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There are a few different methods you can use for relieving an itchy rash. For example, you could use an anti-itch cream to decrease your discomfort or take over-the-counter (OTC) allergy pills to stop the itchy symptoms. You could also try home remedies such as aloe vera gel or ground oatmeal to treat the symptoms. In the event that your at-home efforts don't help, however, it may be a good idea to see a doctor.
Anti-itch creams are common treatments for rashes. Some of the most effective may be those that contain ingredients known for relieving itchiness and irritation. For example, products that contain such ingredients as camphor and pramoxine may prove particularly good for relieving itchy rash symptoms. Creams and lotions that contain menthol and diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in many allergy pills, may also prove effective in topical creams and lotions.
You might also consider using medications that you take internally to relieve the discomfort you feel from an itchy rash. For example, you might benefit from taking OTC oral antihistamines that contain active ingredients such as diphenhydramine, loratadine, and cetirizine. Likewise, those that contain chlorpheniramine and similar medications can help as well. If they do not help, however, you may do well to see a doctor for a more potent prescription medication.
There are also some home remedies you might consider trying in the hopes of relieving an itchy rash. They include witch hazel or the gel from an aloe vera plant gently dabbed or wiped onto the area with a clean cloth or cotton ball. You may also find a paste made of baking soda and water helpful as well as cool baths with ground-up oatmeal added. While it may sound soothing to take a hot bath in efforts to help relieve the itch, it is usually best to avoid bathing or showering in hot water when you are already struggling with itching; the hot water serves to dry the skin out and may actually increase the uncomfortable, itchy symptoms.
Often, an itchy rash fades given time, without any treatment from a doctor. In some cases, however, a rash may last longer than seems normal. Sometimes, it may even grow worse instead of getting better. In such a case, a doctor's help may prove necessary. He may not only examine you and identify the type of rash you have, but also provide effective prescription treatment for it.