Itchy hands and feet at night
Itchy hands and feet are called pruritus which can be a symptom of various conditions of the skin such as allergic rash, dermatitis and psoriasis. It causes pain, irritation and the skin becomes rough, reddened or with bumps and blisters and becomes worse at night.
Waking up in the middle of the night with itchy hands and feet can be caused by fungal infections, allergies and even dry skin. Suffering from diabetes and gout can also cause itchy feet at night.
What are the other causes?
- Psoriasis is a condition in which the skin grows rapid and accumulates on the surface of the skin
- Eczema can also cause itchy hands and feet.
- Itchy hands and feet can also be caused by a bite from a mite that causes scabies.
- Conditions such as diabetes can cause itchiness of hands and feet
- An allergic reaction to something that is eaten or touched that results to blisters and hives.
- Avoid scratching the affected area in order to help minimize making the condition worse. Keep the nails short or trimmed to help prevent scratching. Another way is wearing gloves at night while sleeping also helps prevent scratching of the area.
- Moisturize the skin on the hands and feet before going to bed helps in preventing itchiness and use a humidifier inside the room to help with the condition. Apply a moisturizer on the affected area at least once every day, especially after taking a bath while the skin is still damp. Concentrate the moisturizer on areas that causes itchiness. Use unscented and plain moisturizers to help prevent irritation of the skin.
- Avoid intense temperature to prevent drying out of the skin
- Soak the body in lukewarm bath helps in relaxing itchiness of the skin and lessen inflammation. Another way is sprinkle the water with baking soda, uncooked oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal, also helps relax the skin. Soak the body in the solution for at least 10-15 minutes only. After taking a bath, apply lotion on the skin while it is still damp and concentrate on the hands and feet.
- Apply cool or wet compress on the affected hands and feet when going to sleep at night. Cold packs or compress helps minimize itchiness and inflammation caused by pruritus by constricting flow of blood and cools the skin. Apply cold compress on the area for at least 10-15 minutes until the affected person falls asleep. If there is no ice pack available, a bag of frozen vegetable also helps with the condition.
- Wear loose and smooth pajamas to help lessen itching and prevent irritation on the skin. It also helps protect the skin from scratching.
If the itchy hands and feet are not minimized after a week and becomes more uncomfortable, seek medical help immediately.