What Makes You Itch?

by
Angela Epstein
Daily Mail



AS IF ANTS
ARE CRAWLING ON YOU

PROBABLE
CAUSE:
Menopause. Changes in hormone levels can produce an itchy
skin condition called formication.

Sufferers have
the phantom sensation of insects crawling on their skin, though
it’s not clear why. One theory is that fluctuating hormone
levels may affect nerve endings in the skin.

TREATMENT:
Increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acids (found in oily fish)
can help improve skin condition, and if the skin is less dry it
may be less prone to itching, says Dr Tabi Leslie, a dermatologist
at St Thomas’ and Barnet hospitals in London.

Drinking plenty
of water to keep the skin hydrated may help reduce irritation, as

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