You have heard time and time again, don’t scratch that itch. Likely, it has been followed with elaboration that scratching will make it worse. It is true! Scratching can cause your skin to bleed, ooze and create room for infections. One of the common bacterial infections is caused by Staphylococcus aureus.
In fact, 25% of people carry Staphylococcus aureus, inside of their noses, so it is imperative that you do not stick your finger up your nose. By doing so, your risk spreading the bacteria if you pick at pimples on your face or scratch at your eczema or other dry skin ailments. Below are some tips to help you avoid scratching that itch:
Tip 1: Cut your nails. While it may be more aesthetically pleasing, especially among the female population to have long nails, it is too tempting to scratch when you possess them. After you trim your nails, make sure to file them smoothly. that way in the event you scratch at your eczema or psoriasis, you will be less likely to cause the rash to crack, bleed or be exposed to infection.
Tip 2: Apply pressure or firmly stroke the area that is itching. By applying the pressure you will help reduce that annoying twinge prompting you to scratch at it.
Tip 3: Take an antihistamine to alleviate itchy symptoms. Typically, antihistamines can cause drowsiness, so it is best to take these at night prior to bedtime. While these have been helpful for some, they do not always aid in alleviating itch. If you do not experience relief, do not continue to take medicine that is not prescribed to you by your doctor and is not helping the cause.
Tip 4: Ice the surface area of the rash or dry skin. icing numbs the area and also causes the impulses that reach the receptors in your brain to numb as well.
Tip 5: Epsom salt baths have been known to help with the anti-itch factor. Make sure the salt is 100% salt and soak in the tub for at least twenty minutes. Run a bath that is lukewarm water, as hot water can further irritate and dry out the skin, causing it to itch more.
Tip 6: Moisturize. Absolutely, moisturizing is an imperative part of keeping your skin healthy and alleviating the urge to scratch. The benefits of moisturizing with the TrueLipids product line is that it is formulated for essential skin lipid replacement, contains the healing properties of ceramides, is 100% hypoallergenic, making it safe for all skin types and focuses on skin barrier optimization (SBO).
By adhering to this six tips, you should be able to keep that annoying desire to scratch that itch at bay. In addition, the use of the right moisturizing products will help with prevention of future occurrences and breakouts.