If you are searching for a home remedy for relief from itchy sking then here are a few ideas:
* Apply cold applications to your skin. Cold and itch both move along the same nerve fibers so applying cold to your skin will give you relief. It is not recommended to use hot water as that will only make the itching sensation worse.
* Run cold water over a wash cloth and apply it to the itchy skin.
* Take a cool water bath and soak in a colloidal oatmeal bath (you can find this type of product over-the-counter at your local drug store). You can also use baking soda. Just do not use this if you have broken skin.
* Use ice packs and place them over the itchy skin.
* Use a lemon. Hard to believe at first, but squeezing lemons on your itch spots will help reduce itching. Lemons contain anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties.
* Use aloe vera. Aloe vera has long been used for skin burns, but it also soothes itchy skin. Take a leaf, slice it open and spread the gel on your skin.
* Use herbs. Herbs like basil and mint have been known to contain a good amount of eugenol which is a topical anesthetic. Also thyme contains properties that can have a numbing effect when used on the skin. Make a skin rinse with these herbs and spread them over your itchy skin to get relief.
Epsom Salt Baths
If you are familiar with Epsom salt, this can soothe itchy as well as dry skin. Readily available in stores, this has been popularly used to relieve one from muscle soars and cramps. Itchiness due to poison ivy, insect bites, and stings can be relieved with the use of Epsom salt. By diluting about 2 tbsp. of Epsom salt into a cup of water and applying it liberally to the affected area using a small towel or a wash cloth, itchiness can be relieved. This is also good to use when bathing as it does not only soothe the skin but helps remove skin impurities and dead skin.
There are numerous skin lotions that can help relieve the itch. You can purchase many of these anti-itch creams at your local drug stores. Find products that have Pramoxine, Phenol, Diphenhydramine or Camphor in them. You can usually apply them over and over as needed. They help numb the nerve endings so that you do not over scratch your skin making the situation even worse. You may think to grab Hydrocortisone, but keep in mind that this usually only works for itching caused by eczema and therefore doesn’t help stop itching in many cases.
Also, there are popular moisturizers that you can purchase over-the-counter are such as Eucerin, Cetaphil, Vanicream and others.
Over the Counter Medications
There are non-prescription medications that may help give immediate relief. Antihistamines are typically used to treat itch. These include hydroxyzine, diphenhydramine, chlorpheniramine or better known as Atarax, Benadryl and Chlor-Trimeton. The downfall to taking these oral treatments is that they tend to cause drowsiness. But that might not be a downfall especially if the itching is keeping you up at night.
Always seek medical attention for severe cases of allergic reaction. There may be more to the situation than just itcy skin.
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