asked in Others+Miscelleneous by ELITE (3,548 points) 3 7 11
We are in the harmattan season at the moment and it's causing me serious itches on some part of my body. 

How do I make it to stop?

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answered by VISIONARY (9,003 points) 6 10 19
Yea, it's that time of the year in Nigeria where cold can highly be experienced and the leaves turns brown and looks very dry. I just like the harmathan  weather maybe because it comes once in a year and one just have to relish it then.
I have never experienced itching during the harmathan season which boils down to individual differences,I think I notuced my itches on the skin when I bathe rain water which I have stopped using it to bath. So for you, you should really find out the root cause of the itches, do you stay bare body which the body might react to the weather then you cover up or you avoid getting out so early I think that's even the harmathan weather is very high. But if it becoming very serious after protecting your body then see a doctor.
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answered by ELITE (3,642 points) 6 8 14
It really frustrating when the weather is keep changing and our body and skin are too. This happen if you are not immune to the weather. If you experience really itching all over your body, try to think if you are using harsh soap and eliminate this one. Use naturally made soap from natural oils especially lavender and tea tree oil. Use moisturizing lotion after having a shower and reminder don't used hot water, this will harm your skin. Use warm water and for the last shower use cold water to close your pores.  Always have moisturizer with you because too mich dry skin can cause irritation and itchy. Avoid chemical products as it may worsen your skin condition. You may soak in oatmeal bath for few minutes, oatmeal's are good for skin problems.
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answered by ELITE (3,091 points) 2 6 11
No doubt, every season comes with its problems and understanding your body system and in accordance with your adaptation. Some peralot enjoys this harmattan season a lot that they wouldn't wwant it to go. Also, some person enjoys the summer season with heat because harmattan season always cause them much sickness. In your own case; you are having itches in your skin courtesy of the change in weather. I suspect you have dry skin type. And it might be the cause, another cause of such itches is, due to the kind of cream you are using in the period, also the kind of water (hot, cold or warm), and even  the kind of treatment you give to your environment and water.
So I suggest or prescribe that you stop using sponch to bath and even try to change your soup to an antiseptic, also using a better cream. You can also make sure that your skin never goes dry. Using extremely hot water to bath could be the cause of the itching to. Just make do with warm water instead. Watch it for two weeks first.
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answered by Patron (1,544 points) 2 6 13
I know that harmattan comes with series of skin conditions like cracked lips,dry skin,red eyes ,itching and so on..

This things are inevitable.. Itching could also be due to other things like eczema,hives, shingles,psoriasis or it could be a sign of contagious disease like scabies or ringworm.To help soothe itchy skin,the following tips are recommended by dermatologists:

Apply cold,wet cloth or ice pack to the to the skin that itches.Do this for about 10minutes or until the itching subsides

You may take an oatmeal bath..

Moisturize your skin after bath.Choose a moisturizer free of additives, fragrances and perfumes

Apply topical anesthetics that contain pramoxine

Apply cooling agents such as menthol or calamine
While treating your skin,avoid scratching. This can irritate your skin and increase your risk of skin infection

To help prevent itching, follow the following tips

Bath with lukewarm water not hot water and limit your shower to 10 minutes

Always use "fragrance free" moisturizers,soaps,and detergents to minimize irritation

Apply medications before moisturizing,then apply moisturizers to every part of your skin including areas treated with medication

Wear loose fitting cotton clothes.Wool and other rough feeling fabrics can irritate your skin

Reduce stress,because stress can  make your itch worse

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