Dry Itching Skin Solutions.

Dry Itching Skin Solutions

Believe me, I understand that feeling. It is more than just dry skin. It is an itching sensation that can drive you a little bit batty at times. One of the symptoms of liver disease is skin problems. You may notice dryness, scaling, itching, redness, and welts. When the Hepatitis C Virus is burdening your liver, your skin is definitely going to need some relief. That relief can come in many forms. From prescriptions to laundry soap, I’ve got a list for you!

Dealing with the non-stop itch

My doctor gave me a salve while on HCV treatment. My face had been peeling for years, but on the drugs, it even got a bit scabby. Uck! I felt ugly during those times. I loved having a prescription for Triamcinolone 0.1%. I would hoard the stuff and use little teeny amounts of it only when I was about to climb the wall. it is a steroid cream. It is meant to be used for eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. It can come in handy when you’re living with Hepatitis C or liver disease also. It is especially good for those areas on your face where the redness and peeling really shows.

I was really trying to save money at one point. After trying this cream and that cream, I had a cabinet filled with stuff that didn’t work. I totally became a medicine woman and made my own too! I’m going to list everything that worked for my sensitive skin. These are the tried and true products that didn’t irritate my skin or dry it out any further.

Solutions for dry itchy skin

Take warm showers instead of a hot bath. When your muscles and joints are achy, a long hot bath sounds good. You may end up regretting it if your skin dries out even more. After your shower, while your skin is still slightly moist, gently rub some soothing lotion into your skin. This is a good time to walk around in the buff for a bit. Give your skin some air and allow the lotion to soak in before you get dressed.

I am not endorsing any particular product. I used store brands and name brands. If I was near the kitchen, I would get a spoonful of coconut or olive oil out. Just be careful about standing in the kitchen in the buff if there are other people in the house.

If you try to avoid perfumes in lotion and soaps, take warning: They can have a funky odor. Some brands of non-scented are better than others. Sniff in the store to be sure.

  • Olive oil – is always inexpensive, always available and always safe. No allergy flare ups.
  • Coconut oil – is a luxury that is worth it during the dry months of winter.
  • Eucerin – Lotion or cream that is thick and slightly sticky. It will never cause irritation and is always soothing.
  • Aveeno – is good in the bath and lotions are nice too.
  • Gold Bond – An old school favorite that is easy on the pocket book.

Use perfume and dye free detergents and fabric softeners too. It can help reduce dryness and prevent itchiness.

Here is available all the way from a prescription that your doctor can order to laundry soap. Sometimes, the best creams are already in your house. Others can be bought a a discount store. Getting rid of the Hepatitis C Virus is the first step in stopping dry itchy skin in it’s tracks.

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  • mommabear62
    3 months ago

    My allergist recommends aquaphor and eucerin … my severe itching started last summer and has been driving me crazy. Im not actually certain when or how i got hep-c, but as i say the severe itching started then.

    Ive already had most of the scans and blood work done, now im having the fibro scan done next week. Hopefully after that we can start the treatment process.

    Thanks for all the awesome suggestions and ideas. Ill be sure to keep you all updated on what works

  • Karen Hoyt moderator author
    3 months ago

    I used aquaphor and Eucerin a lot too before and during treatment. The more liquid you can drink, like water, th better too. So glad to hear that youre getting ready for treatment Once you are free of the virus, you can see relief pretty fast!
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Xo Karen

  • mommabear62
    3 months ago

    Im excited about my soon coming treatment also. This itching is really getting out of hand. Ive also read from the papers that i received from our district, that even when i get my hep-c cured persay, in 10-20 yrs i still can get liver chirrosis? Which scares me more than having hep c itself.

    I plan on living til im 103 yrs old, this disease is not going to destroy me. Thats why i respect whoever created thus blog/website. For all us to support each other no matter if we are depressed, sad, scared etc
    We are connected…

  • Lauren Tucker moderator
    3 months ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your kind words about your site mommabear62. We are glad we can have a safe space for our members to share their experience and support each other. Please reach out to us anytime. We are connected and we are here for YOU! Best, Lauren (HepatitisC.net Team)

  • mellafly
    7 months ago

    I use to take hydroxyzine to take away the severe itching and red welts from my body. The welts would even be on my feet, but hydroxyzine was the only thing I could take that would relieve me completely of all the itching! I’m thankful that I don’t have that kind of skin condition to go through. Now I have a rash in the middle of my lower back that is purplish in color and it gets very itchy at times.

  • Karen Hoyt moderator author
    6 months ago

    It sounds like the welts are gone and I’m glad it worked for you. Mostly, it’s great that the welts are gone now.
    I’m wondering about a rash in your lower back. Have you shown it to your doctor? Could it be a deep bruise? I’m just curious. Sometimes a bruise can be a little itchy as it’s healing. Rubbing it or scratching will feel tender to the touch.
    xo Karen

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