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How can you treat itchy hands and feet?

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Ointments, creams, and lotions can help when dry skin is to blame. If those don’t keep you from scratching, talk to your doctor to figure out what’s right for you.

An allergic reaction may need antihistamines or corticosteroids, whether over-the-counter or prescribed by your doctor. Some products treat scabies by killing the mites on your body. Skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema often require a more detailed treatment plan.

Whatever the cause, don’t just put up with the itch. You’re at a greater risk of infection if you scratch too much.

From: Why Do My Hands and Feet Itch? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers About Psoriasis.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Psoriasis,” “Psoriasis: Signs and symptoms,” “Types of Eczema.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Atopic Dermatitis.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Scabies.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Scabies - General Information - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).”

American Diabetes Association: “Skin Complications.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Contact Dermatitis: Signs and Symptoms.”

American Family Physician: “What Can I Do for Dry, Itchy Skin?”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on January 11, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers About Psoriasis.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Psoriasis,” “Psoriasis: Signs and symptoms,” “Types of Eczema.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Atopic Dermatitis.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Scabies.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Scabies - General Information - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).”

American Diabetes Association: “Skin Complications.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Contact Dermatitis: Signs and Symptoms.”

American Family Physician: “What Can I Do for Dry, Itchy Skin?”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on January 11, 2017

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