The besttreatmentfor itching depends on the cause. You may be able to relieve itchingand reduce the risk of skin damage caused by scratching with some simple self-help measures.
If necessary, your GP or pharmacist can offertreatments that may help relieve an itch.
Some lotions, creams and medications available over the counter from pharmacies or on a prescription from your GP can help reduce itchiness.
Common treatments recommended include:
Some antihistamine tabletscanmake you feel drowsy. This may be helpful iftaken at nightto help you sleep, butit's important not to drive, use power tools or operate heavy machineryafter taking them.
If you have itching in hairy areaslike your scalp, lotions are available specifically for these areas so you don't have to use sticky creams.
There are also somemore powerfulmedications, such as antidepressants, which may be recommended if the above treatments don't help and your itch is particularly long-lasting.
Itching (prutitis) is an unpleasant sensation that compels a person to scratch the affected area.
Read about the causes of itching. An itch is often caused by a condition affecting the skin, but it can be a sign of a more serious underlying problem.
Read about treatments for itching. The treatment for itching will largely depend on the cause.