Skin Care

Itchy skin is very common skin condition for both the sexes and people of all ages can suffer from an itchy skin. Itchy skin usually leads to severe discomfort especially in a social setting. As the name indicates, itchy skin is very often accompanied by a desire to keep scratching the surface of the skin. Though such scratching may seem to provide a temporary relief, it may as well increase the underlying complications of the disease. Itchy skin is also medically referred to as pruritus and may be a result of psoriasis or dermatitis. Itchy skin can either occur throughout an individual’s body or may be concentrated in one particular part of the patient’s body.

Itchy Skin Causes

There are different itchy skin causes. The most common itchy skin cause is said to be dry skin and this condition occurs when the skin is exposed to cold and dry outdoors and also warm and dry indoors.


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Itchy skin can be a result of skin conditions, rashes, internal diseases, nerve disorders, irritation and allergic reactions, drugs and pregnancy. Eczema (dermatitis), hives, scabies, psoriasis, chickenpox, lice and dermatographism are known to cause itchy skin.


Itchy Rash

What is a Rash?

A rash is the abnormal change in the skin and this change affects the texture, color and appearance of the skin. The rash might affect an individual’s entire body or may be just localized at one part. Rashes can be painful and might cause the skin to become cracked, dry, sore or itch. Thus the treatment for rashes varies depending on different factors.

What is an Itch?

Itching is an unpleasant feeling in the human body that causes the reflex or desire to scratch.  Research has proved that itching has a number of similarities to pain but their behavioral response patterns are different. While itch leads to scratch reflex, pain leads to withdrawal reflex.

Itchy Rash Vs Non Itchy Rash

Rashes can be of two types, they could either induce an itching sensation or they might be non itchy rashes. While conditions such as goose bumps, roseola, skin tags and warts are non itchy, conditions such as bumpy hives, folliculitis and acne are itchy in nature. The severity of the itching sensation varies from disorder to disorder. For example, a person suffering from severe psoriasis will suffer from itchy rash condition where as an individual suffering from mild psoriasis may not feel the urge to itch. At times, severe sun poisoning condition also might lead to itchy rash condition.

Itchy Rash

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Sun Poisoning Rash

Sun poisoning or Sun poisoning rash is a common medical condition these days and has the potential to cause long term damage including skin cancer. In United States, sunburn is common across both the sexes and various age groups. The children are at relatively high risk when compared to the adults. Over 80% of the children have been affected by sunburns whereas the occurrence of Sun poisoning rash drops in adults and usually has been recorded to be in between 30% to 40%. Increasingly, people are getting more and more educated about sun poisoning rash and have been taking preventive steps to avoid or to reduce the impact of sunburns on their skin.

Sun Poisoning Rash

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Genes are the elements responsible for us looking similar to our parents. This fact is has been proved but hardly any one has the idea that genes are not responsible for the wrinkles or signs of ageing.

Dermatologist, Dr. Jeanine B. Downie, of the American board of Dermatology has found out the same and provides suggestions to minimize the effects of skin damage.

Some external factors are responsible for skin ageing and it’s not the inherited genes which result in the ageing symptoms. Dr. Downie mentions the external factors responsible for this are due to smoking, sunlight exposure, drinking less water & stress.

A recent study conducted by Skin Cancer Foundation in America, revealed that around 40% of the adults in America do not use a sunscreen while moving out of their homes. According to her this should not be done and one should apply a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 when they move outdoors.

She says that one should apply a sunscreen irrespective of their skin tone or the weather outside. She says that if people don’t take care of this, then it could actually lead to lines and wrinkles which are the signs of ageing.