Top 6 Reasons Why You Itch After Taking a Shower and Treatment

Top 6 Reasons Why You Itch After Taking a Shower and Treatment -diagnosis and prevention also..

We’ve all experienced it. After taking a long, hot shower during the cold months, your skin gets a little itchy after you dry off and get dressed. For most of us, this symptom is mild, only lasts a few minutes, and is related to dry skin caused by cold, dry air and long, hot showers. 

But for some people, itching after taking a shower can be chronic, severe, and even debilitating. There are a number of different conditions that can cause itching after exposure to hot showers—most of them are benign, while others can be dangerous.

Any person with unexplained itching, especially after taking a hot shower, should see their doctor for a complete evaluation, given that some conditions causing this symptom can be dangerous and even life-threatening.

1.Xerosis

Dry skin plagues people of all ages but is particularly common in older people. Dry, irritated, itchy skin characterizes a number of skin diseases that are collectively referred to as eczema.

Xerosis, also known as the winter itch, occurs most often during the dry, cold winter months, as a result of repeated wetting and drying without the use of moisturizer.
 Symptoms include dry, itchy, flaky, red skin, with painful cracking on the hands and feet.1

2.Polycythemia Vera

Polycythemia vera (PV) is a disease of the bone marrow in which there is an overproduction of red blood cells. People with PV have “thicker” blood as a result of this disease process, which can cause various symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, visual changes, chest pain,2 bleeding, blood clots, enlarged liver and spleen, and a “ruddy” complexion (redness of the face). This condition can be ruled out by checking a simple blood count.

3.Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph nodes. People with this cancer have enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, groin, or within the chest.

In addition to enlarged lymph nodes, Hodgkin’s lymphoma may cause entire body symptoms including weight loss, fever, night sweats, and itching.3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma can be screened for by performing X-rays to look for enlarged lymph nodes, or performing a biopsy on an enlarged lymph node.

4.Cholinergic Urticaria

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Cholinergic urticariais a form of hives that is caused by an increase in body temperature. Hives are caused by an increase in body temperature, such as hot showers, exercise, spicy foods, or being under too many covers in bed at night. Strong emotions may also cause hives to occur in people with cholinergic urticaria.

The hives in cholinergic urticaria are classically pinpoint in size, less than the size of a mosquito bite. These may group together, or coalesce, into larger hives over time. Occasionally, cholinergic urticaria can be associated with more severe symptoms, includingasthma symptomsand low blood pressure.

Cholinergic urticaria, like most other forms of urticaria, can often be treated easily with oralantihistamines.4

 

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