How To Treat Itchy Skin in the Elderly

How To Treat Itchy Skin in the Elderly

Itchy skin can be frustrating and isolating for anyone. But for some people, it can feel like a constant cycle of stress and discomfort- especially as we get older. As we age, our skin gets drier — which is to say, less able to fight off bugs and other irritants. This makes itching skin more common than you might expect in the elderly population.

In fact, itchy skin, also known as pruritus, is one of the most common skin conditions in aging skin. In addition to factors like dryness, clothing that’s too tight, or friction from exercise causing minor rashes on exposed skin, many elderly people also experience their itchy skin as a result of environmental triggers. These include things like excessive moisture in clothing or bedding, dander (tiny dust particles), or allergens such as pet dander or pollen. If you or someone you care for who struggles with chronic pruritus or frequent bouts of itching around your neck, wrists, ankles and scalp — or any other areas of your body — read on to find out how you can treat it effectively.

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