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How do topical anesthetics relieve itchy skin?

Topical anesthetics are medications that help soothe itchy or irritated skin. They work by numbing the nerve endings in the skin so that you do not feel the pain or itchiness. Most topical anesthetics are available without prescription in a variety of different forms. These include: patches, foams, liquids, swabs, dressings, pads, solutions, creams, gels, kits, sprays, ointments and lotions.

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