Everything about itching and what you can do about it


Suffering from itching? Then you first think of scratching. We say: don’t do it! Once you start scratching, the itching only seems to get worse. This is what you can do to relieve the itching?

Scratching feels good when you have an itch, but there are studies that show that scratching can actually make you itch more. Do you want to try to prevent that? Soothe the itching? Then we have some tips for you.

1. Apply to your itchy skin every day

Dry skin itches more often. Apply a moisturizing cream to your skin every day. In addition, protect your skin against heat and cold, do not shower too hot and wear gloves when you clean.

2. Find out if you are hypersensitive to something

Have you recently started using a different detergent or a new shower gel? You may be hypersensitive to one of the ingredients. Try to avoid the ingredient alcohol in care products, which can be too aggressive for dry or sensitive skin. For example, try this hypoallergenic shower gel.

3. Use home, garden and kitchen remedies for itching

There is no evidence of effectiveness against itching for most home, garden and kitchen remedies, but for many people they can at least temporarily relieve itching:

  • Place some ice cubes in a washcloth to soothe the itching.
  • Dab some menthol powder on the itchy area.
  • Soak a cloth or bandage in apple cider vinegar and wrap it around the itchy area.
  • Give the itchy part of the body an oatmeal bath.
  • Rub your itchy spot with a mixture of honey and cinnamon.

4. Get a cream from the pharmacy

There are various anti-itch remedies available over the counter from pharmacies. An ointment with lidocaine, for example; Lidocaine numbs the skin, reducing itching. Ask your pharmacy for advice. Or use Nestosyl.

5. Use anti-histamine

When itching occurs due to an allergic reaction, histamine is released. In that case, you can use antihistamines to control the allergic reaction.

6. Don’t scratch too hard

If you really need to scratch, don’t do it too hard. Scratch between your nails and skin with a layer of clothing. Or gently squeeze, press or tap the skin instead of using your nails.

7. Does nothing help? Go to the doctor

In some cases, itching is caused by a disease, infection or fungus. Itching can also be a side effect of a medication. There is therefore no harm in visiting the doctor if the itching does not go away.

Text Santenl, Photo: Getty Images


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