Avoid dry skin, which will worsen itching caused by a rash. Apply a moisturizer or calamine lotion to the skin while it is damp. Dry skin may make itching worse. For more information, see the topic Dry Skin and Itching.
Avoid scratching as much as possible. Scratching leads to more scratching. Cut nails short or wear cotton gloves at night to prevent scratching.
Wear cotton or silk clothing. Avoid wearing wool and acrylic fabrics next to your skin.
Use as little soap as possible. Use gentle soaps, such as Aveeno, Cetaphil, or Dove. Avoid deodorant soaps when you have a rash.
Try washing your clothes with a mild detergent such as Cheer Free & Gentle or Ecover. Rinse twice to remove all traces of the cleaning product. Avoid strong detergents when you have a rash.
Take several breaks during the day to do a relaxation exercise, particularly before going to bed if stress appears to cause your itching or make it worse.
Sit or lie down, and try to clear your mind of distracting thoughts. Concentrate on relaxing every muscle in your body, starting with your toes and going up to your head.