5 minutes. Drink as an accompaniment to a meal. These infusions have sedative effect, with which, they are very good to promote tranquility in case of anxiety and stress.
- Macerate all night long 1 tablespoon of sarsaparilla root in a liter of water. The next morning boil for 20 minutes and drink 1 tablespoon each day, fasting preferably.
- Boil a handful of nettle, another of sage and another of lemon balm in a liter of water. Drink three cups a day until the itching stops.
Other atopic remedies
- Apply the aloe vera gel or aloe directly on the affected area.
- Cut a large onion into slices and apply on the skin, fixing with a gauze or bandage. If it is a large area, rub the onion on the skin, without pressing, for a few minutes.
- Apply an ice pack or cold pack to the area where you feel itching. Another option is to directly rub an ice cube. This is not recommended for cases of urticaria or itching due to cold allergy. In this way the blood vessels of the dermal surface are contracted and the amount of irritating histamines that are being produced decreases.
- Wrap 1 cup of cornstarch and several crushed or macerated chamomile flowers in a thin cloth. Dip in the tub or container and then apply on the affected area.
- Boil a few tablespoons of oatmeal in flakes until a paste forms. Let it cool and apply to the areas that sting you. Place a bandage or gauze.
As long as the cause of the itching is not a disease, you can resort to certain home remedies to relieve it. However, it is necessary to always consult with the doctor before applying them.
For the most part, home remedies are prepared with harmless natural ingredients, but if the person is prone to allergies, these remedies will not be convenient.