Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
Localized Itching: Unknown Cause
The possible causes are many, including:
The itchy spot is probably due to contact with an irritant
like a plant, chemicals, fiberglass, detergents, new
cosmetic, or new jewelry (called contact dermatitis). Try
to figure out what caused it and avoid this substance in the
Wash the area once thoroughly with soap to remove any
remaining irritants. Thereafter avoid soaps to this area.
Apply cold water compresses or ice for 20 minutes every 3 to
4 hours to reduce itching. Follow this with calamine
lotion. If the itch is more than mild, apply 1%
hydrocortisone cream (no prescription needed) every 2 hours
until it feels better. Encourage your child not to scratch;
cut his fingernails short.
CALL YOUR CHILD'S PHYSICIAN DURING OFFICE HOURS IF:
- The itching becomes severe.
- The rash becomes more than 2 inches in size.
- The rash lasts more than 1 week.
- You have other concerns or questions.