The condition where a person itches after bathing is known as aquagenic pruritus. There is usually no rash or skin changes during the itch, just that the itching can range from being mild to being very intense.
Usually, water of any temperature can trigger the itching. The exact cause of aquagenic pruritus is not known yet.
Although, it may be caused sometimes by a condition known as Polycythemia vera, which is a condition where the bone marrow produces too many red blood cells. It can be caused by other conditions also. There have been cases where it is inherited or shows in families.
Some other things that could cause itching after having a bath are :
- Reactions to skin care products
- Dry skin
The legs are usually affected the most, followed by the arms, chest, back, and abdomen. In very rare cases, it affects the face. There is no need to bother you with the intricacies, if the itching is becoming too distressful, you should definitely see your doctor.
At home, you can try these remedies to help :
1. You can add a little baking soda to your bath water
2. Use ointment on your skin before and/or after showering
If you constantly itch after bathing, here are a few tips that can help:
- Use boiled, warm water
- Don’t scrub your skin with harsh sponges
- Add some baby oil to the bathing water
- Don’t use antiseptics
- Keep showers as short as possible
- Avoid long, hot baths
- Use a humidifier
- Pat the skin dry after bath, instead of rubbing with towel
- Apply moisturizer to your skin while it’s wet
- Drink water more often
Experiencing itchy skin after bath is not uncommon. Fortunately, simple tweaks in your shower routine could help to tackle the underlying issues causing the itch. However, sometimes the itching might be due to a medical condition.
If your itching does not stop within an hour or two after bath, or if you feel the itching constantly even after trying the home remedies to stop it that was written above, then you should endeavour to see your doctor and explain how you feel. There are some “anti itching” drugs that can help.
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