Home Remedies For Itching

There are many kinds of natural remedy for itching and there is a good chance that one of them will be effective for you. Let’s look at what you can do about that aggravating itch right now.

If your itching is caused by something like a flea or mosquito bite, any other type of insect bite, or a reaction to a plant like poison ivy, you can sometimes stop the itching by pressing hard with a fingernail onto the bite or irritated area.

Hold the fingernail down for at least 10 seconds. With bites, you can press twice, making a visible X on the bite. It should be hard enough to feel a little painful. The nervous system will register the pain, and forget about the less important itching. When the pain passes, the itching will not come back right away. Distract yourself by doing something interesting and you could stay itch-free for a long time.

Another method recommended by some people is to use a hairdryer on the hot setting right up close to the bite, as hot as you can stand. This is claimed to kill the enzymes that cause itching from insect bites, but it has its dangers. You may fry any hairs in the area or burn the skin. Be very cautious if you use this method.

Of course, you probably would not want to try any such natural remedy for itching on very sensitive areas such as the sexual organs. When you have irritation there, it can be difficult to know what to do.

If it is a bite…

You could use an antihistamine cream. If you have frequent itching in that area without an apparent cause, check what your underwear is made of and switch to pure cotton if you can. You may have an allergy to something in the fabric. If you live in a hot climate, your itching could be caused by sweat gathering. Loose cotton clothing can help with this problem.

It is also possible to be allergic to your laundry detergent or conditioner. If the itching is not only in the genital area but on other parts of the body too, try another brand.

Chronic Itching..

For chronic itching and dry skin from allergies or conditions like eczema, try applying an oil that contains omega 3 essential fatty acids, such as flaxseed oil. Fish oil is another possibility but you might not like the smell!

In many cases you can also improve a chronic itching problem or even cure it by increasing the amount of omega 3 oil in your diet. For most people, this means eating more oily fish or taking a supplement.

Many people also find coconut oil to be a soothing natural remedy for itching. Coconut oil can be found in most health food stores. It is solid at temperatures below 76 degrees F (24 degrees C) so it often looks like a white grease instead of liquid oil.

Taking a warm shower can be a good natural remedy for itching. If you use soap, make it a very gentle brand for sensitive skin. After your shower, pat the skin dry with a towel and apply a thick moisturizer (the type that is recommended for people with eczema is best).

Before you try any home remedies for itching, it is important to know what is causing the itching. If you don’t know, you are just treating a symptom, not dealing with the problem itself. It may be something obvious like an insect bite and treating the itching is all that you need to do.

However, it could be something more serious ringworm or shingles which might need medical treatments, or an allergy which you should know about so that you can avoid the substance that you are allergic to. So check out the possible causes, even if you are happy to have found a natural remedy for itching here.

Have you managed to soothe your itching? Please share how you did it by leaving a comment below!

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Wendl Ablan

I tried to hairdry a mosquito bite, I should have taken in your warning to be careful. I had some minor burns on my skin, its not really that bad but the burn shows. It was my bad. I always used to do the crossing mosquito bite using my fingernails, I never knew that it was a home remedy for itching, thank you for the information, it was very helpful.


Nice, these are really practical tips for itching that you can do at home! I, for one, have tried the first tip, lol. I pinch the area of itch using my fingernails, such that I can see a dent on the skin surface and it usually works, only for minor itching though. I try really not to scratch the itch because I do not like having all these ugly marks on my skin. Showering is a practical solution too and very safe, makes you feel all freshened up and itch-free!


I am sufferer of itching as I got allergy. This article on “Home Remedies For Itching ” is really helpful one for me. I will apply all the techniques of itching which are harmless way discussed in this article. Thanks for such a helpful article 🙂


Once I was sitting on the grass, and after few minutes I found my hand itching.
I applied coconut oil on my hand and it worked.
Once I got affected with ring worm, initially it was not itching, but after few days it started itching.
You’re correct, for ringworm we do need a medical treatment.

Amit Gune

I have tried a couple of the remedies above. They really help. Diverting attention from an itch usually solves the problem. But it is easier said than done.

Amit Gune

Sorry to post this again. I forgot to mention that I have found coconut oil as a wonderful way to cure an itch. Also pouring hot steaming water helps. But it depends from person to person as to how much hot water one can take on the infected part.

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