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Why shouldn't you scratch skin that's been irritated by household cleaning products?

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No matter how much the rash itches, don't scratch. Scratching will give you a few seconds of relief, but it can make your skin even itchier and it could cause an infection. Instead of scratching, apply a gentle moisturizing cream daily to soothe the itch and protect your skin.

SOURCES:

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. 

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

National Jewish Health. 

Belsito DV. , February 2002. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Cleveland Clinic. 

Mayo Clinic.

Environmental Protection Agency.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

SOURCES:

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. 

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

National Jewish Health. 

Belsito DV. , February 2002. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Cleveland Clinic. 

Mayo Clinic.

Environmental Protection Agency.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 10, 2017

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