Skin itching is a common problem for many people. Itching is known to be the distracting and intense tickling sensation or irritation felt all over the skin area or only on the particular skin surface. Skin itching has a specific medical term "pruritus".
It's evident that itching leads the majority of people to scratch the affected skin area but at the same time some people are able to tolerate different amounts of itching. The level of the mentioned tolerance may be influenced by current emotions, stress or other factors of everyday life. As a rule, if there are any distractions on the skin or it is warm - skin itching will be more severe. That's the reason why many people used to notice itching primarily at night. Very often people suffer from dry skin itching. It has become pretty wide-spread.
There are several places where skin itching mostly occurs. The majority of people experience itching in the anus area. Fortunately, medical experts indicate that it's one of the most common but temporary problem for 97% of people. But for some of us itching around anus can be a great ordeal. The popular cause of such itching is inflammation or simply dermatitis around the sensitive skin around the anus. That's why it's not surprising - the mentioned area is constantly soggy due to perspiration and smeared with motion.
It's worth admitting there are some diseases accompanied by skin itching. For example, liver disease, diabetes mellitus, jaundice, kidney failure and cancer (rarely). Such blood disorders as leukemia or Hodgkin's disease can also cause itching. Some people can suffer from this kind of irritation after taking certain drugs (for example, cocaine, aspirin or codeine). But be aware that itching can be due to allergy. It's a common knowledge skin itching sometimes occurs after the contact with detergents, soap, scratchy or rough-textured materials.
Integrally, there may be two kinds of skin itching: localized and generalized ones. As a rule localized itching is caused by chemical irritation (such as stinging nettle, poison ivy), sunburn, hives, parasites (head, public or body lice). Generalized itching is known to be caused by different allergic reactions, infections and kidney diseases, reactions to specific medications.
What can people do in case of irritating skin itching? First, try not to scratch; the less damaging remedy for you can be rubbing in some soothing cream. The most appropriate creams are those containing camphor or menthol. For some time you should avoid wool against your skin till itching is gone. Remember that skin itching becomes more annoying when you are warm. So, don't overdress, try to keep cool. Many doctors advice taking cool shower or just apply cool compress on the affected body area.
In some cases, when the mentioned recommendations don't help, there are several kinds of medical tools able to provide you with more efficient treatment. The most popular of them are antihistamines. They can induce drowsiness but be aware of some possible side effects listed in instructions.