Remedies for an itchy back include using a skin-barrier repair moisturizer; taking an oatmeal bath; and nonprescription, 1 percent hydrocortisone cream, according to WebMD. Other remedies are doctor-prescribed creams and wearing loose comfortable clothing.
Dry skin makes itching worse, so keeping itchy areas well moisturized helps alleviate itchiness. WebMD suggests that individuals use CeraVe or TriCeram moisturizers. Mixing a hydrocortisone cream with a regular moisturizer helps treat larger areas, such as the back, arms and legs.
Taking an oatmeal bath involves wrapping one cup of oatmeal in a cotton cloth and boiling it to cook. The oatmeal filled cloth is used as a sponge in tepid bath water without any soap. Commercial products, such as Aveeno Colloidal Oatmeal bath, also work. Another treatment option is to use an over-the-counter antihistamine, such as Benadryl or Claratin, says WebMD. It is also recommended to avoid scratching itchy areas, as it can result in damage to the skin.
Applying a cool compress is another method to alleviate itching, according to Mayo Clinic. Avoiding stress is also helpful, as stress may make itching worse. Stress-reduction methods include meditation, yoga, counseling and behavior therapy. It is also suggested to avoid soaps with lots of dyes and perfumes.