Worried About Itching & Scarring? Get Expert Advice Now!

Worried About Itching & Scarring? Get Expert Advice Now!
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I'm reaching out to seek your expertise regarding a concern I've been experiencing. Whenever my skin itches, I have a tendency to scratch it, which has resulted in the formation of scars over time. Can you provide me with guidance on how to effectively address this issue and prevent scarring?


Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


I appreciate the opportunity to offer assistance and provide you with guidance on managing your skin condition.


As a dermatologist, I understand the challenges you're facing. It's a natural response to scratch when your skin itches, but unfortunately, this can indeed lead to scarring over time. I'm here to offer you some recommendations to help you address this issue and prevent further scarring:


Moisturize Regularly: Dry skin often exacerbates itching. It's essential to moisturize your skin regularly with a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizer. This helps to keep your skin hydrated and minimizes itching.


Avoid Irritants: Certain fabrics, soaps, or detergents can irritate the skin and trigger itching. I advise you to identify and avoid these irritants as much as possible. Opt for gentle, non-irritating skincare products and detergents.


Keep Nails Short: Long nails can cause more damage when scratching. Keeping your nails short can help minimize the harm done by scratching and reduce the risk of scarring.


Cold Compress: Applying a cold, damp cloth to the itchy area can provide relief. The cold sensation helps to numb the area and alleviate the urge to scratch, thus reducing the risk of further damage to your skin.


Over-the-counter Remedies: Consider using topical creams or ointments containing hydrocortisone. These products can help reduce itching and inflammation, providing relief from discomfort.


Antihistamines: Over-the-counter oral antihistamines can also help alleviate itching. These medications can help to reduce the intensity of the itching sensation, making it easier for you to resist the urge to scratch.


If despite these measures, you find that your itching persists or if you're unable to resist scratching, I strongly recommend scheduling an appointment with a healthcare professional. Persistent itching can be indicative of underlying skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, which may require specific medical treatments.


Thank you for entrusting me with your health concerns. I'm here to support you on your journey to healthier skin.



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