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What self-care things can I do to stop the itching from polycythemia vera?

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Things you can do at home to ease the itching that polycythemia vera can cause include:

  • Lower the temperature of your shower or bath, especially in winter.
  • Pat yourself dry to avoid irritating skin.
  • Use lotion to moisturize.
  • Don't scratch. It can damage your skin and increase your infection risk.

SOURCES:

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Polycythemia Vera."

Bloodwise.org: "Polycythemia Vera."

Mayo Clinic: "Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Health Care: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Library of Medicine.

CancerCare.org: "Managing Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera."

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Polycythemia Vera Fact Sheet."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 18, 2019

SOURCES:

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Polycythemia Vera."

Bloodwise.org: "Polycythemia Vera."

Mayo Clinic: "Polycythemia Vera."

University of Iowa Health Care: "Polycythemia Vera."

National Library of Medicine.

CancerCare.org: "Managing Symptoms of Polycythemia Vera."

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: "Polycythemia Vera Fact Sheet."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Polycythemia Vera.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 18, 2019

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