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Those who have already experienced a strong and persistent itch certainly have not kept a good memory of it. What about generalized itching, that is, what affects the whole body?
First of all, it must not be taken lightly, because it can be due to numerous causes, namely:
- a skin disease (psoriasis, eczema, lichen, parasites, etc.), sometimes not yet overt
- taking certain drugs (antibiotics, aspirin, etc.)
- a gallstone
- a chronic renal failure
- a blood disease
- a hormonal disease (diabetes, hyperthyroidism)
Nervous and senile itching
When none of the aforementioned causes have been diagnosed and the skin does not show any visible alteration (rashes, patches), it is called “sine materia” itching. The cause can be a psychological problem (nervous itching), or, in the case of old age, skin drying (senile itching).
Itch therapy is primarily that of the triggering cause. The itch itself can be treated orally (taking antihistamines, which have anti-itch properties) and locally (soothing baths, nourishing creams).
Once you have ruled out or addressed all possible organic causes, if the itch persists, consider the possibility of a nerve source. In this case, try herbal medicine (lemon balm, valerian, passion flower, etc.) or homeopathy (Ignatia is the remedy of choice for psychosomatic disorders). Sometimes a vicious circle can develop: nervousness generates itching, which in turn fuels nervousness.
If you suffer from senile itching, nourish the skin internally by taking oils in capsules, eg. ex. of borage or evening primrose, with at least 100mg of vitamin E (also in capsules), a necessary supplement in case of significant intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Expect about three months for a quantifiable result.
My name is Kim Jung-hoon and I am a medical student studying at the Yonsei University Faculty of Medicine in South Korea with the ultimate goal in specialization for Molecular Biology and Genetics.