Hello everyone. I am Sirisha Singh.I am a dermatologist and aesthetic dermatologist. We are going to do a brief talk on itchingof the skin during summers and how to avoid itching of the skin during summers and howtreat the itching of the skin during summers. Itching of the skin during summers is a verycommon problem. It is particularly common in people who inherently have dry skin evenpeople who do not have inherently have dry skin if they live in areas where where thereis low ambient humidity as we do have in Delhi, India we tend to develop dry skin during summersdue to the low humidity. Summers also comes with a lot of sweating and accumulation ofsweat on the surface of the skin also results

in itching of the skin. In addition to thiswe tend to take several baths during summers to try and cool down our body temperature.During these baths if you use a harsh soap or a harsh cleanser it can further dry outthe skin and cause itching of the skin. This topic focuses specifically on itching of theskin without the presence of a rash that is itching with no underlying skin infection.to avoid itching of the skin the most important step is to use a gentle non foaming cleanserwhile taking a bath and one could take a bath with lukewarm water or cool water to try andcool down the skin. The gentle non foaming cleanser will prevent the skin from dryingout and will prevent the itching from getting

worse. Once could also take a bath with oatmeal.That is in a tub of bath water you could put half a cup of ground oatmeal. The oatmealcleanses the skin and at the same time hydrates the skin effectively to prevent drying ofthe skin and to prevent excessive itching of the skin. Another way of looking afterhydration of skin is looking at what we consume. It is advisable to consume a lots of fruitsand vegetables. Particularly juicy fruits and vegetables which have a lot of fluid andalso concentrate on drinking about two to three litres of water during the day. Becausewe not only need to look after the water requirements of the body but due to sweating we lose extrawater and that extra water needs to be replenished

in the body system. One could also wear clotheswhich are made of cotton or linen. So clothes with loose breathable fabric to prevent sweatingof the skin and to prevent blockage of the sweat glands of the skin. In addition to thisa lot of people feel that we don’t really need a moisturiser on the skin. But if youare living in an environment like Delhi where whether is quite dry the skin tends to getdry in summers, one would need a moisturiser. However one needs to use a very light moisturiser.Perhaps a moisturiser which contains aloe vera which works very gently on the surfaceof the skin without blocking up the sweat glands of the skin. If in spite of all theseproblems you do have intractable itching you

might have an underlying medical conditionor you might have a certain skin infection which does not show up as rash on the surfaceof the skin and it is advisable to consult a dermatologist for further advice and treatmentof your underlying problems. If you have any further queries feel free to contact me mycontact details are given in the description box below.

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