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Itchy skin treatments

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If you’re experiencing itching, here are some things that may help:

  • try not to scratch the area. Keep your nails short to prevent breaking the skin if you do scratch. A cool bath or shower may help provide short-term relief, but excessive showering or bathing may make it worse
  • after a bath or shower gently pat yourself dry with a clean towel. Do not rub or use the towel to scratch yourself
  • do not use any soaps, shower gels or foam bath products as they can dry the skin and make the itching worse
  • try to wear loose cotton clothing which can help prevent you overheating and making the itch worse. Avoid fabrics which irritate your skin like wool or scratchy fabrics.

Your pharmacist may be able to recommend some products which can help with itchy skin.

Not sure what to do next?

If you are still concerned about your itchy skin, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

Last reviewed: September 2017

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