Itchy Skin

Pruritus, or the sensation of itch, is the most common symptom dermatology patients suffer thru. It is a complex sensation resulting from multiple pathogenic mechanisms that usually cannot be attributed to one specific cause or disease. It can be totally devastating affecting the total quality of life.

At Advanced Dermatology your trained medical provider understands how serious itchy skin is and can ensure you they will offer a thorough evaluation and treatment plan. We want you to stop being frustrated with your skin and start to enjoy it again.

Q: What causes itchy skin?

A: There are many causes of itchy skin, including skin-only causes (environmental exposures, excessive dryness, infestations/bites&stings, inflammatory skin disease, infections, neoplastic skin disease and hereditary conditions) and itching from secondary causes (infections, medications, neuropsychiatric causes, pregnancy and serious underlying disease). Your advanced dermatology provider will help you at your appointment to deal with your itching.

Q: What can I do to potentially help at home?

A: Avoid long, hot showers and be sure to always moisturize with a thick moisturizer immediately after bathing. Keep your fingernail short and if possible, avoid scratching to relief itch. Use only fragrance free, hypoallergenic, mild products in your skin care (including shampoo’s, soaps, laundry detergent, moisturizers, beauty products, etc). Wear only soft, breathable clothing. Different soothing topical products are available over-the-counter containing menthol, camphor and capsaicin.

Q: What kinds of treatments are available?

A: Aside from the above listed measures to help with your itching, your provider has several therapeutic options to help control your skin. Prescription strength moisturizers are available along with prescription topical medications (steroids, immunomodulators, coal tars, anesthetics and anti-histamines). Oral therapy includes anti-histamines, leukotriene inhibitors, steroids and immunosuppressive medications. Phototherapy has been employed successfully, along with psychological approaches.