AQUAGENIC ITCH Natural Care
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.