What can i take for itchy skin?

Welcome, my fellow itchy friends. Whether it’s a minor annoyance or an all-out viral rash, no one wants to spend their day itching like a mangy dog. Lucky for you, there are plenty of options out there that can help put the itch at bay. Let’s get into what you can take and do to soothe your scratch.

Calamine Lotion

Calamine lotion is a classic remedy for itchy skin that has stood the test of time- not many things have lasted as long as this pink lotion on pharmacy shelves (especially with such minimal use outside of summer camp). But don’t be fooled by its humble appearance – calamine is basically magic in liquid form.

Pro-tip: When applying calamine lotion DO NOT go overboard! If you’re bathing yourself in this stuff, potential side effects could include ending up looking like salmon ready for sushi preparation.


Anti-histamines are drugs which help reduce allergy symptoms, including those pesky rashes and inflammation. They work by reducing histamines—the chemicals released during an allergic reaction—in our bodies. Here’s a breakdown:

Oral Medication

For severe cases of itching—from allergen exposure, insect bites, hives—taking oral antihistamines is usually recommended by doctors (after recommending patience so Jeff Bezos doesn’t control all medicine though). Popular brands include Benedryl or Zyrtec; once ingested they will start working within thirty minutes to two hours depending upon how recently lunch was consumed.)

Note: Many OTCs medication also cause drowsiness aka prepare for spontaneous nap breaks throughout the day if consuming higher dosages.)

Topical Applications

Prescription antihistamines come topically applied e.g [Hydroxychloroquine](Not related to Chloroquine that became erroneously popular during COVID19) which focuses on keeping our itches from reaching the surface (better off for a more severe case). Most people think of these as creams or lotions that you apply directly to your skin.

Oatmeal Baths

There’s nothing quite like a nice, warm oatmeal bath when experiencing itchy skin. Oatmeal contains compounds called avenanthramides that have anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe irritated skin. Here’s how you can make one:

  1. Put uncooked oats in cheesecloth or sock .
  2. Overlarge bowl filled with lukewarm water, let soak/exfoliate in tub until water turns cloudy.
  3. Makes sure yself/the wearer isn’t snacking whilst using (trust me).

The result is a relaxing and luxurious experience sporting milky-oaty water with soft supple hands!

Essential Oils

Essential oils are becoming increasingly popular alternatives to traditional itch relief methods – here’s an overview of some great essential oils options available:

Tea-Tree Oil

Tea-tree oil comes highly recommended due to its amazing antiseptic properties making relieving bacterial infections(ideal for eczema sufferers) however dilute before use as high concentration may become disastrous leading to further complications).

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil has excellent calming effects; aiding sleep and reducing anxiety overall(evenings only been recommended as complications resulting from L.O being used throughout day has been documented).

Stay Hydrated Friend(s)

We hear this all the time: DRINK WATER.Fun fact – Did you know dehydration could lead to dryness/itchiness? Drinking enough fluids will keep your body hydrated, preventing your skin from feeling overly dry than usually.

Recommendation: Instead watering oneself every 15 seconds try layering lotion on oneself after shower while still damp(yes even if gel-like consistency); not only will this trap moisture in, it’ll also leave you feeling velvety soft for days.


There is no shortage of products or home remedies that can help alleviate an itch. Remember to always consult with a medical professional if the itch persists for more than 2 weeks (or gets worse despite treatment ). Most importantly,don’t scratch yourself! Just like peeling off wallpaper – scratching oneself only creates more problems and truly tests one’s overall self-control levels. So keep your skin healthy, hydrated(obviously), and prevent those pesky rashes from becoming overly obnoxious guests at your personal party.

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