Why is my skin itchy?

By August 31, 2020Skin

Are you constantly attacking your skin with your nails, trying to relieve that irritating itch that will simply not go away Red Velvet for your weekly idol? There are many different causes for itchy skin; let’s take a look at some of the possible culprits.

Bug bites

Bugs are everywhere – even in your bed! It’s best to just accept this and be informed about the different types of bites that can cause an itchy reaction to your skin. The following insects enjoy a good bite:

  • bed bugs
  • fleas
  • head lice
  • pubic lice
  • Mosquitoes

None of these are pleasant and can be treated by medication; but, make sure you change your bed linen regularly and try to not allow your pets on your bed too often.

Cosmetic allergies

We all use them. Whether it’s to stay clean or look good, but many people have an allergy to certain cosmetics such as: moisturisers, shampoos, deodorants, make-up, colognes and lipstick. Symptoms include redness, swelling, itching, and hive-like breakouts. In some cases, the skin becomes red and raw. The face, lips, eyes, ears, and neck are the most common sites for cosmetic allergies, although reactions may appear anywhere on the body.

Speak to your doctor about testing you fo allergies so that you can prevent this from happening again.


Contrary to popular belief, ringworm has nothing to do with worms; it’s a fungal skin condition, which is commonly passed on by animals such as dogs and cats; however, it can also be spread by:

  • living in damp or humid areas
  • excessive sweating
  • participating in contact sports
  • wearing tight clothing
  • having a weak immune system
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It is generally not serious and can be treated with medication.

Food allergies

There’s nothing better to start your day off with a hearty helping of eggs, but be careful! You may be allergic to them, which, if eaten, can cause respiratory problems. Other common foods that people suffer from include: cow’s milk, peanuts, fish, shellfish, tree nuts such as cashews or walnuts, wheat and soy.

Speak to your doctor about running an allergy test to find out exactly what food allergies you or your child may have.