Acupressure and acupuncture
Over-the-counter and prescription steroid creams “work within a few days to relieve itch,” says Silverberg. Dosage and frequency vary, though ideally, topical steroids are applied no more than twice a day because they can thin the skin. Silverberg may have a patient try a low-dose OTC cream and a thick moisturizer. If those don’t help, she’ll prescribe increasingly stronger dosages of a steroid cream until she finds one that works. “Often, a doctor will start with a midstrength dose; areas that don’t improve might then be treated with a stronger one,” she says.