- The medical term for itching is pruritus.
- Infections, bites and stings, infestations, chronic diseases, sun exposure, and dry skin are among the numerous causes of itching.
- Anti-itch creams and lotions containing camphor, menthol, phenol, pramoxine (Caladryl, Tronolane), diphenhydramine (Benadryl), or benzocaine can bring relief.
- Some cases of itching will respond to corticosteroid medications.
- It is best to avoid scratching when possible to avoid worsening of the condition and disruption of the skin that could lead to bacterial infection.
- If itching persists with time or worsens, or is associated with skin lesions, consulting a health-care professional is advisable.