5 Most Popular Itchy Skin Treatment Options

Itchy Skin

While scratching will always be the go-to remedy for itchy skin all over, scratching that which itches you is not always a great idea. Exploring other options to treat your itchy skin without grinding up against tree trunks, or begging your roommate for some scratch relief because you “just can’t reach it” is probably a better idea.

1. Find & Identify: The first question that must be asked to tackle your itchy skin is whether or not you have an underlying disease that is causing you grief. Identifying and treating any illnesses that can be problematic is the first suggestion.

2. More Cream Please: Corticosteroid creams control itching and soothe affected areas. When applied to rashes and itchy skin bumps, the area will begin to stop to itch after just a short time. Dress the region with damp cloths or moist paper towels. Applying these helps the cream to be absorbed into the skin.

3. And you smell great too: Itchy armpits? Change your deodorant. And, take a look at your other household products as well. Could you be allergic to them? Don’t let the source of your itchy skin be something as simple as a new deodorant or dryer sheet. Think of what you have tried lately that is new, and revert back to old products that didn’t cause skin reactions if necessary.

4. Itchy skin no rash: Oral antihistamines are great for controlling hives and allergic reactions to environmental triggers like cats or grass, both of which can lead to itchy skin. Not all allergens create a visible rash, although skin discomfort persists. Oral medications purchased over the counter are perfect at combating these times of skin intrusions.

5. Make it stop immediately: Short term, fast relief is hard to find for itching, but products containing benzocaine or lidocaine can greatly reduce discomfort instantly. Watch for adverse side effects with these products though, and before applying it to all of your itchy skin, spot test to make sure you don’t have a yucky reaction. If you don’t want to opt for either of these, try a soothing product with menthol or camphor.

Masking the cause of itch without finding the underlying factors can be hazardous. Treating of itchy skin should be symptomatic only, and shouldn’t replace consultation with a physician. However, treating the itching on your skin’s surface can prevent excessive scratching, bleeding, and possible infection.