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ThymeItching may be caused by a skin disorder or by a disease that affects the whole body (systemic disease). Skin disorders that cause severe itching include infestations with parasites (such as scabies, mites, or lice), insect bites, hives, atopic dermatitis, and allergic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. These disorders usually also produce a rash. Systemic diseases that can cause itching include liver disease, kidney failure, lymphomas, leukemias and other blood disorders, and, occasionally, thyroid disease, diabetes, and cancer. However, itching from these diseases usually does not result in a rash.

Many drugs can cause itching, including barbiturates, morphine and aspirin as well as any drug to which a person has an allergy.

Itching is also common during the later months of pregnancy. Usually, pregnancy-related itching does not indicate any abnormality, but it can result from mild liver problems.

Often, contact with wool clothing or irritants, such as solvents or cosmetics, causes itching. Dry skin (xerosis), which is especially common among older people, can cause severe, widespread itching. Dry skin also can result from cold weather or prolonged exposure to water. Hot baths typically worsen itching.

The act of scratching can itself irritate the skin and lead to more itching, creating an itching-scratching-itching cycle. Vigorous scratching may cause redness and deep scrapes in the skin. In some people, even gentle scratching causes raised, red streaks that can itch intensely. Prolonged scratching and rubbing can thicken and scar the skin.

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Itching can be caused by many conditions. Probably the most common cause of itch is psychological, that is, due to stress, anxiety, etc. Stress also can aggravate itch from other causes.

Dry skin is another frequent cause of itch. Many people also report sunburn itch following prolonged exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Other causes include metabolic and endocrine disorders (for example, liver or kidney disease, hyperthyroidism), cancers (for example, lymphoma), reactions to drugs, and diseases of the blood (for example, polycythemia vera). Itching is common with allergic reactions. Itching can also result from insect stings and bites such as from mosquito or flea bites.

Infections and infestations of the skin are another cause of itch. Common infectious causes of itch include a fungal infection of the crotch (tinea cruris) commonly known as jock itch, as well as vaginal itching and/or anal itching from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or other types of infections.

Another type of parasitic infection resulting in itch is the so-called swimmer's itch. Swimmer's itch, also called cercarial dermatitis, is a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction to infection with certain parasites of birds and mammals that are released from infected snails in fresh and saltwater. Itch may also result from skin infestation by body lice, including head lice and pubic lice. Most people who have itching, however, do not have a serious underlying condition.

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A simple way to treat itching would be to have bath putting 2 cups of oatmeal in a tub with lukewarm water.

In the bath water, add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This would work well to provide relieve from itching.

Bathe the affected area in a tea made from burdock root, yellow dock root, golden seal root and/or yarrow. These herbs are believed to possess powerful anti-itching properties. Use them alone or in combination.

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Aloe Vera: It is considered that the antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties of aloe vera can help in treating itching and can help in wound healing and making your skin smooth by dilating capillaries and improving blood circulation. You can apply aloe vera gel on your affected skin area or rub a crushed aloe vera leaf on your skin.

Thyme Leaves: It is suggested that thyme can numb the sensation of itching while reducing skin inflammation, thereby treating itching. For this, you can boil ½ ounce dried thyme leaves in some water for about 10 minutes. After bringing down the temperature to normal, dip a piece of clean cloth into the tea and apply this to your skin.

Basil Leaves: You can boil a ½ ounce of dried basil leaves in some water and apply the liquid to the affected area of your skin. The antibacterial property of basil can help in giving relief from itching.

Papaya seeds: Papain in papaya is considered an effective aid in dissolving dead tissues (caused by scratching your skin) without affecting any living tissue. This property of papaya can help in treating itching. For this, you may mash few papaya seeds and apply the paste on the affected area of your skin.

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There are certain things people can do to avoid itchy skin. Patients who tend toward itchy skin should:

  • avoid a daily bath
  • use only lukewarm water when bathing
  • use only gentle soap
  • pat dry, not rub dry, after bathing, leaving a bit of water on the skin
  • apply a moisture-holding ointment or cream after the bath
  • use a humidifier in the home

Patients who are allergic to certain substances, medications, and so on can avoid the resulting itch if they avoid contact with the allergen. Avoiding insect bites, bee stings, poison ivy and so on can prevent the resulting itch. Treating sensitive skin carefully, avoiding overdrying of the skin, and protecting against diseases that cause itchy rashes are all good ways to avoid itching.

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