Diseases That Cause Itchy Skin

Diseases that cause itchy skin - If you’ve had a skin condition for more than 7-10 days and have been unable to isolate the cause, there could be an underlying illness that’s gone undetected.

Here’s a brief list of common diseases that cause itchy skin or rashes, cracking, flaking, redness and irritation.......

Autoimmune Disorders: When the immune system begins to attack itself, this causes itching along with pain and sometimes difficulty breathing.

Cancer: Skin cancer may itch, and various forms of cancer like leukemia, lung cancer, and prostrate cancer may all cause skin irritation

Diabetes: Diabetes and itchy skin is pretty common. Diabetes can cause a variety of conditions including: bacterial infections that become red, hot, swollen and itchy; fungal infections (like athletes foot or yeast infections); diabetic dermopathy (light brown patches that flake or scale); diabetic blisters and atherosclerosis.

Kidney Failure: When your kidneys cannot get rid of waste, the entire body becomes fatigued and skin begins to itch. Other symptoms are flu-like nausea and on-going weight loss.

Liver Disease: Liver diseases very often cause itching. While doctors aren’t certain as to why, they believe the various toxins accumulating in the blood when the liver functions poorly may produce the itching. Liver diseases are often accompanied by nausea and weariness.

Thyroid Disease: Along with weight gain or loss, thyroid disease can manifest into itchy skin.

Menopause: While menopause is not a disease, hormonal changes - such as the decline in estrogen - that takes place during menopause is a very common reason for itching and irritation. Many women experience a variety of skin disorders during this ten year transition including:

Some experience paresthesia, which causes unusual sensation of pins and needles, numbness, pricking or tingling. Others experience formication - which feels like insects crawling on their skin.

Natural Remedies for Severe Itchy Skin

No matter the underlying cause for your itching and irritation, you need to take care of it so that the skin can return to a healthier state.

There are some simple daily tips, life style changes and natural treatments that may provide relief

  • Diet - Consider increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids by eating more fish, walnuts, flaxseed, soy or take a daily fish oil supplement.
  • Also, B complex can helpful. Take B-complex or a multivitamin that contains B-complex daily. Make sure to take your B vitamins with food.
  • Hydrate - Drink more water! Very simple tip that can really help. Most pepole underestimate how much water they drink.
  • Aim for at least eight 8 oz. glasses of pure water daily.
  • For severe itching, take a warm bath with cornstarch, oatmeal and a little lemon juice (do not use the lemon if your skin is hurting).
  • Cold packs or a warm, wet chamomile tea bag placed on the region sometimes ease itching too.
  • Moisturize - Petroleum jelly is one option for localized itching. Olive oil is good too. Try to avoid any harsh soap or cleansers.
  • Hormones - If you suspect the problem is due to hormonal imbalance, get your hormone levels tested. Some women find relief using natural hormones for menopause skin care.
  • However, if you have any questions, always check with your doctor first. Women prone to hormone related cancer or have a history of hormone related cancer should always consult with their doctor first.

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