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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Itchy skin may interfere with your daily tasks and sleep. Treatment is important because constant scratching can damage your skin and increase your risk of infection.
- Medicines may help decrease itching or inflammation. Skin creams, such as steroid creams or anti-itch creams may also help.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Manage itchy skin:
- Take short showers in warm water. Avoid using hot water for your showers. Use only a small amount of mild skin cleanser.
- Apply moisturizer or cooling creams after you bathe and throughout the day.
- Use a cool mist humidifier to moisten the air in your home and maintain a cool temperature. Cool, humid air can decrease skin dryness and itching.
- Avoid allergens and skin irritants. Do not use perfume, fabric softener, or makeup that irritates your skin. Use a mild detergent to wash your clothes. Wear loose cotton clothes and use cotton sheets. Avoid wool.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- Your itching does not improve or gets worse.
- Scratching has caused your skin to be red or swollen.
- You have new symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue, changes in urination, or fever.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.