Itching Relief - Topic Overview
Home remedies may relieve itching.
To relieve itching
Avoid further contact with whatever you suspect is causing the itching.
Keep the itchy area cool and wet. Apply a
washcloth that has been soaked in ice water, or get in a cool tub or
shower. But remember that repeated wetting and drying will actually dry your skin.
Avoid taking a hot shower or bath. Keep the water as cool as you can tolerate.
Add a handful of oatmeal (ground to a powder) to your bath. Or you can try an oatmeal bath product, such as Aveeno.
Apply a paste of baking soda mixed with
If any of these home remedies make the itching worse, stop
To keep itching from getting worse
You may be able
to prevent itching from getting worse.
Stay out of the sun and in a cool place. Heat
Use as little soap as possible. If you use soap, use a gentle one, such as Dove, Oil of Olay, or
Basis. Avoid using strong soaps and deodorant soaps around blisters or a
Try a cool, saltwater compress. To make the solution for the
compress, use 2 tsp of salt in
1 qt (1 L) of cool water. Wet a
washcloth with the solution and apply the cloth to your skin.
Avoid dry skin, which will worsen itching. Apply a moisturizer or calamine lotion to the skin while it is damp. For more information, see the topic
Dry Skin and Itching.
Wear cotton or silk clothing. Avoid wearing wool and acrylic fabrics next to your skin.
Try washing your clothes with a mild detergent such as Cheer Free and 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.
For more information, see the topic Stress Management.
Don't scratch. Scratching leads to more
itching and may cause a skin infection to develop. Cut nails short or wear cotton gloves at night
to prevent scratching. Put mittens or cotton socks on the hands of babies and
young children to prevent scratching.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 14, 2014
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