Insulation itch is mostly caused by fiberglass insulation. It is a fluffy material which is normally pink or red in color. A quick look at it will give you the feeling that it is cotton candy pasted on paper. It is quite flexible and can be folded easily. You can use it yourself to and it helps prevent air leaks. There is a little problem with the usage of fiberglass. If you touch it, it leaves some fibrous materials on your clothes and skin which causes itching and sometimes even develops rashes. The fiber particles are extremely tiny and barely visible to the naked eyes, but they can be felt when touched. It is important that you cover your body and wear gloves before using the insulation. In case you were not aware about these precautions and now you have an itchy sensation, you can get rid of it by following these simple steps.
Brush off the fiber carefully
Once you have finished working with the insulation, step outside while you are still wearing the full attire. Do not take off the gloves and other protective clothing while you are inside. Once you are outside, brush off the particles from your clothes and hair using your hand. Remove as many particles as you possibly can. Once you have done that, remove the accessories like hats or jacket and leave it outside. In fact, you can vacuum clean your clothes to get rid of any remaining fiber particles. Now you can go indoors and slowly remove the clothing. Make sure you avoid touching the fiber particles left on your clothing.
Clean your body well
After using the insulation, make sure that you wash your face and hands well with warm water and soap. Also don’t forget to wash your arms as there may still be some fiber particles. Even if your arms were covered, it is advisable that you wash them as some particles may have found their way inside the clothing. The next thing you need to do is take a shower. Wash your body completely with water and soap. Also make sure that you clean your head. Apply some shampoo if you can so that any particles in the hair can be removed. Now dry yourself using a towel and make sure that the towel goes for laundry and not used again until it is washed.
Apply lotion or oil
Once you are done with the shower, it will be a good idea to apply a good quality body lotion to the areas that are feeling itchy. In fact, you can also apply coconut oil to the affected areas. It will relieve the itch quickly. If the itch does not get better, you can apply extra lotion or coconut oil.
Applying milk can also help
Not many people would know that milk has some healing properties too. It may not necessarily be a cure for all the ailments but in some cases it works really well. Insulation itching and rashes could be very irritating and they need to be taken care of quickly. You can use some milk to reduce the fiberglass itching. There is nothing much that you need to do. Simply apply the milk to the affected area and you will see the results in some time. If you can get unprocessed raw milk from somewhere, it will also be a great help. If you can’t get the raw milk, you can use non fat milk too.
Take cold shower
As already discussed, you need to take a shower to clean the fiber from your skin. However, discussing the type of water for this purpose would be worthwhile. Make sure that you are not taking the shower with hot or even warm water. Hot or warm water will not help lessen the itching. In fact, they will make it worse. Cold shower is best if you want to reduce the itching.
While taking shower, you can also rub the conditioner on the affected area of the skin. Conditioners also help reduce the itching.
Do not scratch it much
Although you may feel the urge to scratch the itchy area, avoid doing so. The more you will scratch the worse it will get. Instead, leave it alone and let it be. If you are feeling unbearably itchy, gently rub it instead of scratching it. If the itch does not seem to be getting reduced even after a while, it will be a good idea to keep applying some oil or lotion to it.
If nothing seems to work and the itch is unbearable, it is better that you consult a dermatologist. Your skin may be allergic to the fibers and the dermatologist may suggest never using it. Dermatologist will be able to examine your skin and suggest the right kind of medicine for the itch.