Injuries, Wound and Trauma

How can I deal with itching as my wound heals?

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  • During the healing process, the skin undergoes many changes.  Itching (pruritus) becomes common problem as the skin tightens and pulls and layers of new skin appear.Itching is more common with second-degree burns or when skin grafts have been put on the wound. The healing skin may feel dry, hot, and itchy and cause problems staying focused on projects or sleeping. Treatment may include over-the-counter antihistamines such as Benadryl as well as massage and cold packs on the wound. Sometimes topical ointments, including emollients, are recommended to calm the skin itching. If the inflamed skin and itching is new, then it’s time to call the doctor and have the burn checked. Your doctor can best guide you in how to treat the itching.
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