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Itching skin in legs and hands - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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User :   Hi
Doctor :   Hi
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how can i help you?
User :   I am having itchy skin during night time for last 2 days. What could be the reason? Is it due to winter?
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itching is in which area?
User :   Legs (including thighs) and hands
Doctor :  
ok
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is there any redness or inflammation?
User :   I think not much redness or inflammation
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ok
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Do you have history of Allergies/ Diabetes?
User :   I had allergy problem some time back (around 2 months back).
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allergic to what?
User :   I have noticed it as allergic to one kind of fish...
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did you consume fish in last 72hrs?
User :   No
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Do you smoke or chew tobacco/drink alcohol/Any illicit drugs
User :   no
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Have you taken/taking any medicines ?
User :   No
Doctor :  
ok
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do you moisturize your skin on a daily basis?
User :   No, I just do bath with hot water and soap (Lux International)
Doctor :  
It is suggestive of dry skin due to climatic change.
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can you tell what is your skin type?
User :   Can you please suggest few tips?
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i.e. dry or oily?
User :   dry
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yes, i will provide you with the necessary information.
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apply Emolient on your skin after bath twice a day.
User :   For how many days?
Doctor :  
Avoid the use of tap water when cleansing dry skin. The deposits are too drying on the skin.
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Dry skin needs plenty of thorough but gentle cleansing, regular stimulation with massage and generous quantities of oil and moisture.
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Washing dry skin with soap and water not only removes grime but also the natural oils protecting the skin. A moisturizer increases the water content of the outer layers of the skin and gives it a soft, moist look.
Doctor :   Use nondetergent, neutral-pH products to cleanse your skin.
User :   Which soap do you suggest?
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Follow a bath or a shower with a mild application of baby oil.
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use warm water to bath and not hot water.
User :   Can applying simple coconut oil help?
Doctor :  
greasy moisturizers work best. Avoid products with alcohol. Apply just after a bath or shower, when your skin is still damp.
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yes it will also help.
User :   Ok
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Aloe vera is soothing, healing, and moisturizing. It also helps to remove dead skin cells. Apply aloe vera gel topically on affected areas.
User :   Ok
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Calendula and comfrey have skin-softening properties. They can be used in a facial sauna or to make herbal or floral waters. Comfrey also reduces redness and soothes irritated skin.
Doctor :   A weekly sauna using the herbs chamomile, lavender, and peppermint is good for dry skin.
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Eat a balanced diet that includes vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds, and nuts. Eat quality protein from vegetable sources.
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Eat foods such as garlic, onions, eggs, and asparagus that are high in sulfur, which helps to keep the skin smooth and youthful.
Doctor :   Consume plenty of yellow and orange vegetables. These are high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant. Carrots are especially good.
User :   Thanks for suggesting many things. Finally, can you please point me to the best one to apply for the body?
Doctor :   sure
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i would like you to focus on your diet as wel as care of skin topically.
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may i finish with the diet part?
User :   sure
Doctor :  
carrots and apricots are heating foods for dry skin because they are rich in the vitamins A and C, both important for a supple, smooth skin. Eat them whole or take as fresh juices.
User :   Ok
Doctor :   milk cheese, natural plain yogurt, kefir, leafy green vegetables are also very useful.
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Drink at least 2 quarts of water every day to keep the skin well hydrated.
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Avoid fried foods, animal fats, and heat-processed vegetable oils.
User :   2 quarts means 2 litres?
Doctor :   Heating oils leads to the production of free radicals, which have a destructive effect on the skin.
Doctor :   yes
User :   Ok
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Do not drink soft drinks or eat sugar, chocolate, potato chips, or other junk foods.
Doctor :   Avoid alcohol and caffeine. These substances have a diuretic effect, causing the body and skin cells to lose fluids and essential minerals.
User :   Ok
Doctor :   Essential oils which should be used in dry skin are:lavender,rose, sandlwood,Chamomile.
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Did you follow what I said?
User :   Yes. Any thing else you would like to suggest?
Doctor :   yes like other common sense modalities like
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Get sufficient sleep as the skin's cellular repair activity is at its optimum during this resting phase.
Doctor :   Exercise benefits skin as it boosts circulation and encourages blood flow. Regular exercise will nourish and cleanse your skin from within.
User :   Ok. So, good sleep and exercise along with good diet (carrots, leafy vegetables, yogurt, etc) will help. Right?
Doctor :   yes.
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Please fill the feedback form say done when done.
User :   Please tell me the best one that I shall apply for the affected area.
Doctor :   Apply aloe vera gel topically on affected areas.
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oil your skin with the essential oil mentioned above.
User :   Ok.
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   No.
User :   Thanks for your valuable suggestions.
Doctor :   Have you filled the feedback form?
User :   Done
User :   Bye
Doctor :   hanks for consulting HealthcareMagic. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
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