If your legs are maddeningly itchy and you’ve no idea why, have a look at these possible causes.
If you’re experiencing itchy, inflamed, scaly, raised, bumpy or spotty patches on your lower legs, you may have developed late onset eczema or psoriasis.
WedMb lists possible culprits as: Allopurinol for gout, high blood pressure drugs (ACE inhibitors), Amiodarone for heart problems, diuretics, oestrogen, Hydroxyethyl cellulose, opioids and Simvastatin for high cholesterol.
This could be insect bites, itchy synthetic fabrics, laundry detergent, toiletries, grass or hay, nickel, pet hair or dust mites. Look at everything you’re putting on or next to your skin to eliminate possible causes.
Diabetes, kidney disease, thyroid function, liver disease can all make sufferers more prone to itchy legs.
Poor circulation is common in diabetics, and as we get more elderly or more sedentary; it can lead to itchy lower legs, and sometimes even blisters or sores.
Neuropathy can also be related to diabetes, and can sometimes present as itchiness, as well as numbness or pain. Always get any areas of numbness, pain or tingling checked out by your doctor, especially on the feet.
If you’re worried about unexplained itching or rashes, make an appointment with your doctor and go through the possibilities.
See our blog on the Best Natural Treatments For Diabetic Rash for more information on practical strategies for keeping skin healthy and itch-free, including a guide to which Balmonds products work best for looking after diabetic skin!
If you require medical advice we recommend you always contact your healthcare professional.
If you or someone you are caring for seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call for emergency services straight away. For general medical advice, please contact your healthcare professional, this article does not contain or replace medical advice.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.