The winter itch can be terrible. I had such a strong itch attack recently one night that I actually woke up several times to scratch like a mad man. It was driving me crazy and I was not getting my sleep.
Here are a few things I found that worked for me in combating the winter itch.
1. Wear lose clothing. Often in winter we put on a lot of clothes and draw them tight. However, it is best to keep them loose to allow for air circulation.
2. Take cooler showers. In winter, I tend to really crank up the heat in the shower. I have noticed that itching will increase with the hotter shower. So turn it down some. This should help.
3. Wash your hands with less soap. When I had my itch attack the other day, even my hands were itching. I have since used less soap when washing my hands. I will even use cold water and sometimes no soap.
4. Take an allergy pill. Though I am not much of a fan of pharmaceuticals, I took a couple of antihistamine pills before going to bed. After a few good nights, I took it back to one pill. Now I take none as the series of itching nights have ended.
5. Use lotions and oils. After taking a shower in the morning, I put on vitamin E oil and a masculine lotion. I am not into a lot of lotions as I don't like a greasy feel, but oils and lotions will keep your skin healthy and less itchy.