Is severe itching sensation over your body hampering your daily life?
You are probably suffering from Pruritus – a skin disorder that leads to uncomfortable itchy skin, caused by dryness. This disorder is mostly observed in older adults, as ageing skin tends to get drier.
The symptoms of Pruritus include itching in certain parts of the body like arms or legs, or in some cases, you may also experience whole body itching. This condition may or may not be accompanied by redness, dry or cracked skin bumps or blisters, and leathery or scaly skin texture.
What makes the condition of Pruritus worse is the constant scratching. The more it itches, the more you will scratch; and this unbreakable cycle may cause skin damage, injury or even infection.
Dry skin needs extra care. And when it is dryness due to ageing, you will need the extra nourishment of the skin. Moisturising is the first step towards caring for dry or ageing skin.
Pruritus could also be caused by environmental conditions or certain lifestyle choices like frequent use of air-conditioning or heating. The dryness and itching could also be a sign of other skin disorders such as psoriasis, dermatitis, etc. The itchy skin could also be caused by allergic reactions.
Itchy skin is a major deterrent to the good quality of life. Consulting a dermatologist is a good idea, especially if you have been suffering for more than two weeks. It’s best that treatment is started before adverse effects occur.