Chronic itching is a distressing symptom of old age that can significantly impact the quality of life. The cause can vary from a case of simple winter itch to extensive skin diseases like eczema, ichthyosis, Urticaria or folliculitis.
Winter Itch – The winter Itch is a form of cold-induced allergy. The basic problem here is lack of moisture. Patients describe this type of itching as thousands of needles poking them at the same time. The skin feels rough like sandpaper.
Eczema – As age advances, the skin tends to progressively dry up. This is because the glands which produce the skins natural moisture content do not work as effectively as during younger age. It therefore becomes difficult for the skin to replenish its moisture content. Chronic dryness of the skin with sluggish blood circulation predisposes the skin to develop eczema with extensive itching. The itching is mostly worse at night.
Ichthyosis – Ichthyosis is a skin disorder, which causes the formation of dry scales on the skin. It is an inherited skin disorder, often beginning in childhood but peaks with old age.
Urticaria – The itch in Urticaria usually starts with a sting, making the person scratch vigorously. Most men develop this immediately after removing their socks. It is the result of histamine, a chemical found in skin, responsible for stimulating the itch. Patients with urticaria often get addicted to pills which knock them off to sleep but do not really help the itching.
Folliculitis – The itching here is caused due to extensive bacterial infection of hair follicles all over the body. Poor immunity during old age can be a trigger. They appear as tiny red or black dots spread across the whole body causing tremendous itching.
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