By: Terry Graedon August 20, 2017 8 Comments
    Stopping Cetirizine Led to Itching Like Crazy

    Who would guess that stopping an antihistamine taken for allergies could lead to dramatic hives and itching? Although it may seem improbable, scores of readers report that they developed dreadful itch…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2016 12 Comments
    How Drinking Buttermilk Could Relieve Itchy Bott…

    What could be more embarrassing than an itch in a private place? You can't scratch it, yet the constant itch is extremely distracting. This is the dilemma that drives people to find a way to relieve i…

    By: Joe Graedon October 19, 2015 8 Comments
    Heat Eases Itchy Mosquito Bites

    Itchy mosquito bites can drive you crazy. But what can you do about the itch? Some people are devotees of Vicks VapoRub to relieve the itch, while others like to apply hydrogen peroxide. We think, how…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2015 8 Comments
    Itchy Rash Responds to Soothing Yogurt

    What could be more infuriating than an itchy rash that won't go away? Perhaps that is why people have applied so many improbable remedies to itchy skin to soothe it. Sometimes, though, an approach tha…

    By: Joe Graedon April 13, 2015 14 Comments
    Using Greek Yogurt to Ease an Itchy Bottom

    It can sometimes be difficult to figure out the cause of an itchy bottom, and without a clear diagnosis, treatment can also be challenging. One woman came up with an ingenious--if potentially messy--s…

    By: Joe Graedon December 8, 2014 25 Comments
    Old-Fashioned Face Cream Soothes Itchy Bottom

    Q. I've been plagued with external hemorrhoids for years. They weren't particularly painful, but the itch was unbelievable and kept me awake at night. I tried every hemorrhoid cream on the market, si…

    By: Terry Graedon August 4, 2014 22 Comments
    Unorthodox Home Remedies Ward Off Chiggers or Ea…

    Chiggers are the bane of berry pickers, hikers, gardeners and farmers. These tiny, almost invisible mites hang out in grasslands, forests, parks and around berry bushes. They have been called red bugs…

    By: Terry Graedon June 2, 2014 33 Comments
    Hot Air From Blow-Dryer Can Ease Itching From Ch…

    Q. Our backyard backs up to the woods and we have a huge chigger problem every year. Here's my remedy for the terrible itching. If you try this, be very careful and don't burn yourself. I turn a hair …

    By: Terry Graedon November 25, 2013 6 Comments
    Preparation H to Stop an Old Scar from Itching

    Q. I had a lumpectomy 15 years ago. The scar still itches and is painful at times. Do you know of any remedies? A. One implausible-sounding approach is the original-formula hemorrhoid ointment, Prepar…

    By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2013 121 Comments
    Cetirizine (Zyrtec) Withdrawal & Unbearable…

    "So glad to come across all these posts online and realize what is happening. I have been on Zyrtec (cetirizine) for 10+ years. I originally was put on this antihistamine because I was experiencing hi…

    By: Terry Graedon December 7, 2010 11 Comments
    Lavender Oil Eased Persistent Itch

    Q. I had a localized rash on my back (about 2 inches by 4 inches) for 15 years. It itched and became inflamed if I scratched it. A dermatologist called it "notalgia paresthetica" and said there is no …

    By: Terry Graedon July 5, 2010 15 Comments
    Hot Water for Itches

    Q. I am a mosquito magnet. The only thing that eases the itch is to put my poor bitten legs under hot running water. Tap water is hot enough. After I have been out feeding the mosquitoes, I just come …

    By: Joe Graedon August 28, 2008 19 Comments
    Hot Water Eases Itching

    Q. Let me add to a recent article describing the benefits of applying a hot water compress to subdue severe itching. I suffer with terrible and prolonged itching from fire ant bites (usually bitten wh…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2005 124 Comments
    Hot Water for Itches

    We discovered this technique in the book Dermatology: Diagnosis and Treatment* and have been using it ever since we wrote it up in the first edition of "The People's Pharmacy®." Moderate itching (…

    By: Joe Graedon April 15, 2002 0 Comments
    Secret Language Divides Doctors And Patients

    Once upon a time anyone who wanted to be a doctor had to study Latin. It was the language of learning. It also created a mystique that patients could not penetrate. It's been decades since Latin was r…