Irritating Pain in Skin

Skin | Dermatology | Irritating Pain in Skin (Symptom)


Irritation or exacerbation, in biology and physiology, is a state of inflammation or painful reaction to allergy or cell-lining damage. A stimulus or agent which induces the state of irritation is called an irritant. Irritants are typically thought of as chemical agents (for example phenol and capsaicin) but mechanical, thermal (heat), and radiative stimuli (for example ultraviolet light or ionising radiations) can also be irritants. Irritation also has non-clinical usages referring to bothersome physical or psychological pain or discomfort.


Any number of problems could cause a sore and blister to appear on the skin, from a boil to an outbreak of shingles. Friction can cause irritated areas and blisters as well; wearing athletic equipment such as shoulder pads or other clothing that rubs against your skin could cause a sore and blister.

Diagnosis and Treatment

To avoid skin irritation, sunscreen and insect repellent to prevent burns and bites should be used. Dry skin is more prone to irritation therefore keeping skin moisturized will avoid it.

Cosmetics should be kept in the clear as makeup and skin care products can trigger irritated skin. Being aware of health conditions that can cause irritated skin will help avoiding them. Certain diseases and conditions can cause skin irritation. Some can be cleared up, while others, such as eczema and psoriasis, will flare up and go into remission repeatedly for years.

Irritated skin with unknown cause can stem from a medical condition, such as liver or kidney disease, should be treated by a medical professional.