Find the cause. Itching or pruritis has many causes, good idea to identify the underlying cause. Best if the cause is identified. Antihistamines are often prescribed.
Antihistamines. The most effective anti-histamines for itching are usually zyrtec orc, Allegra (fexofenadine) orc, or Hydroxyzine rx. They can all be effective.
OTC oral/topical. Skin itch can be treated with topical Cortaid (or any generic Hydrocortisone 1% cream) and/or oral anti-histamines (benedryl, zytrec, allegra, claritin (loratadine)...). Be careful with chronic use of topical steroids: use for short periods of time to prevent skin atrophy ('thinning of the skin'). Get seen if not improved.
Find the cause first. You can control the itch with daily non-sedating antihistamines tablets. If the regular dose doesn't help. Fexofenadine, Loratadine and Cetirizine have been studied upto twice a day to control severe hives. Using a topical cream with 1% Hydrocortisone may also help. Use cetaphil lotion as a bathing "soap". Do not use any other soaps, creams or lotions. If this doesn't help see your primary doctor.
Hydrocortisone. You might try Hydrocortisone cream, which you can get without a prescription.
Depends. It depends on the cause, but over the counter cortisone cream is a reasonable place to start.
Depends on cause. For itching without rash, non-sedating anthistamines like loratadine, Cetirizine or fexofenadine can be helpful and are available without a prescription. If you have a rash, sometimes 1% Hydrocortisone cream can be helpful. It is best to consult your doctor to be sure that the condition is properly diagnosed and treated.
Sure. Mine is itchy right now!
Not often. Abdominal skin itching often accomplanies other skin itching, but by itself may be due to a localized problems such as contact dermatitis or stretch marks.
Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my abdominal skin itching until I can see a doctor?
OTC Rx skin itch. Two otc products may help. The first is a heavy duty moisturizer like eucerin ointment. Almost all skin diseases dry out the skin. Symptoms can be reduced and raw nerve endings soother by replacing the moisture. The 2nd treatment is otc Hydrocortisone cream, which is fairly effective against minor itch, but is not as strong as a doctor would prescribe.
Not necessarily. This is quite a common condition in winter time in the northeast regions. Or anywhere that is cold and dry. When the tempt gets cold and the air is dry, your skin dries out and may crack a bit with movement/stretching, commonly around the belly/sides areas. Avoid hot showers/baths, and use skin lotion regularly. If this resolves the itching, then your problem solved! Good luck.
May be allergy. Abdominal skin itching often accomplanies other skin itching, but by itself may be due to a localized problems such as contact dermatitis or stretch marks.
Any rash? Skin itching is common, and can be chronic or only occur for a short time. You should see your doctor if it has been present for several days or if there is a rash. If you recently started a new medication, that could also be the cause.
Find the cause. Many conditions cause itching. Since you are specific about the abdomen, i'll focus on those that could cause itching there. Commonly recent weight gain can cause itching due to stretched skin. Nickel allergy can cause itching below the belly button due to contact with the metal snaps in jeans. Pressure from tight clothes can cause itching in people with dermatographism. These few come to mind.
Need more info. There are several conditions that come to mind. Itching in the lower abdomen can be caused by nickel contact dermatitis from the snaps of jeans. During pregnancy, could be from stretching of skin, hormone changes, puppp - (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy), liver problems (cholestasis) and any other problems with allergy can also cause abdominal itching.
Abdominal skin itch. Itching is an irritating sensation that leads to the desire to scratch one's skin. Skin is the outermost tissue of the body.
Your tolerance. It depends on the cause of the itch. If it is due to dry skin common in cold weather, using an emollient, skin lotion may take care of it. If there is additional pathology, e, g. Vesicles, discharge, bleeding, you should see your doctor. If it is just itching, you can wait as long as your can tolerate it.