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Ask Dr. Schultz | Skin Care Guides | Stop the Itch: How to Fix Dry, Itchy Skin

Stop the Itch: How to Fix Dry, Itchy Skin

Treat the Itch

If you're struggling with itchy skin, your first priority is probably to stop the constant and uncomfortable sensation. First, take a non-drowsy antihistamine, such as Allegra to combat the itch. While this might not work for everyone, it doesn't hurt to try. At night, use a cold-water humidifier to help restore the moisture in your body that has been dried out by the cold air and dry heat. And if you don't have a humidifier, don't fret: putting a pot on top of your freestanding radiator has the same effect.

Moisturize Your Skin

After showering, pat (don't rub!) yourself dry and immediately apply moisturizer, making sure to reapply throughout the day. If your skin is particularly itchy, look for a product that contains menthol. Your brain can only process one sensation at a time and the cooling from the menthol overpowers the itch. Be sure to avoid wool fabrics, which have small fibers that can aggravate your already itchy skin. And remember, as tempting as it may be, don't scratch. While it temporarily relieves the itch, it will just aggravate it in the long run.

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