The easiest way to relieve itching is by scratching it. But, other than only gives a temporary solution, scratching can also make the condition worse by causing skin irritation or rashes. Although it is hard to do, not scratching the itching area is probably the best way to treat it. Try patting or rubbing it with your fingers and avoid using fingernails.
Skin itching can be caused by many factors. Itching can be a symptom of skin diseases, such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and shingles. Other causes of skin itching are including sweat rash, allergic reaction, bug bites, or skin contact with certain types of plants or fabrics. Usually, a topical medication is used to treat this skin condition.
Depending on the cause and type of itching, the medications can be an ointment, powder, lotion, or liquid. Ointment and powder medications are usually prescribed to treat dry skin rash and liquid topical medications for wet skin rash. For a severe itching, you can take antihistamine to help relieve it.
Bathe in Baking Soda Solution to Relieve Itching
There are also natural remedies that can be applied as a treatment for skin itching. One of them involves the use of an ingredient you can find in your kitchen, the baking soda. For skin problems, baking soda can be a perfect alternative option and solution. Mixed with water, baking soda creates an endothermic reaction and antiseptic nature that work great to cure skin irritation.
The most effective way to cure itching with baking soda is by mixing it into your bath water. Add half cup of baking soda to a tub full of water. Make sure the water is warm, not too hot. Soak in it for 15-30 minutes. Avoid bathing too long, because the contact with baking soda can cause the skin to be excessively dry.
When treating baby or children, start with a low concentrated solution and increase the dose gradually up to half cup if necessary. Bathing with baking soda also helps relieve diaper rash on babies. After bath, apply moisturizer to the skin. Avoid skin creams or other hard chemical products. To help the skin rash heal, use clothes made from natural fiber, such as cotton.
Things to Know Before You Try the Treatment
Although baking soda feels soft in the skin, several precautions are needed before applying it as a skin treatment for the first time. First, don’t try this remedy if you have sensitive skin and often have allergic reaction to skin care products. You should do a pre-test by a little bit of baking soda solution rubbed on the rash. If the redness and itching of the rash become more severe, don’t do this remedy.
If you apply this treatment for your baby, make sure the baby doesn’t drink the bath water, because ingesting high dose of baking soda can cause headaches and nausea. This also applies if you have heart or kidney problem, because baking soda is high in sodium and can cause other health problems. People with diabetes also prohibited doing this remedy because the risks of open wound and infections can be fatal.