If your skin is unbearably itchy due to eczema, seasonal allergy symptoms, bug bites or from dry skin--use these quick-relief tips to stop the itching right away. Skin itchiness can occur for many different reasons, but the most common causes of chronic itching are eczema and contact dermatitis. Side effects from certain prescription drugs can also cause incessant itching. Childhood diseases such as the chicken pox, measles or diaper rashes can also cause itching. If your itching does not go away after 4-5 days--make an appointment to see a dermatologist for treatment.
Use hydrocortisone cream. Hydrocortisone cream can be purchased at drug stores everywhere and is great for localized itching discomfort. Apply the cream as often as needed to relieve your itching instantly.
Apply caladryl lotion. Caladryl lotion is a step up from hydrocortisone cream and it also can be purchased over the counter without a prescription. Caladryl is a topical analgesic skin protectant that reduces inflammation as well as nixes the itch. It does not contain any steroids and can be used as often as needed.
Take flaxseed oil. The next time you are bothered by a persistent itch, puncture flaxseed oil capsules and put the oil on the affected area. Also, take a few capsules orally to reap the benefits of this miracle oil and allow it to work from the inside- out. Flaxseed oil is great for those who suffer from eczema, and the Omega 3 fatty acids that flaxseed naturally contains is heart-healthy and possesses anti-inflammatory properties that give itchy skin instant relief.
Take a shower. Sometimes taking a quick warm bath can provide relief to itchy skin. Try not to use harsh soaps or lotions, and make sure the shower or bath is not too hot as very hot water temperatures can further dry out your skin. Apply a thick, soothing moisturizer like Eucerin to lock in the moisture after your bath.
Use a cold compress. Placing a cold compress on your itchy skin will also provide instant relief as it numbs the area.