Nighttime Itching: Treatments for Intense, Severe Itchy Skin At Night

What Causes Nighttime Itching

  • Medical or psychological issues are what causes severe itchy skin at night.
  • People who sweat or perspire a lot during the night can have extreme itching as they sleep.
  • Eczema or psoriasis conditions can cause pruritus or itchy skin.
  • Emotional problems or stress can cause tortuous and destructive itching that can lead to ripping skin open.
  • Allergens can cause itching. Perfumes or dyes in bedding or laundry soaps can precipitate itching.

Intense, Severe Itchy Skin Treatments

  • It is important to differentiate and determine whether the itch is related to a true medical issue or a psychological or nervous habit.
  • Many times one itchy spot develops into a viscous cycle of excessive itching and scratching at night that can have serious consequences on the skins integrity.
  • Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing can be a beneficial treatment for night time itching, regardless of the cause.
  • If the cause of the itch is due to eczema or psoriasis there are some natural treatments that can provide relief.
  • A warm bath with oatmeal before bed is soothing to red, scaly, patches. Oatmeal naturally helps the body retain water and decreases drying and tightness that precipitates the itching.
  • Vitamin E is excellent for soothing dry and irritated skin. Cool compresses may help the frustrating itchiness.
  • Whether the cause is medical or psychological, oral antihistamines can be helpful to promote rest and decrease the scratching.
  • Chamomile tea at bedtime will help to naturally relax the body and mind.
  • A few drops of lavender oil on your pillow or bedding will calm and soothe the soul.
  • Avoid rough, scratchy materials in night clothing. Cotton is light, soft, and comfortable against the skin.
  • Keep the body hydrated with fresh water to eliminate dry skin.


  1. Yvonne Cooke said:

    I have had nighttime itching for many years. sometimes it goes away for months at a time, then returns for consecutive nights. this itching is all over. Doctors say my physical signs are not causing it.

    February 14, 2012
  2. Yvonne Cooke said:

    It’s almost as if I dread getting into bed. Can lie on the sofa and all is fine, but once I get in bed, the itching starts. There are no Bedbugs.

    February 14, 2012
    • TDR said:

      Since you can sleep well on your sofa, we can rule out hormonal imbalance (estrogen related) problems. Since you have itching problems only when you go to bed, try changing the fabric softener and soap you use to clean the sheets you use in your bed. Also, try changing the type of sheets you are using. It’s probably an allergic reaction or something.

      February 16, 2012
  3. Nancy Luna said:

    I have intense itching only at nighttime for the last 2 months. It is causing me to lose so much sleep I thought it was scabies but my doctor said it wasn’t. Didn’t know what was causing it. When it is time to go to bed it feels like something’s biting me. I surely would like to know what other people are using to get rid of this itching.

    December 11, 2012
    • PUP said:

      If itching begins after you go to bed, then there is strong possibility of bed bugs. We often forget it as a common cause. If it occurs before you go to bed, then there may be some other reason which I am also not aware of. You should check your blood sugar. You should consult a psychologist if all means fail.

      December 11, 2012
  4. VT said:

    During night when I go to bed, there is intense itching all over my genital area. It also occurs during daytime. Few days back I saw red color spots below my thigh.

    April 26, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Itching around genital can be due to various reasons. It can be caused as a result of some fungal infection. It can be due to scabies infection. Too much of sweating around genitals can cause itching. Chafing of skin between the thighs can lead to itching. Ringworm can also cause itching around the area. Since there are many reasons, appropriate diagnosis is essential. It can be done by your doctor after examination. However, certain things in general can be followed.
      • Wear loose clothing.
      • Change your undergarments two times in a day.
      • Avoid scratching and cut your nails short.
      • To get temporary relief from itching apply coconut oil in this area.

      August 9, 2018

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