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Tips to Ditch the Itch

Woman scratching her arm

Stop an Itch Before You Scratch

Follow the tips below to find itch relief, fast.
Woman scratching her arm
<h3>Stop an Itch Before You Scratch</h3> <p>Follow the tips below to find itch relief, fast.<p>
<div class="content-body"> <div class="content-half"> <div class="content-block"> <h3>1. Keep Scratches Clean</h3> <p>It is difficult not to scratch, especially for children. If the need to scratch arises, make sure to keep both the affected area and fingernails as clean as possible to lower irritation and the risk of infection.</p> </div> <div class="content-block"> <h3>2. Use Cold Compresses</h3> <p>Apply a cold compress to affected areas to protect your skin and help prevent scratching.</p> </div> <div class="content-block"> <h3>3. Avoid Sleep Scratching</h3> <p>Scratching at night can interrupt your sleep pattern and make your itch worse. If you cannot resist scratching, try wearing gloves to bed.</p> </div> <div class="content-block"> <h3>4. Choose Loose-Fitting Cotton Clothing</h3> <p>When you have a persistent itch, wearing loose-fitting cotton clothing can help prevent further irritation.</p> </div> </div> <div class="content-half"> <div class="content-block"> <h3>5. Cover Up</h3> <p>In areas where poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac might be prevalent, protect your skin by wearing long pants and long-sleeve shirts.</p> </div> <div class="content-block"> <h3>6. Use Insect Repellent</h3> <p>To repel insects and avoid bug bites, find an insect repellent that feels comfortable on your skin and wear it whenever you are outdoors.</p> </div> <div class="content-block"> <h3>7. Wear Sunscreen</h3> <p>The best way to stop sunburn itch is to avoid it in the first place. Find a sunscreen that is comfortable on your skin, and reapply as directed.</p> </div> </div> </div>