What are treatment options for reducing pruritus symptoms?

Updated: Mar 03, 2020
  • Author: David F Butler, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The following techniques have been found helpful in reducing pruritus in general:

  • Avoid hot showers or baths; use tepid water for bathing.
  • Use a mild, oilated soap or soap-free cleanser to bathe.
  • Apply a moisturizing lotion to the skin after bathing.
  • A camphor and menthol lotion is available over the counter (OTC) and may be applied several times a day to relieve itching.
  • A low-dose antihistamine like diphenhydramine is available OTC and may be taken several times a day for itching.

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