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How to Stop an Itch

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Written by Darlene Michaud   



How to Stop an Itch

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Mosquito bites, rashes, hives, flea bites, poison ivy, chicken pox, eczema and just plain old dry skin. What do they have in common? They all make you itch! There are many cream and ointments you can buy to try to stop the itching. But you can also save money by trying a few of these home remedies!

Step 1:  APPLY BAKING SODA -- Baking soda is really a staple when it comes to home remedies. It can help you in so many ways. One way it can help is to stop an itch. Make a paste with baking soda and a bit of water and apply to the itchy spot and leave it on as long as you can. If you have an all over itch problem you can take a baking soda bath. Just add one box of baking soda to your bath water (no soap) and soak for 20 to 30 minutes.  Then just get out of the tub, do not rinse off.

Step 2:  APPLY OATMEAL -- But some dry oatmeal in a blender and blend for a bit to make an oatmeal powder. Then make an oatmeal paste by mixing the ground oatmeal with a bit of water.  Apply to the itchy spot and leave it on as long as you can.  You can also take an oatmeal bath for all over soothing.  Put 2 cups of whole grain oatmeal in a fine mesh net (a cut off leg of panty hose works great) and tie off the netting so the oatmeal will not actually be loose in your tub. Put the bag of oatmeal in your bath water and squeeze the bag to get the oatmeal "milk" to mix with the water. Then soak in the tub for 20 to 30 minutes. Do not use soap. Then just get out of the tub, do not rinse off.

Step 3:  GO TO THE BEACH -- One of the best cures for any kind of itchy skin ailment is good old salty ocean water! So pack up your towel and beach chair and hit the beach as part of your home remedy therapy! Soak or swim in the beach water for 20 to 30 minutes.  And skip the sun screen because it may cause more irritation.  Then dry off and get just 5 minutes of sun.  Then protect your body with clothing or go home because you do not want to get a sun burn.

Step 4:  USE PREPARATION H -- Preparation not only helps with hemorrhoids but can also stop the burning and itching on your skin! Just a little dab on a bug bite or a patch of eczema works wonders!

Step 5:  CHILL THE ITCH -- If you can stand it, take a cold shower or soak in a tub of cold water.  Chilling relieves itching by temporarily reducing blood circulation to the itchy areas which helps to reduce swelling and inflammation relieve the itchy discomfort.

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DenaBolton said:

DenaBolton
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I like the "go to the beach" remedy!
 
December 23, 2009
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DenaBolton said:

DenaBolton
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BTW -- I dugg this.
 
December 23, 2009
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