Waxing or sugaring will relieve itching
Itching can be a sign of internal illness
Question: I have had a burning, itchy feeling in my feet for several weeks. But I can't see any changes in the skin. What can be the cause?
Answer: Excruciating itching is a symptom that can be a sign of various illnesses. These include diseases that occur on the skin, among other things, but also internal diseases (e.g. tumors, metabolic disorders such as diabetes, liver and kidney diseases, food intolerance, intestinal parasites, yeast infections and side effects of drugs). If no organic cause can be determined, psychological reasons can also be the trigger for constant itching. Therefore, consult your family doctor or dermatologist. They will initiate the appropriate investigations.
I have occasional tingling and stinging in my legs. The problems usually occur at night in bed. I have also had diabetes for six years. Can there be a connection?
The symptoms you have described can have a variety of causes, for example a nervous sensitivity disorder in diabetes due to poorly controlled blood sugar levels. You should make the doctor treating you aware of your symptoms and, if necessary, have yourself referred to a neurologist. Other causes can be determined by the dermatologist by analyzing the symptoms and, if necessary, further examinations.
The dermatologist found neurodermatitis in our five-year-old grandson. I've heard to avoid anything that makes you sweat, because sweating makes itching worse. However, our grandson is very agile. He plays and runs a lot. What can you do about itching? I don't want to forbid his childish play.
It is also not necessary to renounce childish play. If the sporting activities are adapted to the individual abilities of the patient, the sport can have a positive effect on the general well-being. If you sweat after physical activity, we recommend a lukewarm bath and then moisturizing the skin with moisturizing ointments. Atopic dermatitis sufferers should better avoid high-foaming soaps, shower lotions and bath additives. They cause the skin to become even drier. Skin-friendly, moisturizing ointments are useful.
Are there foods that should not be given to children with neurodermatitis?
There is no general atopic dermatitis diet. What patients tolerate and what they cannot tolerate can vary greatly from person to person. However, it is known that certain foods can trigger skin reactions and itching in particular.
The more inflamed the skin is, the sooner one should avoid canned, very aromatic and very colored foods. This applies, for example, to sweetened, colored juices, candies and other sweets, but also many types of fruit, including strawberries and citrus fruits as well as hot, aromatic spices. With the help of an experience test (exposure test), the doctor can determine how the condition of the skin changes when a food is omitted and eaten again.
My son (five years old) had developed a nettle rash with itchy, coin-sized wheals for no apparent reason. What can be done about it?
First of all, infections or allergy or pseudo-allergenic substances to which your child's body reacts must be identified. These can include tonsillitis, chronic sinus infections, intestinal parasites, plants, animal hair, certain food components or physical stimuli such as cold and water or stress. Only in a few cases is an allergy the cause of the hives. It can help to keep a daily journal listing the child's activities and meals and when symptoms occurred. The treatment removes any causes of infection. Triggers must be avoided. The use of antihistamines and, if necessary, cortisone-containing preparations (internal treatment) help against acute, severe symptoms of hives. However, this does not replace treating the cause.
I am 75 years old and still quite fit physically. I often have problems with itchy and dry skin. What can I do against it?
With age, the skin forms less fat and can store less moisture. It becomes drier and so prone to itching. In addition, in old age the skin can no longer protect itself from invading germs as well. This increases the risk of itchy eczema. If the skin is very dry and itchy, you should not shower or bathe more than twice a week. The daily use of moisturizing ointments alleviates the symptoms. If this does not improve the problems, you should see a dermatologist.
I feel very itchy all over my body and my skin is dry. Can it also be a side effect of medication? I have to take a lot of medication because of a heart condition and a cholesterol metabolism disorder.
Itching on the skin without clear symptoms can have very different causes.
This also includes side effects of drugs that lower blood lipids (so-called statins). Talk to your treating doctor about it, who can attempt a withdrawal and, if necessary, change the medication.
In the case of itching without additional signs on the skin, cancer of the blood must also be considered.
For over a month I have had a red rash on my chest that is causing burning pain. When I'm in the sun it gets worse. What can I do against it?
You should consult a dermatologist, as the symptoms can have various causes, including serious ones, e.g. light eczema or an autoimmune disease (lupus).
A few weeks ago my husband and I were on vacation in the tropics. I got lots of pin-sized red blisters on my legs that were very itchy. Some have now become larger wheals. What can be the cause?
You should consult a dermatologist who can conduct examinations to clarify what is causing the symptoms (e.g. bed bugs, flea bites). Bug sprays and mosquito nets are recommended for every traveler in the tropics, but they do not offer 100% protection from insect bites.
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