Everyone deals with itchy skin at some point in their lives. However, there are times when the itching can be uncontrollable and chronic. Regardless of which you are dealing with, sometimes over-the-counter anti-itch products are not effective. This may be a sign of a more serious concern or condition that requires the assistance of a professional. At Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center in Miami and Hallandale Beach, Dr. Zaiac can provide patients with a thorough evaluation and a definitive diagnosis of the type of itch they are dealing with.
What are some common causes of intensely itching skin?
There are a lot of reasons why someone might be dealing with uncontrollably itchy skin. Below are just a few of the more common causes of itchy skin:
- Extremely dry, dehydrated skin
- Bug bites, including mosquitos and gnats
- Sign of other diseases including diabetes, kidney, or liver disease
- Allergic reaction on the skin to a substance, such as a fabric or metal
- Allergic reaction to a plant, such as poison ivy
- A side effect of a certain prescription medication
- Nerve issues, such as multiple sclerosis or shingles
- Conditions such as hives, psoriasis, eczema, or chickenpox
- Rarely, skin cancer
What treatments are available for itchy skin?
There are a wide range of treatments that are available for itchy skin. In most cases, an anti-itch topical cream available over-the-counter can help patients find relief. Others may be available by prescription of the over-the-counter options are not strong or sufficient enough. If the patient is dealing with itching caused by another problem such as diabetes, liver disease, or shingles, alternative treatments are needed to find relief and address the issue at the source.
Dealing with itching skin?
It might be time to make an appointment with the team at Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center. Our providers are available to help patients find relief from chronic, itching skin after obtaining a definitive diagnosis of their problem. We have two locations in the areas of Miami Beach and Hallandale Beach, and our main office number is (305) 532-4478. Dr. Martin Zaiac can assist both new and current patients of the practice.