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Are there over-the-counter medicines to treat itching?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Skin diseases like pityriasis rosea have symptoms that can include itching. There are many over-the-counter medications designed to help control itching. Some medications are topical, meaning that they are applied to the skin. One topical medication is corticosteroid cream. Over-the-counter antihistamines can be taken by mouth to relieve itching as well.

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