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

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
To treat itching, a doctor may recommend applying an over-the-counter moisturizing cream immediately after bathing. When you take a bath or shower, avoid hot water, which could worsen itching. Instead, bathe with lukewarm or cool water. Your doctor may advise you to limit the amount of soap you use while washing. Don't rub vigorously with a towel. Instead, gently blot your skin dry.
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Yes. Any anti-itch creams or lotions may ease the discomfort associated with pityriasis rosea.


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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