Itchy skin after bath can be intolerable especially when it occurs every time. It can be very frustrating to live with, imagine waking up to resume work early but stuck with itchy skin after shower. However, it ranges from mild short-lived to severe which is rare. It is an unpleasant sensation of itch with or without rashes resulting in one scratching the affected part. This sensation can be caused by several factors.
What are the causes of itchy skin?
Itchy skin after bath can be generalized which is most common or localized. Causes include;
- Dry skin can cause an itchy feeling after bath. This can be a result of the use of harsh skincare that depletes the sebum, use of extremely hot water, dehydration, etc.
- Use of extreme hot or cold water
- Allergy to water
- Use of bathing soap with harsh chemicals
- Allergy to chemicals in soaps can result in itching with or without rashes; a harsh soap can lead to lasting itch after a shower as well as failing to remove all soap off the skin after a shower
- Skin infection as a result of the presence of underlined bacteria, fungi, and viral skin infection can be aggravated after bath
How to prevent and suppress itchy skin after bath
- Gently pat dry your skin with towels after a bath, do not rub
- Switch soap to a mild one
- Avoid using harsh sponge or scrub
- Avoid extremely hot and cold bath
- Sundry towel and change often
- Increase fluid intake as less water intake can lead to dehydration which can result to dry skin. It is advisable to take between 2-3 liters of water per day for proper hydration
- Eat healthy, an unhealthy diet and malnutrition result in dry skin.
In conclusion, itching after bath sometimes resolves on its own and goes away with the above measures, however, if itching don’t subside within 1-2 hours after showering or itching persists; report to your doctor as soon as possible.