Itchy Legs – Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

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Itchy legs can be embarrassing at times especially if you are out in a meeting or spending time out with someone important in your life. There are various causes that can lead to itchy legs. Some of the common causes of itchy legs and treatment are listed below.

1. One of the reasons of having itchy legs which is common could be dry skin. Dryness of skin can be due to using soaps which don’t have moisturizer, can be genetic one, dehydration, taking a hot shower, not taking proper nutrition and old age symptoms.

Prevention can be done by hydrating yourself by drinking lots of water everyday, applying a good moisturizer after bath and avoid going out in sun without an umbrella.

2. Some people are not in a habit of maintaining a proper hygiene, sweat and dust can lead to bacterial growth and thus skin becomes itchy.

Prevention can be done by taking shower daily preferably with lukewarm water and using soaps which has moisturizer.

3.      Cholinergic Urticaria is due to allergy are the red swollen bumps on the skin.     Running, walking or taking hot shower can lead to Cholinergic Urticaria.Some times people allergic to sweat.

To prevent Cholinergic Urticaria you need to avoid taking hot shower, take     lukewarm shower, don’t run when you have itching and wear well fitted clothes no tight fitting. Take histamines if the itching continues.

4.      Folliculitis occurs due to bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and is the infection of hair follicles which is red and itchy on thighs or butts. Occurs mostly among athletes as they wear tight fitting clothes. Itching goes away in few days if proper hygiene is maintained.

Treatment can be done by using anti bacterial soaps or ointments.

5.      Chicken bumps or Keratosis Pilarisis is thickening of hair follicles on thighs, upper arm or any other part of your body and is hereditary in nature and are itchy. However bumps go away after but can occur again.

6.      Leg Itch in Unfit Runners happens to those who start running after a long time as

The itching starts soon after they start running. This is said due to the fact that the arteries have to open fast due to increase in the demand of blood. The itching goes away soon after proper training.

7.      Leg itch after shower is due to taking bath with hot shower, may be due to cholinergic urticaria, and skin disease like dermatitis, blood diseases or psychological reasons.

Prevention and treatment can be done by taking bath with lukewarm water, use of moisturizing creams and use of antihistamines.

8.      Tinea crusis  occurs in inner thighs highs, genitals or buttocks, often found in athletes and is a fungal infection.

Treatment is done by using antifungal medicines. Itchy pants syndrome happens by wearing synthetic pants which May itch.Prevention is done by wearing cotton pants.

9.      Gravitational Eczema is swollen itchy skin on lower legs found in people suffering from varicose veins.

Treatment can be done by using Corticosteroid ointment and avoid standing for long hours.

10.  Restless leg syndrome occurs when legs itch when at rest and it disturbs your sleep. It can be rectified by going for a small walk. Alcohol and caffeine should be avoided in such cases.




  1. I had itchy legs and it was miserable. Eventually, through experimentation the cause and a solution was found. The cause was chemical irritation from soaps and shampoo. The solution was to prevent them from contacting the skin on my lower legs by wrapping plastic around them and allowing NO chemicals to touch them. Preventing the chemical contact eliminated the problem once and for all.

  2. Hello, a few years ago I had a microscopic parasite that made my legs itchy so when it happened again I went to my Doctor but he told me there were no holes so it was probably an allergic reaction, he gave me a cream that helped a little but didn’t stop it.
    I searched the net and someone said it might be due to something in bread so I stopped eating bread, then I stopped cakes and even schnitzel and crumbed fish, this did help but I still had it sometimes.
    Finally I searched the net again and found it can be caused by lack or water, I realized I had been drinking a lot more coffee so I cut back the coffee and drank more water and it has stopped, my legs finally don’t itch and I can eat bread again.
    It is simple to test and it worked for me so I hope it helps you because I do understand how this can drive you crazy.

  3. Hey guys I hope your suggestion gone help me, I’m dying my legs are itching especiall when I’m in a bed trying to sleep I dnt knw the caause

  4. Amanda Kahler says:

    If you don’t have any dermatological problems (like eczema), then you can try the following:

    Drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated will prevent your skin from getting to dry. You could even go as far as getting a humidifier in your bedroom to moisturize the air (cold season does a lot of damage to your skin).

    Benadryl is something you can take when your feet feel itchy. This will help to alleviate the itching but it will also cut down on the inflammation. (there is inflammation even though you probably don’t notice it). You could use the hydrocortisone cream (best when refigerated) too but you will end up using a lot to cover your legs.

    Moisturize your skin all the time. After you take a bath or shower you can add baby oil to your skin, some say putting the baby oil in the hot tube works as well. If you get zits and stop doing this and just use regular moistuizer, but definitely use something.

    You can stop shaving for a while..The razor irritates the already dry skin causing it to burn…and it will burn more when moisturizer is applied. I would stop shaving legs temporarily until you notice the moisture staying in your skin and the itching subsiding.

    If you follow all of these steps.. you should have skin like a baby’s toosh in no time!

  5. I have really itchy legs after a shower I don’t know why
    It drives me crazy. I think having a sort shower and after the
    Shower rinse your legs under the cold water for 15 secs each leg. It really helped my bro. So I hope it helps some on out there

  6. I had severe itching too the point i had sored all over my legs and would wake up itching. I tried everything nothing worked. Finally i started losing weight and started cutting out carbs. Since i have discovered gluten tends to be the culprit . Have not only stopped itching but overall feel better and have lost 20 lbs.

  7. i get itching on my legs not at all times i do scratch but find not comfortable it had started now 3- 4 days before only. i amm0rsf

  8. Stop using hot water to shave, bathe in or shower in. Also there is a new medicine on the market called triCam. It works wonders!!!

  9. I do have eczema sadly and the itchy tights and legs don’t help the situation. None of the recommenced prescriptions help, been advised to stick to cotton but I can’t be wearing cotton for the rest of my life! I need help please

  10. i had an itchy foreskin, i enjoyed touching it from time to time but sometimes i had to scratch when i was with my work friends. So i went to a doctor and he sliced it off. now when it itches i just go somewhere private and open the jar and scratch it.

  11. try selsun blue dandruff shampoo just a smidge on your legs ….it works

  12. I have been itching now for a few days and I am miserable. I dont know what on earth is wrong with me and I am crying out of frustration due to it. I am going to try to stop drinking coffee and eatig carbs to see if it helps. I have been using anti itching cream whiich helps a little but I need it so much I am going through tubes. I will also buy some antihistamines. I will keep you informed if it gets better but right now I am feeling suicidel. I to stop. i am 26. I have never had anythig like this before. There is no rash. Just itching mainly on my upper thighs.

  13. I have had itchy legs for a year now. Tried hydrocortizone creams and am taking an antihistamine every day. The hydrocortizone cream worked for a while but doesn’t releive itch at all now. I have to get up at night and apply a cold cloth and sometimes even take a cold pack to bed. It is driving me crazy with not enough sleep. It settles down a bit early morning. Have been to Dr and skin specialist but no result. You would think with the advances in medicine today there would be a cure!

  14. This is driving me crazy. If I put cream on , if I use a plain moiturising soap, drink more water, cut the carbs etc I STILL ITCH even if I take allergy tablets I just itch. Not all the time but a little too often. I feel like taking a scissors and skinning myself. ITS DRIVING ME INSANE.

  15. I had itchey legs below the knee so bad I was going crazy. I tried everything I found on the web and by doctors without any relief. One night while taking a shower I tried running hot water on them and it felt great. The hotter the better. I got a hand held shower head and it works great. Findly some relief. In the beginning I would have to run the hot water on then 2 to 4 times a day. It just about cured now. I don’t know what the problem was but after trying all tinds of creams and Rx, the HOT WATER has been my savior. I pray this will help everbody. It surely can’t hurt to try. GooD LUCK to all,
    Bob C.

  16. My calves have been itching for years! I have scratch marks and scars its ugly. Dont know what to do. Ill try some of the suggestions. But no bread? Noooooooooo!

  17. Thanks bob, I too found the hot shower works from 4-6 hrs. Is it possible that it is an iron defeciancy or borderline diabetes, it has got to be an underlying medical problem. Have you researched this area?

  18. i’m 26, like Naomi. and my scratch marks are getting worse by the day. Why don’t we try supplying our ages to see if this stuff is not some normal stage-developmental synptom…i mean like the identity crisis or the devastating libido upsurge of teenage

  19. Had itchey legs for several years, especially at night when trying to go to sleep.. Asked many med. docs. And they all seemed to glaze over with no answer. Tried many things.. Was using Wisk soap to wash clothes. I switched to Arm & Hammer. Haven,t had a problem since.. Going on two months..hope this helps because its a terrible affliction

  20. I have this problem, and Comfrey ointment or oil works wonders, and also helps heal skin damaged by scratching.

  21. I suffered same problem long time, used Telfast 180 tablets for 7 days before sleep and Betnovate-C cream 2 times a day,. morning and evening, and all healed. I had to shave the itching parts of my leg so the cream can work better.

  22. My tip is try holding a thoroughly frozen ice brick against the skin – for me, I found that this completely kills the itch where the skin is in direct contact with the brick, and substantially soothes the surrounding area. I’ve had severe itching problems coming and going for over 20 years now, including outbreaks of acute patches of excema, but only this summer did it occur to me to try ice, and it was a revelation! Going to bed armed with a few of these bricks actually allowed sleep. The bricks come in many sizes and shapes, and my own experience was that direct contact worked best (without wrapping them in anything).

    Should also mention, I had hepatitis once, and the one thing that helped with the truly insane itching that brought was liberal application of pinetarsol (a pine tar product that smells foul but actually helps). Best of luck with it.

  23. I’v had this problem most my adult life, now at age 61 since a hip replacement. I needed to wear compression stockings.
    with moisturizing cream or gel and have not been bothered again.
    I too dug holes in my skin for years. Night time was the worst.
    This works

  24. Hotensia says:

    hey guy i have lots of spots on my two legs and i tried every medication but i found them to be so expensive so i searched the net and saw a natural way to do so is by using “lemon”.i did that but recently my legs have become so dry and itchy though the spot are i damaging my skin?

  25. Kindly recommend any sort of Creal/Lotion
    for itchey legs,,,having it for a month now…
    help me…………..thanks aelvaa

  26. I wonder if most of you are suffering from yeast overgrowth. You can do some research to find symptoms usually cravings for sugar, itchy ears, and dry skin. They have cleanses for this. Floracor- GI is one I have taken.

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