Relieving itching: the most effective strategies

By itself, in general, it does not pass. How can I relieve the discomfort?

  • When corticosteroids are needed
  • Hydration is the ideal ally
  • The remedies by mouth

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It is often unbearable and avoiding scratching almost impossible. By itself, in general, it does not pass. How can I relieve the discomfort?

Pharmacological research and practical experience over the years have identified various solutions to relieve itching , some more effective, others less so, to be chosen in relation to the nature, intensity and extent of the manifestation and the characteristics of those who suffer from it, first between all ages.

When corticosteroids are needed

A highly prescribed remedy against itching, especially if of irritative or allergic origin, is based on the local application of corticosteroid-based ointments, able to offer relief for a few hours and which are effective especially in the acute phases of dermatitis thanks to their anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictor activity.

In the treatment of acute phases of dermatitis, it may be useful to associate topical corticosteroids with lamellar lipid- based creams that reconstitute the skin barrier, thus maximizing the effectiveness of the treatment by carrying out the function of reconstructing the skin barrier.

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Hydration is the ideal ally

The hydration of the skin and the regeneration of its barrier function improves the skin balance and increases the skin’s natural defenses against external agents, allowing it to fight itching effectively and safely.

The ideal option is highly moisturizing creams based on lamellar lipids, similar to those naturally present in the epidermis, and wetting and emollient agents, such as panthenol (pro vitamin B5 ).

In all those cases of itching and redness caused by dermatitis or other light to moderate skin irritations or, for sensitive areas where the skin is thinner such as neck, face or skin folds, creams based on lamellar lipids, wetting agents and emollients , such as panthenol (pro vitamin B5), are a great choice.

Thanks to their composition, these formulations promote the regeneration of the skin’s hydrolipidic barrier, restoring adequate hydration and hindering the penetration of allergens and pathogens.

In this way, they indirectly contribute to preventing sensitization, irritation and itching, without exposing to the risk of unwanted effects.

The new formulations on the market minimize all the risks of intolerance, to the point that they can be applied peacefully on the skin of newborns, during pregnancy and breastfeeding without entailing risks of any kind for either the mother or the baby.

In fact, they do not contain perfumes, preservatives, dyes or emulsifiers known to damage the lamellar lipid structure of the skin.

The remedies by mouth

When the itch is widespread on fairly large areas of the body and linked to generalized sensitization or an allergy .

In these cases, the doctor may prescribe the taking of antihistamines by mouth (or corticosteroids in the most severe cases), able to relieve the discomfort and, if necessary, to facilitate the night sleep, disturbed by the need to scratch.

Even the use of antidepressant drugs can sometimes be useful in adults to help quell widespread and persistent itching.

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