Tips to Ditch the Itch
Stop an Itch Before You Scratch
Here are a few ways to find itch relief by using your head instead of your fingernails.
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.