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Regardless of the cause, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says it's important to avoid scratching, which will irritate the skin further.
To soothe itchy skin, the academy suggests:
- Apply a cold, wet cloth or ice pack to the area.
- Take an oatmeal bath.
- Moisturize the skin with a fragrance-free product.
- Apply topical anesthetics that contain pramoxine.
- Apply agents like menthol or calamine.
If the itch does not go away, the AAD suggests visiting a dermatologist.
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