Relieve The Most Intense Itching With A Hair Dryer

Heat to relieve itch hair dryer

There’s nothing worse than having an itch that can’t be satisfied.  If given the choice, I’d rather be in a medically induced coma than incur insatiable itching.  OK, maybe that’s a bit extreme but seriously, when itching is intolerable and nothing makes it go away, there’s not much you can do but obsess and feel miserable. Despite endless searching on the internet, I’ve never come across a solution that relieves intense itching when all home remedies, prescriptions, and over the counter medications fail.  Recently, I accidentally discovered something (totally free) that works to stop itching and it works MIRACULOUSLY!

Before I share this super weird tip, let me remind you that I’m not a doctor!   And I’m pretty sure no doctor would say “oh yes!  try that”.   Certainly, no doctor of mine has ever suggested I try this.  Anyhow, there’s my disclaimer.  Proceed at your own risk!

Now, for the good stuff!  The secret weapon is a hair dryer and that’s ALL you need.

Hair dryer heat relieve itching

I swear this is crazy but I discovered it by accident while torturing myself to relieve itching from a terrible rash.  Later I found that if I searched hair dryer and itch relief, interesting articles came up with a lot of comments from others that know the secret.  I thought I was the first to discover it but it’s been out there and working for people for years!  All I can say is, this has helped me during times I could barely tolerate how my skin felt and nothing relieved it.  Not even the most potent corticosteroids.  But the hair dryer?  A life-altering miracle solution!

Using heat to relieve itching has been widely discussed.  There are a several theories as to why it works.  I’ve read the heat induces pain which blocks the nerve pathway for itching.  There’s another theory that the heat can destroy proteins that are causing itching.  And a really interesting one posted by a medical student stated the heat causes the mast cells at inflammation sites to release all their histamines immediately (as opposed to their normal gradual release) and the itching subsides until the cells can build up their histamine levels again.   Whatever the situation, the heat from the hair dryer relieves itching!  It blows away hydrocortisone, triamcinolone, clobetasol (super potent), benadryl. aloe vera, Calamine, you name it!  Nothing beats the heat!  It’s absolutely amazing!

How To Relieve Itching With Heat From A Hair Dryer

  • Turn on the hair dryer and set it on the high heat setting.
  • Aim the hair dryer directly at the invasion site (A couple inches away)
  • Hold the hair dryer aimed at the itchy zone until the skin gets very hot but don’t burn yourself.   This is the important step – the heat has to be intense enough to cause sharp pain for just a fraction of a second.
  • Right when you feel pain from the intense heat and can’t take it, quickly pull the dryer away.
  • Repeat this process for 2 – 10 minutes and cover every area of itchy skin.
  • Wait for the skin to cool off and the itching should vanish.  If not, you may need to repeat the process
  • For additional relief at a very persistent spot of itching, apply ice to the area.

You may notice when the skin starts to heat up, it feels intensely itchy.  Like crazy insane itching!  Does this support the theory that cells are dumping histamines?  I don’t know!  But the itch from the initial heat is almost intolerable.  Just keep going!  As the area gets real hot, it begins to feel satisfying, and finally the pain of the near burn, wipes out the the itch for about 8 hours.  I’ve read this is not a good solution for poison  ivy but it works for mosquito bites, chigger bites, any insect bite, fungal infections, bacterial infections, Grovers spots, polymorphic light eruption (PMLE), and so much more.  It works beautifully on PMLE flare ups!

I don’t know what to say other than this solution really works!  I suffer from PMLE and the hair dryer stops the itching right away when nothing else will!  Just don’t burn yourself.   Now that I have my hair dryer to relieve itching everything is fantastic!  Have you tried this or heard of it before?  Share your thoughts and other miraculous discoveries you may know about below!

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45 thoughts on “Relieve The Most Intense Itching With A Hair Dryer

  1. I’ve been using the hair dryer technique for years. The relief is almost orgasmic, and I realize it’s bad for your skin, but the relief is worth it. The funny thing is, when the hair dryer no longer feels good, I know my skin has gotten better. I have psoriasis but the intense itchiness is caused by food allergies. I found coconut oil also is helpful.

  2. I do this too! Glad to see there are other people who have discovered it too. Now I’ll admit that I know it’s not the best solution in the long term but it sure beats scratching.

  3. I’ve had eczema/sensitive skin since I was a child, and have been using heat to relieve the itching for years. most often I use intensely hot water but anything that gets sufficiently hot (radiators, electric fires, hair and hand dryers) will do if needed! As others have said the relief when it kicks in, just before it starts to burn and you have to remove it quickly, is almost orgasmic! I consider it my guilty secret pleasure when the itching becomes too unbearable.

    I’m aware the water especially isn’t at all good for my dry skin, but I consider it the lesser of two evils compared to scratching it raw until it bleeds!

    1. It’s the craziest sensation isn’t it? The way it builds up just before it would burn is the most satisfying ever! You described it perfectly. Ice really really helps with itching too. But it doesn’t stop it for hours like the heat does.

      1. I too discovered this out of sheer desperation. Went to the doctor and they sent a sample to the lab but a week later had no help or answer for me so all I could do was pray and try whatever the Lord would draw my attention to. I believe when the cells that cause the discomfort get too hot they explode and are no more until more grow. Have you ever wondered what would happen to us had we never found this solution? Thank the good Lord Almighty, our Father in heaven for opening our understanding to this when He sent us the message.

        1. I’ve Been Doing that for several Years Now! It is the Only Way to relieve Severe itch!! And I mean Anywhere ! It truly can be extremely satisfying right before it gets too hot…. It Truly DOES WORK!!!!! I thought I was the only Person who Used this Method .. but I am so Glad I stumbled upon it… and it doesn’t rip up your skin like scratching does!!! I Say 10 thumbs up!!

    2. I tried to explain to someone how good it feels, orgasmic made eyebrows raise however that is exactly it. The itch is so strong almost like you are scratching it intensely and boom, done, no more itch. works on plant rashes too for me at least oak and ivy

  4. I saw it mentioned on social media, tried it, and it works! Found you by doing a search to try and figure out WHY it works.

    1. I don’t know why! A medical student wrote an article about how the heal causes mast cells to release the histamines? I don’t know. I can’t explain it but it works!!

  5. I have been doing this method for about a year now and also having hot showers to relief that itch but this is very bad for your skin, especially if you have eczema, which I have! It makes it ten times worse and i sometimes get a mild case of hives. My advice to relieve the itch is to have a cool shower, use sensitive body wash and moisturise with a water based cream. Burning yourself to relieve itchiness becomes very addicting and hard to stop doing. So please do not do this if you have sensitive skin! xx

  6. i was allergic to poison ivy/oak/sumac growing up and i started doing this as a kid. It worked for me on poison ivy every time and didnt spread it. gave me about 2 hours of relief

    1. I know, it’s the weirdest thing but it has saved me completely. I’m glad it works for you too!! Sorry for the delayed response, been so busy with work and travel but catching up. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. I have been doing this for quit a while. Nothing else seems to help but this truly does. Thanks.

    1. It’s kind of weird isn’t it? It was an accident that I figured it out. I find the extreme heat or icing the area is the only thing that stops of the itching! Some medical student posted somewhere on line that it had something to do with the way mast cells store and release histamines. I don’t know if there’s anything truth in it but something physiological happens because the heat helps! =)


      1. OMG! Same thing…I was trying to dry one of my excema creams w my hair dryer in and the heat totally helped! I have been struggling with this unbearable itching for over a year. Although not permanent; it does give some great relief! thank you 🙏

        1. It’s the strangest thing. I discovered it by accident too and it actually provides hours of relief. If only they could up with something prescription or over the counter that does the same thing. I haven’t ever found anything. Have you?

      2. Used this method for years. Also find hot water a major relief….but I also get an intense rush as I do it. Cant explain it, it’s like a small intense high.

  8. This works so well…I had read that a guy who had Herpes would use his Hair Dryer on any outbreak on his butt for a few seconds and it would stop the outbreak dead in its tracts! many critters and skin conditions have a limit to the temperature that they can live in and at some point they have to die! Some lasers are now being used and they are killing toe fungus with lasers…But just like most advanced Tech stuff they don’t want us to know about most things b/c the Money is in the treatment not in the cure!

  9. I have been using heat to treat itching for years now. However I usually use hot water to apply heat to the area that is itching. I have used a hair dryer before, but find that water at the correct temperature works best for me. I get intense itching on my hands and fingers and will scratch right through the skin if I don’t resort the hot water trick. I also suffer from other itching related conditions which I treat with prescription creams, but those haven’t been able to eliminate the condition. So from time to time I have resorted to using the hot water trick to help with the itching.

    1. I have found prescription creams don’t help. Isn’t it crazy all the medical break-throughs and solutions they have but they can’t make a cream to stop itching? I was soaking my feet in hot water just last night because they were itching and I have no idea way! So frustrating! Thanks for stopping in! =)

  10. OMG. Thank you!!!!! I’ve been suffering from bites! Little jerks find me delicious.

  11. I’m a dog groomer and I’m constantly washing dogs with concentrated shampoo, and lately I’ve been getting horrible rashes on my arms and wrist and when I use the high volacity dryer on my arms it feels AMAZING i might look like a weirdo but it really helps with the itching ?

    1. Isn’t that the strangest discovery? It’s like itching it from the inside out! Such relief! For me it helps to stop the itching few a few hours. Does it do the same for you?

  12. Definitely works for poison ivy!!!!! Only gives a couple hours of relief, but it makes a huge difference for sleeping and dealing with it for the worst 3-4 days of the rash.

    1. It’s really a strange isn’t it? But it works. Sometimes I get a few hours and sometimes I get like 6. But if I can 1 hour of relief, I’m thrilled! LOL

      Glad it works for you too! =)

    2. It has saved me from going crazy with poison ivy. Such relief and lasts several hours!!!

      1. I wish there was an explanation somewhere as to why it works but that’s ok! I’ll settle for no medical explanation just as long as it works, right? And it’s absolutely crazy that it works so well! Glad it helped you and I hope you are feeling better now!

  13. I got scabies from the gym–absolute hell! The itching is so intense! I initially used the hair dryer to kill the critters (heat over 120 F kills live itch mites and their eggs) and discovered the almost orgasmic relief from the itching by accident. I don’t know the biology behind it, but it works. Applying Listerine (has mentholated essential oils and high alcohol content) to the scabies rash and letting it soak into skin before using blow dryer was pure heaven during my scabies nightmare, and as a bonus the high heat and alcohol kills the mites and its eggs.

    1. Isn’t it crazy how relieving it is? OMG, the Listerine tip is fantastic! I never got scabies but I had recurring rashes from food allergies. I didn’t know I developed the allergies but the itch was so bad, I honestly became depressed! Ice helps too but I’ve heard scabies is an insane itch. I tried something called Eurex (for scabies) to help with my itching and it didn’t work. Love the blow dryer and that plus Listerine? OMG, heavenly!

  14. i get eczema patches on my arms and legs and after a shower i heat the patches with my hairdryer and it seems to really help!
    i think it must dry them out perhaps but it certainly stops the itching in its tracks

    1. There are some different theories as to why the heat stops the itching. I’m not sure which one is accurate but it works! Isn’t it the weirdest thing? I don’t even know how I accidentally discovered this. Some bizarre alien calling? I don’t know! LOL but it works!

    1. It’s so bizarre! But next time you get a mosquito bite or something, try it. I really don’t know which theory is correct as to why it works, but IT WORKS when absolutely nothing else does.

      1. I accidentally discovered this method few months ago. Honestly it gaves me the orgasmic like relief. Very satisfying. Super satisfying in fact. It does stop the itch for few hours. My legs always felt so itchy after few days of the hair removal. Probably due to the ingrown / growing hair movement, I don’t know. Previously I always scratched the area until the skin bled and that gave pain and temporary scars afterwards. The best way to fight the itch without scratch and hurt the skin is absolutely by aiming the hot hair dryer to the area.
        So glad to find your article and to know that I’m not the only one who use the hair dryer to relieve the itch.

        1. Isn’t weird how it works? I’ve read so many theories about it but not sure of the actual reason. I just know it works! And literally saves me! Did you figure it out by accident or reading somewhere about it? I accidentally figured it out and then looked it up.

          1. This absolutely works!!! I also discovered by accident. I have contact dermatitis and it itches so much!! I wave the hairdryer back and forth over the affected areas….it burns but also gives great relief. If I do it once or twice daily, the rash just seems to dry up!! Histamine release my be what is happening. Whatever it is….it WORKS!!!!

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