Treat an Itchy Skin Rash by Knowing The Cause

Every disease is somehow annoying and can cause a lot of discomfort. An itchy skin rash  is no exception, and can even be a little concerning.

Most of us want to know what is causing itchy skin and how to fix it.

When to See a Doctor?

Of course, no advice you find on the Internet is going to be as good as your doctor’s advice. If you follow all of the home remedies for itchy skin, and over-the-counter treatments, and the rash doesn’t clear up you should probably see your doctor.

If your itchy skin rash spreads or you start to run a fever with your rash don’t hesitate to make an appointment.

Treatments Depend on What Causes Itchy Skin Rash

There are plenty of causes for itchy skin with and without a rash. How you treat itchy skin will depend on the cause.

Let’s take a look at some of the different reasons for dry, itchy skin and how to clear it up.


Sunburn Itchy Skin Rash
Please use protective sunscreen when you are exposed to the sun!

It is really common for people to have itchy skin after sun exposure.

The sun’s rays are ultraviolet radiation that causes sunburn, a small radiation burn on the skin.

Unless your sunburn is severe, to the point of blistering, you can treat this at home. One of the best at home remedies for sunburn is Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera will hydrate the skin without leaving a lot of residue after use.


Dermatitis is a fancy word for a reaction on the skin.

Often, itchy skin WITHOUT a rash is a form of dermatitis, but in some cases dermatitis can also cause itchy skin WITH rash.

If you have itchy skin with rash, you may want to try some cortisone cream. Hydro-cortisone is a topical antihistamine and is superb at taking away the itch.


Eczema is a type of rash classified by dry and bumpy skin.

In severe forms, Eczema may require doctor’s attention. Smaller cases of Eczema can be treated at home using skin protectants.

A cream like Aquaphor or petroleum jelly puts a protective layer on the skin, preventing it from getting more wind damage or drying out. Try using this before worrying about your Eczema rash.

Dry Skin

One of the most common reasons to have itchy skin without a rash is dry skin.

There are plenty of over-the-counter moisturizers that you can use to help alleviate itchy skin caused by dryness. Depending on your preference, you can get scented lotions, creams or thick petroleum jelly.

Or maybe you should start by looking at remedies for dry skin first.

If you prefer a more natural solution for itchy skin, you can use coconut oil or olive oil.

Bug Bites

I live in Georgia, in the swamp. The main reason that I get itchy skin rash is from scratching after bug bites. Whether it’s fire ants, mosquitoes, or sand flies it seems that something is always biting me.

I use over-the-counter antihistamines to help with this itchy skin. I also use Epson salt soaks and preventative treatments like bug spray. Hopefully, there aren’t as many bugs where you live.


Allergies can cause itchy skin with or without rash.

If you have an allergic reaction, you may get hives. Hives are blotches of raised red skin that can cover part or all of your body.

With a small case of hives, you can use an antihistamine like Benadryl to try and treat it at home. Severe allergic reactions may mean you need to visit your doctor.

Don’t Scratch Itchy Skin Rashes

One of the worst things that you can do for dry, itchy skin rash is to scratch it.

You may have come into contact with something like poison ivy or poison oak. Then scratching at your rash will only cause it to spread.

Even in cases of bug bites and dermatitis, scratching at your itchy skin will cause inflammation and make the itch worse.

This may sound silly, but if you really have an itch, try slapping the rash. Slapping is better for your skin than scratching because you are not using sharp nails that cause small cuts to the skin.

Your nails have a lot of bacteria underneath them even if they look clean. Tapping your skin instead of scratching can help alleviate the itch without causing secondary infections (gross).


Now you know some of the reasons that you may have an itchy skin rash. What are some of the best ways that you have found to get rid of your itchy skin rash?


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