How to Stop Skin Itching All Over (Breathe-Easy Exercise)
There is a simple breathing exercise "How to stop itching all over" explained below and three crucial steps that are shown on the diagram below.
Most cases of itching and even itching all over body are not life-threatening. However, if you have serious additional symptoms such as difficulty breathing or dyspnea, swelling of the face, tongue, lips, or mouth you may have anaphylaxis and require immediate medical attention.
First of all, it is important to avoid skin irritation and chronic inflammation caused by allergic reactions. Note that some allergic reactions (to food, synthetic clothes, laundry detergents, physical contact with various materials, and so on) can be hard to notice due to their sluggish expression and time delay that can last up to several hours before these triggers cause itching all over.
Why is this exercise "How to stop itching" so successful? This is because this respiratory exercise addresses the key cause of itching all over: breathing too much air. Common triggers and causes of itching all over include those factors that intensify breathing or make your breathing faster and deeper, such as stress, anxiety, panic, overeating, mouth breathing, overheating, talking too much, sighing, coughing, sleep, and many others.
People with normal body-O2 levels do not have problems with itching all over. However, when our breathing is above the norm, we suffer from low body O2 and overexcited nerve cells and a hypersensitive immune system.
Itching all over body and allergies can appear only when one's body and brain O2 levels are less than 20 seconds. The normal value for the DIY body-oxygen test is 40 seconds. Tissue hypoxia and hypocapnia (CO2 deficiency) is caused by ineffective breathing (too fast and heavy breathing) at rest. Overbreathing makes the nerve cells irritable and the immune system hypersensitive (see the links to medical studies below). Additional causes of low body and brain O2 and CO2 values are chest breathing (causing lower blood oxygenation) and mouth breathing (leading to increased losses of CO2 blood levels).
How to Stop Itching All Over (Breathe-Easy Exercise)
Pinch your nose and start walking fast. (Your mouth should be closed all the time). You need to get more CO2 in the blood to dilate arteries and arterioles (CO2 is the most potent dilator of arteries and arterioles) and pacify nerve cells (CO2 is a sedative of nerve cells).
You will probably make about 15-25 steps. While walking, you should hold your breath until you get a strong desire to breathe. Afterwards, sit down on a chair with your spine straight. After you release your nose, start reduced breathing (breathing about 20-30% less air than before this exercise). How would you do that? Instead of taking your usual big and deep inhalations, take a smaller inhalation and using the diaphragm only (see the graph below). Then relax all muscles for an exhalation. Repeat the cycle: make another short inhalation and again just relax to exhale. Practice this reduced breathing while remaining relaxed.
Your purpose is to maintain air hunger (a shortage of air) for 1-2 minutes with total relaxation of body muscles.
If your skin gets itchy all over again (i.e., in 30-60 minutes), then you should increase your body O2 using the same breathing exercise and lifestyle changes.
Stop itching all over body during sleep at night
You need to lie on your left side or chest and relax all bodily muscles (Sleeping sitting causes less problems with a runny nose.) Pinch your nose and follow the same instructions as above but without walking.
The same breathing exercise will help you to fall asleep much faster too. For better sleep and less problems with itch, you may need additional lifestyle ideas (see the links below).
Stop itching all over for good
Over 120 Soviet and Russian MDs tested and cured thousands of people with different skin conditions such as eczema, neurodermitis, and many others, who commonly suffer from problems with itching all over body. They found that:
- If your body-O2 test results are over 30 s all the time, your immune system will be much stronger, and you will not suffer from nearly any skin problem. (Only psoriasis may still occur in some people at this body O2 level.)
- If, in addition to the previous condition, you avoid your allergic triggers for about 2 months, your immune system can get desensitized to allergic triggers. Therefore, you can get rid of itching all over and all your allergies (to tree pollen, cat proteins and other triggers).
Here are more details about stop itching all over for good (or clinical effects of the Buteyko breathing method on skin conditions).
Related web pages:
How to Tape Mouth at Night - Mouth taping technique to prevent mouth breathing during sleep
Mouth vs. Nose Breathing - Medical review of main physiological effects
Sleep Positions Medical Research (26 studies - What is the best way to sleep for maximum body oxygenation?
How to Prevent Sleeping on One's Back - Practical techniques and permanent solutions
Internet Lies About Ideal Sleep Positions - Over 90% of internet resources advice sleeping on one's back, which worsens itching all over.
Reference pages: Breathing norms and the DIY body oxygen test:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
References: pages about CO2 effect:
- Vasodilation: CO2 expands arteries and arterioles facilitating perfusion (or blood supply) to all vital organs
- The Bohr effect: How and why oxygen is released by red blood cells in body tissues
- Nerve stabilization: Carbon dioxide has powerful calmative and sedative effects on brain neurons and nerve cells
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