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Itchy Skin
Itchy Skin

Itchy skin can range from mildly irritating to debilitating. Persistent itchy skin will usually be swollen and red – meaning the discomfort is both physical and aesthetic.

 

The most common cause of ongoing itchy skin is dermatitis, also known as eczema. There are several different varieties which have different precise causes, and slightly varying symptoms. The good news is that most types of dermatitis can be successfully treated by employing one or more from the variety of effective options available at Skin Institute.

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Causes

Skin itchiness can be the result of many possible factors. Single spots may be insect bites, while sunburn is usually identifiable by the appearance and knowledge of recent sun exposure. Larger rashes with accompanying systemic symptoms may be conditions like chicken pox or shingles. These concerns will mostly be dealt with by by general practitioners.

Skin Institute’s treatments are designed to manage dermatitis and other related purely dermatological concerns. The most common varieties of dermatitis – and ones that we are well versed in treating at Skin Institute – are allergic contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, hand dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis and perioral dermatitis.

The exact reasons for developing dermatitis are unknown, but there appears to be a genetic component in some cases. Allergic contact dermatitis arises from a reaction to prolonged exposure to a particular material, while other varieties can be induced by a number of factors, including dry air, stress and occasionally foods. People with sensitive skins are also more prone to dermatitis.

Treatment

There are a variety of treatment avenues depending on precisely what condition you are suffering from. Common recommendations for dermatitis include specialised moisturiser, topical or oral steroids, or reduced contact with irritants if applicable. More information on treatments for the different varieties of dermatitis is available on the Dermatitis page.

Why Skin Institute?

Since being established in 1994, Skin Institute has been at the forefront of dermatological care in New Zealand. From the beginning, we have demonstrated expertise in the areas of clinical dermatology, veins, cosmetic medicine and surgery, and skin cancer. Today, we are a multi-disciplinary specialist centre, with clinics across the country – and teams of highly qualified medical and nursing staff at each one.


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