What is Itchy Skin?
Itchy skin, no matter which part of the body you get it, can be quite annoying and sometimes even alarming. Many different things can cause the itching, and sometimes the best thing to do is to make sure that the irritation does not spread or cause more damage. Some parts of the skin tend to be more susceptible to itching, especially those areas that have thin skin. The skin around the eyes, in particular, is very sensitive. Itching in this area has become quite commonplace we all tend to scratch the eye area a few times a day! Even the smallest smidgen of dust can lead to scratching and irritation, which is why we have to always protect not just the skin around the eye area, but also the eyes themselves.
Why does Skin Become Itchy?
A lot of people suffer from itchy skin around the eyes for many different reasons it could be because the weather is changing, symptom of an allergic reaction or maybe a reaction from an irritant that got into the eye. From something as seemingly innocuous as getting a bit of dirt in your eyes, having your eyelash poke the eye, having a symptom of an illness or even just as a force of habit the simple fact that having itchy eyes can be caused by a lot of different things!
What are Associated Signs and Symptoms of Itching?
As previously mentioned, having itchy skin around the eyes can be caused by a lot of things, so naturally, there are innumerable signs and symptoms that are associated with itching. On a basic level, the itching of, and around the eyes are preceded by a burning sensation of this area. This happens if any irritants get in contact with the eyes and its surrounding areas.
How is the Cause of Itching Diagnosed?
Given the fact that there are a lot of different causes of eye itchiness, diagnosing the cause and condition of itchy eyes can be a daunting task. However, there are a number of things that you can do. When you feel your eyes starting to itch, avoid scratching it rinse your eyes with water or apply cold compress on the affected area. If the itch is nothing more than a mild irritation, then it should go away in about an hour or less.
Monitor the itching see how often it happens and the extent of the irritation. If you feel that the itching is getting worse, then you should see an ophthalmologist or a dermatologist. An ophthalmologist can help you identify what is causing the eye irritation, which leads to itchy eyes, while a dermatologist can give you information on what type of skin condition you might have and advice on how to deal with it.
What Care and Treatment Measures Should be taken for Itchy Skin Around the Eyes?
In my opinion, because it is quite hard to identify the cause of itchiness in the eye area, that it’s best to take preventive measures against getting itchiness and irritation in the eyes and the surrounding area.
The first thing to do is to make sure to keep the eye area clean and hygienic. Always be careful about the products (particularly makeup) that you apply on the area, as certain ingredients in these products might be too harsh. Be vigilant about the shelf life of these products too! Make sure to throw them out when the product is expired, even if you’ve only used a small amount out of the entire product. For those who use contact lenses, make sure to keep your lenses clean and fresh. Old and dried out contact lenses tend to irritate the eyes a lot, which leads to itching and irritation. Also, make sure to regularly change your bed linens regularly, as failing to do might contribute to the itchiness around your eyes.
If the eyes do itch from time to time (as it will, unavoidably), do not make it worse by scratch the irritated area. This will only make things worse, and the itchiness and irritation might take much longer.
Although the itchiness of and around the eye area seems quite simple and commonplace, you should monitor these episodes, as they might be a symptom of an underlying condition that you might have. Take not of when, how often and the pain levels that you go through when you go through and episode of eye itch. If you think that it happens quite regularly, then you should go to an eye doctor or a dermatologist to have your symptoms assessed. A trip to your dermatologist will ideally help you get to the bottom of your skin condition, and will give you creams or medication to help you deal with the itchiness, depending on the cause, of course!