Skip to main content

Stop an Itch Before You Scratch

Description: 
Here are a few ways to find itch relief by using your head instead of your fingernails.
Itchy Skin Prevention & Treatment

Description: 

Stop an Itch Before You Scratch

Here are a few ways to find itch relief by using your head instead of your fingernails.

Description: 

1. Keep your scratches clean

Scratching is unavoidable, especially for children. So keep both the affected area and fingernails as clean as possible to lower irritation and infection risks.

2. Play it cool

Apply a cold compress to the affected area to protect your skin and help prevent scratching.

3. Avoid sleep scratching

Scratching at night can both interrupt your sleep pattern and make your itch worse. If you can’t resist scratching, try wearing gloves.

4. Stay loose

Loose-fitting cotton clothing is the way to go when you’re feeling itchy and scratchy.

5. Cover up

In areas where poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac might be prevalent, protect your skin by wearing long pants and long-sleeve shirts.

6. Bug off

To discourage insects from snacking on you, find an insect repellent that feels comfortable on your skin.

7. Wear sunscreen

The best way to stop sunburn itch is to avoid sunburn in the first place. Find a sunscreen that’s comfortable on your skin, and reapply as directed.