Why scabs itch and you shouldn't scratch

How to Stop Itching

Itching can sometimes be excruciating, even more so if you’re trying not to scratch. However, it’s important to avoid excessive scratching because it can cause the wound to open up again. By alleviating the itch, you can avoid a prolonged healing process and potential infection from scratching too much. Here are a few ways to stop the itching:

  • Applying cold or warm compresses
  • Moisturizing
  • Avoiding tight clothing or accessories worn around the wound
  • Covering the wound with a bandage
  • Applying over-the-counter (OTC) anti-itch creams 
  • Bathing in lukewarm water with added moisturizers or oatmeal

It may also help to find effective distractions from the itching. If itching is very severe and there is a high risk of infection, your healthcare provider may recommend a sleep medication or a neuropathic drug called Neurontin (gabapentin) to help you rest and decrease the urge to itch.

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