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Simple things to help ease itchy skin include patting or tapping your skin instead of scratching it, and holding a cool, damp towel on your skin.

You can get creams, lotions and medicines like antihistamine from a pharmacist to help with itchy skin.

If your itchy skin is severe or does not get better, a GP can help look for the cause. They will check your skin and may arrange some tests.

Itchy skin can be caused by many things including allergies, dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, thrush and ringworm.

Itchy skin is not usually a sign of anything serious, and it often goes away after a few weeks. There are things you can do to ease the itching.

Page last reviewed: 19/07/2023
Next review due: 19/07/2026