Pruritus Home Care
General home care for itching includes:
- Avoid exposure to substances that cause itching.
- Apply cold compresses:
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours
- Clean the skin gently:
- Use mild soap and water.
- Do not scrub the skin.
- Dry the skin.
- Take a cool bath or shower.
- Consider using colloidal oatmeal (Aveeno) in the bath.
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
Over-the-counter medications for itching include:
Pruritus Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have itching and any of the following:
- Severe itching that does not respond to nonprescription medications
- Yellow or brown scabs form on the skin surface
- Large blisters form on the skin
- Brown urine
- Abnormal stool:
- Clay-colored stool
- Facial swelling
- Mouth or tongue swelling
- Peeling skin
- Rapidly worsening rash
- Difficulty breathing
- Worsening wheezing
- Skin lesion that is present for more than one month
Continue to Pruritus Underlying Cause
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