How to control an Itch

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Isn’t it annoying when you get an itch especially during the most inappropriate timings? Itching can be due an allergic reaction, skin irritation, an illness, or any other reason and we would most likely take the necessary steps to make it stop. Be that as it may, It's critical to make sense of what is causing the itchiness so you that you know the most ideal approach to treat it and discover some help.


What causes itching?

The reason for itchiness can be due to toxins on the skin (contact dermatitis, such as from poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, or grass oils), medications, liver disease, kidney disease, insect bites, hives (urticarial), rare forms of skin cancer (mycosis fungoides and T-cell lymphomas), infections (including chickenpox and fungal infections such as athlete's foot and jock itch), irritation from clothing, eczema, dermatitis herpetiformis, hemorrhoids, and many other conditions, or it can remain unexplained. Infectious causes of itching include sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), parasites (such as scabies, fleas, bedbugs, pinworms, and lice), and viral rashes.


Should people scratch the itch?

Bothersome skin can push you to scratch yourself and it tends to be extremely difficult to control that. Scratching can at first feel fulfilling, however delayed scratching just leaves you with aggravated skin that can still itch and often worsens the itching itself. Since scratching provides only temporary relief and doesn't promote healing of the underlying problem, it is ideal to abstain from scratching if at all conceivable. On the off chance that scratching tears open the skin, bacterial contamination can set in. This is known as secondary infection. What's more, if scratching proceeds for a long time or years, the territory that is scratched may create thickened skin (lichenification) or pigmentation that obscures the zone.

The most ideal approach to enable disturbed skin to recuperate is to quit scratching it. Be that as it may, resolution frequently isn't sufficient since the inclination to scratch can be convincing. Below we have mentioned few measures and remedies for assistance to quit scratching and control the itch, let’s see what they are -


Mom’s Remedies for itching -

• Cold applications are the best as cold and itch have the same path along the same nerve fibres, the use of cold can "jam the circuits" and deaden itch. Methods of applying cold include the following:

• Cool water, either by running tap water over the affected area or placing a cold clean washcloth on the skin or just take a cold shower.

• Ice packs, take ice cubes in a clean cloth or ice bags (available in the market) and apply it in the affected area.


Avoid the following in case of itchiness:

• Wearing Irritating fabrics (especially wool and polyester)

• Exposure to High heat

• Humidity

• Scratching yourself

• Long hot baths – it may feel satisfying but hot water can actually dry out your skin and make itching worse.

• Bubble baths, powders, cornstarch


If you can’t get rid of an itchy skin then it is best to consult a dermatologist. Download the app to book your appointment.


Written by -

Shivani Sharma