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Dealing with itchy skin is never fun, no matter what the cause is. Thankfully, there are ways you can address your itchy skin and soothe irritation right from home without having to go to the doctor or dermatologist.

Here are 14 home remedies to get rid of itchy skin.

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Use a cold compress.
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  1. Wet a cloth and hold it against your skin for about 30 minutes. Use cold water to soothe your skin and stop the itching. Over time, the water will help soften and remove dead skin that might be causing irritation.[1]
    • You can also press ice packs or frozen bags of peas or beans against the itchy area, but wrap them in a towel first. Apply frozen items for between 10-20 minutes about once a day.
    • Stay away from heating pads or hot compresses, as that could make your skin more irritated.
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Take an oatmeal bath.
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Moisturize every day.
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  1. Apply moisturizer to damp skin to lock in hydration. Dry skin is a big cause of itching. Purchase a fragrance-free moisturizer and apply it every day, focusing on the areas that are the itchiest. Try to put on your moisturizer right after you get out of the shower when your skin is the wettest.[4]
    • Ingredients like alcohol and added fragrances can cause irritation and make your skin even drier.
    • Thick ointments like petroleum jelly work well on severe skin irritation like eczema.[5]
    • Lotions and creams are best for normal to dry skin.

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Use aloe vera on the area.
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Set up a humidifier in your home.
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    What can I do if my vagina itches?
    Lisa Bryant, ND
    Licensed Naturopathic Physician
    Dr. Lisa Bryant is Licensed Naturopathic Physician and natural medicine expert based in Portland, Oregon. She earned a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and completed her residency in Naturopathic Family Medicine there in 2014.
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    There are several causes for vaginal itching and determining the cause first is important to help guide the treatment. Some common causes are yeast infections, vaginal dryness, irritation from soaps and laundry detergent and sexually transmitted infections. See your doctor to rule these out and then go from there.
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    I don't know the cause of itching on my legs, but it's really bad. What should I do?
    Lisa Bryant, ND
    Licensed Naturopathic Physician
    Dr. Lisa Bryant is Licensed Naturopathic Physician and natural medicine expert based in Portland, Oregon. She earned a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and completed her residency in Naturopathic Family Medicine there in 2014.
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    You can try the treatments described in this article first. If your symptoms do not resolve within a few days, schedule an appointment with your doctor for further exams and evaluation.
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    I am not able to find what kind of allergy I'm having. Can I tell by when I get the irritation?
    Lisa Bryant, ND
    Licensed Naturopathic Physician
    Dr. Lisa Bryant is Licensed Naturopathic Physician and natural medicine expert based in Portland, Oregon. She earned a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and completed her residency in Naturopathic Family Medicine there in 2014.
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    Some reactions form right after exposure, while others are delayed. If you suspect it's something in your environment or food (and haven't been able to determine on your own), you could consider getting allergy testing done with by an allergist or dermatologist.
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      To get rid of itchy skin with home remedies, prepare a bath with cool water and a cup of baking soda and soak in it for 30 minutes. You can also add some ground up oatmeal to the bath, which will help soothe your skin and reduce itchiness. If you have aloe vera gel on hand, apply some to the areas of your skin that are itching to reduce itchiness and inflammation. Even just holding a cold, wet towel against your skin can make it less itchy. For more home remedies, like moisturizing with petroleum jelly, keep reading!

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