video Stops Any Type of Itching Fast!
Applying high heat with a common hair dryer generates pain which neutralizes any itch instantly. Pain stops as soon as the heat is removed, and the itch is gone. Works anywhere on the body, including private areas.
tafelice3 years ago
I have done the hair dryer itch thing and it works. pretty long relief. I had moderate area poison ivy (or oak or sumac who the heck knows) and I combine first the hair dryer and then after a minute I sprayed it with extra hold hair spray. I get a couple of hours of no itching and I just respray. CAREFUL not to reverse the order as you might light yourself on fire, but at least there is good info on burn control, just kidding, DON'T light yourself on fire.

Thanks to the presenter for bringing the hair dryer thing to instructables.
Scott_Tx7 years ago
Kind of overkill for a video. Blow dry the itch till it hurts. the end.
what should he have done? an entire instructable?
Shyrric6 years ago
Isopropyl alcohol (just a dab) works great on flea bites. I've yet to test it on other forms of itchiness. It burns like a mother****er if it gets into an open wound, though, so I'd definitely pass on itchy papercuts with this.
kettir7 years ago
Another method of applying heat, useable for poison ivy, is to use hot water. I have used a sink sprayer attachment to apply water as hot as I could stand it (but DO NOT SCALD YOURSELF, it doesn't help!) At first it stings, then it feels weird (my theory is that the nerve endings are shorting out at this point) and then you can stop treatment. You can get hours of relief from poison ivy with this method. It really works.
in addition, appling hot water to skin would make the toxics from the ivy more apt to spreading.
Johnny_B_Good (author)  kettir7 years ago
IMHO, hot water is too dangerous and hard to use on small spots. Try a hot hairdyer and see what you think about it. There is no chance of "scalding" with a hair dryer.
dchall87 years ago
I read this when it was first posted and had an opportunity to test it today. Seemed to work on a mosquito bite I got. I wonder if the heat cooks the enzymes that cause the itch. That's the only thing that makes sense to me.
robots1997 years ago
This must work but I will not try it because you hurt yourself to just stop a simple itch. Just to tell you, Pinching the itch while hairdrying it works the best. 4/5 stars
BTW welcome to instructibles and great first instructible!