While dealing with itchy hands and feet during the day can be somewhat tolerable, having to cope with this at night can be so bad that it keeps you from a good night’s sleep. When someone tells you they have skin that is itchy, we immediately think that individual is suffering from a skin ailment such as dermatitis, or that they have a skin rash. Oddly enough, we can experience itching feet but show no signs of a rash or blisters on the skin itself. The only redness we seem to experience are the marks left by scratching. So how does one explain having itchy feet that are irritating, yet show no sign of a rash?
Cholestatis – It’s hard to ignore constantly itching feet that occurs both day and night. Cholestasis may just be the cause of your itchy, burning feet at night. It is a condition which can interfere with how the bile from the liver flows. To make sure food is digested properly, a digestive enzyme called bile helps in breaking down the fats of the food we ingest. The production of bile is the responsibility of the liver. Bile is produced in the liver which then moves the bile onward to another organ called the gallbladder. The gallbladder is located just below the liver. From here the gallbladder will direct the bile into the intestines which allows it to start the digestive process.
These organs are connected through our bile ducts, tubes that allow the passage of the bile to move from the liver and on to the intestines. Sometimes the liver is not able to transfer the bile to the intestines. This can be caused by a variety of reasons. Bile ducts may develop tumors, which creates an obstruction. Liver ailments such as pancreatitis or the narrowing of the bile ducts are also reasons. Someone who is suffering from cholestatis will show an extreme rise in the bile levels in their blood. This occurs when those same blocked ducts start to stimulate the liver, causing the liver to shift the bile straight into the blood stream.
Scabies – When the mite, Sarcoptes scabiei burrows into the upper layers of an individual’s skin, it produces a parasitic skin infection called scabies. Once burrowed, these loathsome parasites will choose to remain beneath the skin. And once they are there they start to lay their eggs which will then lead to their incubation and reproduction. One of the most common complaints of scabies sufferers is that uncontrollable urge to frequently scratch the skin that is infected. Scabies is characterized by the formation of burrow marks which are raised lines that develop from the point of entry to where the mite came to rest. These burrows make the skin feel extremely itchy. It is also likely that a rash will develop along these burrow marks. When this reddish itchy skin rash has developed on one’s feet, it tends to create enough discomfort that an individual will find it hard to sleep. The most common areas for a scabies infection to take place are on the hands, elbows, and the soles of the feet.
Poor Blood Circulation – Issues with one’s blood circulation has also been known to cause very itchy feet when laying down at night. This happens when the flow of blood to the hands and feet has become inadequate. When we lay down, the issue can be exacerbated and lead to an intense feeling of itchiness. The complaint of having itchy legs can also be linked to poor blood circulation.
Diabetes – Patients who suffer from diabetes have also complained of having very itchy feet at night. It’s been proven that those with diabetes are prone to these type of conditions. A diabetes sufferer is also at a higher risk for developing bacterial and fungal skin infections than individuals who have normal blood sugar levels. The lower legs are generally where itching occurs without a rash. This has been linked to problems with blood circulation as well.