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Itching skin Treatments

Itching skin: Treatments Inroduction

Treatment plans for itching are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause, minimizes the discomfort of itching and the desire to scratch and decreases the risk of developing complications, such as a secondary bacterial infection.

Treatment for itching includes a combination of treatments that include lifestyle changes with medications and other treatments as appropriate. This includes avoiding exposure to irritants and allergens and minimizing skin dryness. Typical skin irritants and allergens include soaps, chemicals, cleaning products, weeds, and some metals, such as nickel. Skin dryness can be avoided or treated by using a perfume-free moisturizer, avoiding scratchy clothes, and using a home humidifier. Other important steps include avoiding alcohol and caffeine, using mild soaps, not over washing or scrubbing skin, and avoiding hot tubs, steam baths, saunas and chlorinated swimming pools.

Ice bags or cool wet compresses may be helpful to help relieve itching. Therapy can also include taking an oatmeal bath and using oatmeal soap, such as Aveeno. More severe cases of itching may be treated with a corticosteroid cream, which reduces inflammation and an antihistamine, which reduces itching. These medications can have side effects, so they should only be taken under the direction of a licensed health care clinician.

Allergy shots may be needed for people with moderate to severe allergies. Parasitic infections, such as pubic lice, are treated with medications that contain a pesticide. Antibiotics may be prescribed to treat a secondary bacterial infection cause by excessive scratching of the skin.

If itching is caused by a severe allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, treatment generally includes a shot of epinephrine and hospitalization and close monitoring.

Itching skin: Treatments

Some of the possible treatments for Itching skin from various sources may include:

Alternative Treatments for Itching skin

Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Itching skin in various sources may include:

Treatments for Causes of Itching skin

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Itching skin:

More causes: not all possible causes for Itching skin are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Itching skin.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Itching skin:

The following list of conditions have 'Itching skin' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Itching skin:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Itching skin' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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