The itch stops here. Learn what causes skin to itch and soothing ways to treat itchy skin.
CAN’T RESIST THE URGE TO SCRATCH YOUR ITCHY SKIN?
You’re not alone. Whether it’s from a mosquito bite, chicken pox, or a chronic skin condition like eczema or psoriasis, the urge to scratch can be overwhelming. While scratching may temporarily ease itching, too much scratching can cause breaks in the skin that may result in infection.
No amount of scratching will stop the itch from returning. If you find yourself scratching to the point of distraction, or so much that you're damaging your skin—which can allow bacteria in—you’ll need to find strategies to stop the itch. To help soothe itchy skin, experts recommend the following tips:
TRY TO AVOID THE THINGS THAT MAKE YOU ITCH
This could be wool clothing, an overly warm room, too many hot baths or exposure to harsh cleansers.
APPLY A COLD, WET CLOTH OR ICE PACK TO THE SKIN THAT ITCHES
Do this for about 5 to 10 minutes or until the itch subsides.
TAKE AN OATMEAL BATH
This can be very soothing, especially for blisters or oozing skin due to chickenpox, hives, poison ivy or sunburn.
Apply a hypoallergenic and fragrance-free moisturizer at least once a day.
USE CREAMS, LOTIONS OR GELS THAT SOOTHE AND COOL THE SKIN
If your skin is itchy and red, your doctor may recommend short-term use of a nonprescription corticosteroid cream on the affected areas.
TRY OVER-THE-COUNTER ALLERGY MEDICINE
Some of these drugs, such as diphenhydramine can make you drowsy. They might be helpful at night if your itchy skin keeps you awake.
USE A HUMIDIFIER
A humidifier may provide some relief if home heating causes the air in your home to be dry.
ITCHY SKIN TREATMENT
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