How to Stop an Itchy Wound

Updated February 21, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.


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.

Things You'll Need

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

Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.