How to Stop an Itchy Wound

Written by amy davidson
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Proper healing of a wound is important to keep your body healthy and free of infection. However, waiting for the wound to heal can be a long process, made even more difficult by itchiness around the wound. There are some easy ways to fight the itch of a healing wound.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Gauze or bandage
  • Antihistamine
  • Warm compress

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash the wound with antibacterial soap and water, then disinfect it with a little diluted hydrogen peroxide. Do this at least three to four times a day. Keeping the wound clean will help lessen itch and ward off infection, which can increase itch.

  2. 2

    Apply an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin to the area three or four times a day. This will help keep out infection and speed up the healing of the wound.

  3. 3

    Put a bandage or gauze on the wound. This will help keep you from scratching, which can cause infection and the spread of bacteria.

  4. 4

    Take an antihistamine to ease the itch and to help reduce swelling.

  5. 5

    Apply a hot compress to the wound. Apply heat for 15 minutes every couple of hours, which also will reduce any swelling associated with the wound.

Tips and warnings

  • If the wound is in a hard-to-reach area, like on your back or scalp, ask a friend to help you treat it. An Epsom bath also can help draw toxins out and relieve itching.
  • If the wound doesn't appear to be healing at all after a week or so, you might need to see your doctor for more aggressive treatment with antibiotics. If redness or swelling worsens, or the wound shows a pus discharge, see your doctor immediately because the wound might be severely infected.

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