How to relieve the itching?

How to relieve the itching?
17/07/2015 Margarida Moreira

The itching is one of the cutaneous (skin) symptoms that most frequently arises due to its vast causes and manifestations. The most common causes are bacterial, viral and fungal origin, can still manifest itself after a plague of pests, insect bites, allergies and skin diseases.

People with more prone to these symptoms are those with micronutrient deficiencies or suffering from circulatory problems or liver. The affected areas get hot and red due to the inflow of blood at the scene, and arise pustules (“tiny bubbles”) that with the action of the heat may increase in size.



In the case of the resulting itching of micronutrient deficiency, can be prevented by balancing the diet.

The itching (or pruritus, in Latin) as an allergy manifestation, originates free radicals that must be combated with vegetable antioxidants (vitamins C and E), essentially acquired from the power supply. Vitamin C, also called Ascorbic acid, often found in fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruits, raw red peppers, guavas (Psidium guajava), Zante currants, wild rose, broccoli, tomatoes and Brussels sprouts (Brassica oleracea). Vitamin E is an antioxidant par excellence, responsible for the proper functioning of the immune system (biological structures and processes that protect the body against foreign agents – diseases) and for maintaining the health of the eyes and skin. More foods rich in vitamin E are nuts (with preference of walnuts), cereals, vegetables, eggs and oils.

Dry skin can intensify the sensation of itching, thus, it is recommended the application of natural fats (creams, lotions and oils) and to avoid long and frequent baths because they contribute to a further parched skin.

The treatment of pruritus requires a medical evaluation of the case to to properly tailor treatment, self-medication is never recommended. Consult your health care professional in order to verify the true cause to avoid false diagnosis and potentially aggravate the itching.


Therapeutic applications

In the itching area is recommended to apply cold cloths with water and vinegar (1 tablespoon of vinegar per liter of water or 33.81 US fl oz) soothe the discomfort sensation due to insect bites. The baths of salt water, whey or fresh water with plants (Chamomile or Lemon balm) are also beneficial to relieve the symptoms.

The essential oil of the tree-of-tea (Camellia sinensis) added to a neutral oil soothes the itching.

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