When you suffer a wound, the damaged skin tries to regenerate as quickly as possible. During the healing process, you may have trouble leaving the wound alone because the process of repair can cause mild to severe itching. It is almost impossible to keep from scratching or picking at the wound, but it is necessary to do so for proper healing. However, if you follow a few simple steps, you can help stop your wound from itching, which will give it time to heal properly.
Wash your hands with warm water and soap.
Use your index finger to apply a topical antibiotic to the wound. This should help the wound heal, while preventing itching and relieving pain.
Keep the wound clean by covering it with a bandage or gauze. Change the bandage daily.
Leave the wound alone. Picking or scratching the area will prevent the wound from healing properly.
An anti-itch product that contains cortisone or aloe also will work. Follow the instructions on the packaging.
Severe cuts, burns or gashes need immediate medical attention.
Keep the topical ointment away from your eyes and mouth.