What causes itching?
Are you one of the millions who complain about “Itching problems with my skin?” Itching can be more uncomfortable and frustrating than pain at times. Skin conditions such as hives and eczema, or diseases like chicken pox are associated with an itching rash. If you suffer with moderately dry skin, some patients experience itching all over their body, accompanied by cracking skin. Sometimes itching is related to parasitic infestations such as scabies or head lice. If you have a mole that itches, you should have it examined by your Charlotte dermatologist to rule out the possibility of a malignant change in the mole. Surprisingly, even internal problems such as kidney failure, liver disease, or thyroid disease may cause itching.
Urticaria, known commonly as hives, occurs when your immune system over reacts to a contact of ingestion of a product, releasing histamine into the skin. Hives are welts that can appear on any part of the skin. Hives vary in size from as small as a pin head to as large as a dinner plate. Treatment involves identifying the relevant agent, and avoiding it if possible. Otherwise, antihistamines may be needed to minimize the effect of the released histamine. Many external factors can contribute to hives such as exercise, bathing, excessive pressure from prolonged sitting, vibration, rubbing or scratching. Even from contact with clothing. Certain medications are known to cause hives, and food is often the culprit.
Psoriasis is a collective term for a group of chronic skin disorders that cause an itching and/or burning sensation, along with scaling and/or crusting of the skin. The scalp, elbows, knees, hands, feet, and genitals are the most commonly affected areas. There is no cure for psoriasis, but it can be treated successfully. Treatment depends upon several factors including:
- severity and location of psoriasis
- the patient’s age
- medical history
- lifestyle, including diet
The most common treatments are topical medications, light therapy, and oral or injectable medications. A consistent effort by the patient and his or her dermatologist can be very successful.
A top Charlotte dermatologist for dry skin
If you are dealing with itchy, burning, or cracked dry skin, Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte can provide high quality and innovative treatment in a caring and professional environment. Dr. Nixon and Dr. Haught are board certified dermatologists whose dedication, experience, and knowledge will provide the best possible treatment for your skin, hair, and cosmetic concerns.
Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte also offers medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology; including removal of skin cancer. They provide a full range of cosmetic offerings such as skin tightening, fat reduction, chemical peels, Botox treatments, microdermabrasion, and more. They provide treatment for both adult and pediatric patients. Call their office today for a skin care evaluation and analysis of your dry skin or any other skin condition.