Q. Every time I exercise on treadmill,my legs are itching. How do I prevent this?

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 07, 2015 and last reviewed on: Mar 15, 2023

Hi doctor,

Every time I exercise on the treadmill, my legs are blushing and itching. So, that is stopping me from exercising. What is wrong and what can I do to prevent this?



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I want to assure you not to worry as everything is going to be fine if proper care and treatment is opted in for. I have thoroughly gone through your case and understand your genuine health concerns.

The Probable causes:

This is a very common problem for a lot of treadmill users doing cardio exercises.
The main issue is the sensitivity of the skin. It looks very simple but I found this fact after a research on 150 people of different ages and with different health status, but with the same issue of blushing and itching on the legs while using the treadmill.

Dry skin in the legs.
Wearing tight clothes/jeans or trousers while exercising on the treadmill.
Wearing tight and above ankle socks.

Treatment plan:

1. Wear cotton-only trousers (100% cotton; not mixed with any synthetic fiber).
2. It is better to wear ankle socks compared to above ankle socks.
3. Wax properly and timely on the legs and apply Eucerin cream (extra dry treatment lotion) on the legs especially when doing the treadmill.
4. There must be a proper ventilation in the room where you do the treadmill.
5. Keep a judicious supply of water to avoid dehydration.
6. You need to keep a good and healthy diet full of vitamins, minerals and fluids (vegetables, salads, fruits, salmon fish, nuts, dry fruits).
7. Avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, beverages, energy drinks, etc.
8. It is possible that you may still feel itching and redness for the first couple of days, so it is better to take tablet Cetirizine 1 hour before workout. And apply Hydrocortisone cream if you feel that the redness is not going away on its own after an hour of completing workout .

In a few days you will not get the problem anymore.

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