Contact with water can trigger aquagenic itching in some patients. We will analyze

natural remedies for aquagenic itch, its causes and official therapies.


Aquagenic itching is the skin excessive response to a substance that is normally

non-itchy, non-urticarial and non-algogenic, like water. In this disease there is

mast cells degranulation and release of vasoactive peptides, responsible for itching,

burning and pinprick-like sensation.


Sometimes you can also have aquagenic urticaria or a burning sensation of the skin

in water contact. Aquagenic itching occurs with an intense itchy reaction in the areas

with water contact. Unlike aquagenic urticaria it has not obvious skin lesions. In

addition to the ferocious itching, the patient may also experience an annoying sensation

described as pinpricks or needles in the skin. This sensation is similar to tingling caused

by an insect walking under the skin.


In minimal forms of aquagenic itching, antihistamines have little effect. Both

corticosteroids and antihistamines are not effective against the pinprick sensation.

Conversely, the use of natural remedies for aquagenic itching is effective and not

harmful. All body areas can be affected, especially after a bath or shower, even if mild

and hypoallergenic detergents are used. An aquagenic itch can even be triggered by sweat.


In some cases, aquagenic itching periodically tends to reappear, even without contact

with water, at end of summer or in autumn months. Some patients report itching so

badly that they cannot sleep at night. In aquagenic urticaria, on the other hand, disorders

occur just after contact with water.


The poor benefit obtained with use of traditional antihistamines is explained by

pruritogenic role of vasoactive peptides other than histamine (substance P, acetylcholine,

serotonin, TNF-a). Aquagenic itching can also occur after contact with water, especially in

evening and night. 


However, natural cures for aquagenic itching, extremely effective and without side

effects, are possible thanks to action of natural products like Calendula Officinalis and

Rhodiola rosea. They have anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, anti free radical action and

normalizing blood microcirculation.


There are also other natural products, like flavoproteins and coenzymes, which contribute

in a harmless way to the restoration of mast cell metabolism. They act by favoring the

correct release of vasoactive peptides, rebalancing their cell membrane and promoting

the recovery of the immune system functions.