itchy skin relief

What is Itchy Skin?

Itchy skin is uncomfortable or irritating and will make you want to scratch. It is also known as pruritus and is typically caused by dry skin. It becomes increasingly common as you get older because your skin gets drier as you age. You can take self-care measures for itchy skin relief but you must identify its cause for a long-term treatment plan.


Itchy skin may occur in specific, small areas or it can affect your entire body. There may be no noticeable changes to your skin or your skin may show:

  • Redness
  • Dry skin
  • Cracked skin
  • Bumps, blisters, or spots
  • Leathery texture

What Causes Dry, Itchy Skin?

There are several possible causes of itchy skin and they include:

  • A skin condition or rash such as eczema, scabies, chickenpox, hives, lice, and psoriasis
  • Dry skin
  • Internal disease
  • Drugs like antibiotics, narcotic pain medication, or antifungal drugs can cause itching and rashes
  • Nerve disorders such as diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis, shingles, and pinched nerves
  • Allergic reactions
  • Pregnancy can cause some women to have itchy skin especially around the thighs or stomach

What is the Best Treatment for Itchy Skin?

There are many options for itchy skin treatment but you must first determine the main cause of it. Once you and your doctor identify the cause of your itchy skin, it can be treated with:

  • Medication, such as:
    • Antidepressants
    • Calcineurin inhibitors
    • Corticosteroid creams
  • Treatment of the underlying disease
  • Light therapy, known as phototherapy, will expose the irritated skin to ultraviolet light. However, multiple sessions may be necessary to relieve the itching.

As the weather gets colder, it can exacerbate symptoms and you must do your best to not scratch. If you are looking for immediate dry, itchy skin relief, please contact us at (213) 386-2511 or schedule an appointment online.