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Home remedies may relieve itching.
If any of these home remedies make the itching worse, stop using them.
You may be able to prevent itching from getting worse.
Don't scratch. Scratching leads to more itching and may cause a skin infection to develop. Cut nails short or wear cotton gloves at night to prevent scratching. Put mittens or cotton socks on the hands of babies and young children to prevent scratching.
If home treatment doesn't relieve the itching, you may want to try taking an over-the-counter medicine.
If the itching is severe and it interferes with sleep or other activities for more than 2 days, call your doctor to discuss your symptoms.
Current as ofApril 1, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineH. Michael O'Connor, MD, MMEd, FRCPC - Emergency MedicineEllen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology
Current as of: April 1, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD, MMEd, FRCPC - Emergency Medicine & Ellen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology
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