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How to Stop Itching That Won't Go Away

author image Tammy Dray
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.
How to Stop Itching That Won't Go Away
Itchy, red skin can indicate a sunburn.

Itchy skin can be a result of a number of things. According to the Mayo Clinic, itchy skin can be caused by anything from a rash or dermatitis to a sunburn and even liver disease. If the itching is severe, always talk to your doctor if it persists for more than a few days or if you experience additional symptoms. According to Healthy Beginnings magazine, itchiness that is accompanied by a rash or fluid-filled bumps might indicate eczema.

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Step 1

Try an over-the-counter oral antihistamine. The Mayo Clinic recommends diphenhydramine or a similar drug. This will help relieve severe itching.

Step 2

Try a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or shea butter. Keeping your skin hydrated will reduce the itchiness and improve the overall feel of your skin. Creams rich in oils such as omega-6 or coconut will also hydrate your skin and reduce itchiness.

Step 3

Buy an over-the-counter one percent hydrocortisone steroid skin cream. According to, hydrocortisone creams should not be used for more than two weeks at a time unless under direct care of a physician. If the itching hasn’t disappeared by then, consult your doctor.

Step 4

Cool down your skin. Add baking soda or plain uncooked oatmeal to the bathtub and rest in it for a few minutes. Or use a bath gel that contains oatmeal. Avoid shower gels or soaps that contain dyes or perfumes as they can irritate the skin and worsen the problem. If a bath is not convenient, apply cool compresses to the itching area.

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