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I have itchy skin due to arthritis. What creams can I use to help stop the itching?


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October 12, 20170 found this helpful
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Here is a few ideas that we use in Tahiti for itching and dry skin:

  • Due to sun, bug bites and different allergies people have problems with dry itchy skin. Here we use a homemade mint oil on the skin.
  • The oil is easy to make at home and is actually quite good for your skin.
  • Here is what you will need to make the oil: 1 small to medium size package of fresh mint + 1 bottle of cheap cooking oil.
  • Place the mint in your blender and add the bottle of cooking oil to the blender.
  • Blend together on high speed until you see the oil turn green or have fully blended the mint leaves.
  • Pour this into a saucepan and put it on your stove using low heat.
  • You will just want to heat the oil and not boil the oil.
  • Afterwards put a clean cloth over the mouth of the jar and pour this into the jar. Throw away the remains of the leaves.
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  • Now you can apply this to your skin several times a day. This will hydrate your skin and stop it from itching. It will also protect your skin from bug bites and it smells so good.
  • If your skin is irritated, you can use a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar and apply it to the area. Apple cider vinegar is great for all types of skin rashes and itchy skin.
  • I would also recommend seeing a doctor if this persists.
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October 10, 20170 found this helpful

You do not say what type of arthritis you have and there can be a difference in treatment. Did your family doctor diagnose your illness or have you seen a Rheumatologist or dermatologist?

  • Whoever is treating your for your arthritis should have given you information on OTC products as well as a prescription if they deemed your itch severe enough to need a stronger medication.
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  • If possible, it is probably still a good idea to call and see if they have some information they can send you.
  • Here are some suggestions from the Arthritis Foundation: This is one form of arthritis:
  • Psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a form of arthritis where joint pain and severe fatigue is accompanied by psoriasis, an uncomfortable, itchy skin condition that causes unsightly red, flaky patches.
  • Simply treating your psoriasis can help reduce itch. If your psoriasis is moderate or severe, or your itch is particularly bothersome, consider asking your doctor to put you on a more aggressive treatment. One treatment is a topical product that contains capsaicin.
  • Apply a rich moisturizing cream or ointment to retain moisture and fight the itch. Keep skin moisturized. This is the first step in controlling itch because it reduces redness and itching and helps the skin heal. Dermatologists recommend heavy creams and ointments to lock water into the skin. Cooking oils and even shortening can be inexpensive substitutes for commercial moisturizers.
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  • When you are experiencing a flare, protect your skin from chafing and additional irritation by wearing soft, breathable cotton fabrics.
  • Remove scale and flaking. Apply a scale softening (keratolytic) product to reduce excess skin and prevent psoriasis plaques from cracking and flaking. Over-the-counter lotions that contain ingredients like salicylic acid, lactic acid, urea or phenol can help remove scale. Removing scale can reduce itch and make itch-relieving lotions and ointments more effective.
  • Cold showers and cold packs also can offer relief. Avoid hot baths and try to limit showers to 10 minutes or less. Hot water can make skin irritation and dryness worse. Apply lotion after washing to lock in moisture. Store lotions in the refrigerator. The feeling of a cool lotion on itchy skin can help.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis here is a link with information on treating your skin.


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October 10, 20170 found this helpful

Natural remedies for itchy skin.

Step 1
Use moisturizers with lanolin and mineral oil in them.


Step 2
Take oatmeal bathes in warm water soak fifteen to 20 minutes.

Step 3
Put cold compresses on itchy skin.

Step 4
Use creams with hydracortisone in them.

Step 5
Talk to your doctor about medications to relieve your skin itching.

Step 6
Also doak oil in the bath will help.

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