How to Get Rid of Irritated Skin
Irritated skin is generally called dermatitis which is an inflammation of the skin. Often times it causes itching, flaking or peeling, redness and even bleeding. Some irritations are tender and at times the skin is so irritated that the skin just breaks out in small wounds. It is either due to direct contact with an irritating substance termed as contact dermatitis, or to an allergic reaction. There is also a dermatitis associated with stress and anxiety. Although it is not contagious or dangerous, it can be uncomfortable and not good to look at. In some cases, skin irritation requires prescription medications.
There are some skin products that contribute to skin’s irritation. There are chemicals present in some products that do more harm than good on the skin. Make sure that you know the chemistry of your skin. Also, see to it that the products to be used are of good quality and safe because if it is not compatible to your skin, irritation will occur. Discontinue products right away if there are any untoward effects. If you’re unsure of what products may be causing damage to your skin, you may want to consult with a doctor to get more information on what may be causing it.
If you have allergic dermatitis, creams with 1% hydrocortisone and calamine lotion can be of help. Oral antihistamines such as dipenhydramine can control the unbearable itch of the affected area. However, it may cause drowsiness so it is highly recommended to take during the night. If there is a need to take it by day, make sure that necessary precautions are observed especially when operating machineries or driving a automobile.
Apply a cold compress
It is medically recommended that a cold compress for ten to fifteen minutes every hour alleviates the itch and aids in drying up the rash or blister. These cold compresses can be purchased at any local pharmacy.
Wash the area
Run a washcloth under luke warm water for a few seconds. Afterwards, place a small drop of antibacterial soap on the rag. Be sure to use a soft cloth so that you’re not causing a lot of friction on the skin. Once the area has been washed, let it air dry.
Drink plenty of water
Rehydration is essential to the skin. Dry, irritated area will benefit from water. Drink at least eight ounces of water daily if possible. If you can, write up a schedule if you’re finding it rather hard to stick to a schedule.
Avoid scratching whenever possible to decrease further complications. Make sure that the fingernails are clean and well trimmed and consider using gloves when going to sleep if scratching is unavoidable during the night. Irritated skin could also be due to the low humidity in the air, often in the Winter months. If the Winter is causing your dry skin, consider placing lotion on the areas that are effected at least once a day to ensure that the dry skin doesn’t come back.
Allow your body for circulation. Skin irritation associated with stress may be facilitated through mind-body techniques such as meditation, yoga, and stress management.