Itching is a common symptom of allergic reactions. And there are a number of ways to treat itching, a topical cream is just one of them. If you have questions about anti-itch cream, you are not alone. Here we will take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers as it relates to when and how to use anti-itch cream. Let’s dive right in!
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What is the Fastest Way to Get Rid of an Itch?
Relieving itchy skin can be achieved quickly for some and can take more time and effort for others. It all depends on what is causing the itch. Regardless, here are a few steps to help you get rid of itching fast.
- Apply Badger Creek Anti-itch cream. If you don’t already have it on hand, now would be a good time to stock up. While you are waiting for your order to arrive you can use any of the following tips below if you have these things at hand.
- Apply an ice pack or a cold wet cloth to the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes until the itching subsides
- Take a bath with oatmeal
- Moisturize the itchy area
- Apply a topical anesthetic if you have one on hand
- Apply a cooling agent such as menthol
- Applying baking soda
- Apply apple cider vinegar
- Avoid Irritants
Why is My Skin Itchy?
There could be a number of reasons your skin is itchy. The most common causes are skin conditions to include:
- Xerosis – dry skin
- Insect bites
What is the Best Anti Itch Cream for Bug Bites?
It is always best to confirm what is the best cream to use with your doctor. They will be able to understand the underlying cause of the itch and provide more direct treatment to the underlying problem than anything you find online. What sets our anti-itch cream apart is the fact that it is made from all-natural ingredients that will soothe the itch and any accompanying inflammation for even those with the most sensitive skin.
Another popular choice for treating the mildest itches can be hydrocortisone. You can find .5% or 1% options over the counter in most pharmacies. It works by inhibiting the body’s inflammatory response and thereby calms the itchy and inflamed skin. Of course, this is a steroid medication so consulting with a doctor or pharmacist is recommended before use.
If I Suffer from Itchy Skin, Does This Mean I Have Diabetes?
If you have other symptoms of diabetes along with itchy skin this may be a sign of diabetes. If you are having multiple symptoms that point to diabetes please consult your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
Best Remedies for Itching
The best remedy for an itch, all depends on the type of itch it is. An irritating itch, for example, is known as pruritus and it can be quite uncomfortable and even distracting. Our anti-itch cream is useful for a number of different types of itchiness but there are other popular methods you can use. Here are a few options that may be helpful outside of our cream:
- Colloidal Oatmeal – No, this is not the type of oatmeal you have for breakfast. It is oatmeal that has been ground into a very fine powder and is a natural addition to a number of soaps and lotions. Ask your local pharmacy to find out if they have this in stock.
- Leaf Gels – You can try plant-based cooling products called leaf gels. One popular choice is an aloe vera gel. You can also try a cooling menthol. These are great remedies for mosquito bites and sunburns. Be careful when using topical menthol as this can be irritating to the skin when undiluted.
- Moisturize – When you have an itch, a moisturizer can help but it has to be a good quality moisturizer. You can get a good recommendation from your doctor or pharmacist.
- Stay Cool – An ice pack can help with itching from insect bites.
- Antihistamines – Block histamines, which are chemicals that the body releases that cause allergy symptoms such as itching. Antihistamines are commonly used to treat allergic reactions.
- Hydrocortisone – The recommendation for this type of cream is to use it for the shortest time possible.
- Don’t scratch – It is natural to want to scratch when you have an itch. But scratching can make the problem worse and can even cause more problems. Scratching will make it harder for your skin to heal and you can even cause yourself to get an infection. To help avoid all these complications, keep your fingernails properly trimmed and try to relieve the itch without scratching.
When To Go to the Doctor
If you have been itching with little to no relief for more than three days, it is time to schedule an appointment with your doctor. This is especially important if you are suffering from itchiness all over. Contact your doctor immediately if your itch is severe and does not respond to the tips for relieving an itch we shared here.
While you are waiting to see your doctor, stay out of the sun and try to keep the area cool as much as possible. Heat is known to increase itching so the cooler you are the more comfortable you will be. If you must, cleanse the area using a gentle soap. Avoid the use of harsh cleaning agents that can cause a rash or blisters. Remember to moisturize to keep the skin supple as this will help with relieving the itch.
Over-the-Counter Medicines for Itching
Keep some over-the-counter options on hand for itching, such as an anti-itch cream from Badger Creek. You will love how our cream is mild enough for the most sensitive skin yet still is very effective in relieving itching.