What are topical itch treatments? Are there any home remedies for itching?
Topical itch treatments, those used on the skin, include cold applications, creams, and lotions.
Cold applications: Because cold and itch travel along the same nerve fibers, the use of cold can "jam the circuits" and deaden itch. Methods of applying cold include the following:
- Cool water, either by running tap water over the affected area or placing a cold clean washcloth on the skin
- Cool showers
- A cool bath; products that contain colloidal oatmeal are available over the counter as an itch relief bath
- Ice packs, either the commercially available type or ice cubes in a plastic bag
Hot water (in the shower, for instance) feels good temporarily, but it can leave you feeling even itchier later. Therefore, the use of hot water is not recommended.