Over the past two years, we had many conversations with patients suffering from eczema as we started to research and develop an eczema ointment. Itching is one common symptom faced by nearly all of these patients, regardless of their sex and age.
The itching can be so persistent and annoying. Many people cannot resist the temptations to scratch their skin. Although scratching provides temporary relief, it inevitably makes itching and eczema conditions worse. The reason is simple. As we itch the skin, we further breaks down the outer layer of the skin (strateum corneum) which serves as the skin barrier that prevent allergens or bacteria from entering the living portion of the skin. Furthermore, break down of the skin barrier also expedite water loss of body and makes skin more vulnerable. The end result is the vicious scratch and itch cycle.
How to stop itch?
Will power is often not enough. Here are some tips that can help:
1. Try the cold compress. Apply ice or frozen food on itchy spots. This will reduce the severity of itch or stops itch all together in some cases. It turns out that cold temperature activate the same nerve fibers that transmit the itching sensation. So we are just fooling the body to think it is cold rather than itching.
2. Take an anti-histamine such as Benadryl. Many people I spoke to had severe itch that interfere sleep. In those cases, anti-histamine drugs may help to ameliorate the severity of itch.
3. Apply moisturizer ointments or creams. Although the effect of most creams, lotions and ointments are disappointing, it can help to rebuild the skin barriers in the long run and prevent worsening of itch. Also, consider trying Eczema Ointment - Natural Repair from Dr. Wang Herbal Skincare. The product has shown to reduce itchy within 5 minutes after application in a small clinical study.
We hope this information help you the next time you have the need to scratch and itch.
We hope this blog was helpful. Please share it with your friends. If you wish to read future articles on attaining healthier skin, please subscribe to our newsletter. If you have comments or suggestions for future blog topics, please contact us.