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How to Soothe Itchy Skin

Updated February 21, 2017

Conditions such as eczema, insect bites and allergic reactions can trigger itchy skin. Itching can range from mild to severe, and in severe cases, itching may interfere with normal activities such as sleep. But, fortunately, there are quick and effective ways to soothe itchy skin. If left untreated, constant scratching can irritate the skin, and result in open sores or bruising.

Take an antihistamine. Itching that starts after eating or after applying skin lotions or other creams may be an allergic reaction. Take an over-the-counter antihistamine as directed to stop the reaction and calm itching.

Use topical creams to soothe skin irritation. Anti-itch creams or hydrocortisone are effective for skin conditions like eczema or dermatitis. Use as directed to calm itchy skin.

Take an oatmeal bath. Run a lukewarm bath and sprinkle oatmeal bath into the water. Relax in the water to moisturise the skin and soothe irritation. Purchase oatmeal bath treatments from a chemist. Look in the bath or skin care aisle.

Switch your detergent, soaps and lotions. Choose skin products and washing powder that are hypoallergenic or intended for people with sensitive skin.

Keep the skin moisturised. Apply sensitive skin lotions after each bath or shower to help your skin retain moisture, or run a humidifier to moisten the air and your skin. Dry air can dry out the skin and trigger itching.

Things You'll Need

  • Antihistamine
  • Topical cream
  • Oatmeal bath
  • Humidifier
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About the Author

Valencia Higuera is a freelance writer from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has contributed content to print publications and online publications such as Sidestep.com, AOL Travel, Work.com and ABC Loan Guide. Higuera primarily works as a personal finance, travel and medical writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Old Dominion University.