When you have an itch, it’s basically your nerves sending signals to your brain in response to the release of histamine. Histamine is part of your body’s immune system and is released after an injury or an allergic reaction.

When your itch is focused on a specific area — such as your chin — it can be particularly uncomfortable. The good news is that there are ways you can treat an itchy chin.

Here are a few common causes of an itchy chin and how to treat them.

The causes of an itchy chin are usually similar to those of an itchy face. In most cases, an itchy face or chin is caused by something easily treatable. The most common causes of an itch on your chin are:

  • dry skin
  • contact with an irritant
  • allergies
  • facial hair/shaving irritation
  • reaction to a medication

An itchy chin could also be a symptom of a more serious condition such as:

If you have an itchy chin and no rash, you can often relieve the itching by washing the area and applying a nonirritating lotion. However, there are different treatments for each potential cause.

Allergies

If you have any known allergies, your chin itch could have stemmed from contact with the allergen. If you’ve not come in contact with a known allergen, you may be experiencing seasonal allergies or exposure to a new allergen that’s causing the reaction.

Wash your face to remove any remaining traces of the allergen. Stop contact with the allergen immediately and consult a doctor if you have more serious symptoms.

Dry skin

If you have dry skin visible on your chin, the easy remedy is to moisturize the area. Also, avoid taking showers that are too hot. Make sure that you wash your face regularly. If you have started using a new skin product, this may be the cause of the dry skin. You should stop using any new products if your symptoms appeared after using the product.

Drug reactions

If you’ve recently started taking a new prescribed medication or an unfamiliar over-the-counter medication, your itching could be a side effect of the new drug. Some common medications that have been known to cause itching include:

  • aspirin
  • antibiotics
  • opioids

Be sure to look at the listed side effects and consult your doctor if the symptoms persist.

Rash or blemish

A rash on your chin could come in the form of red skin, oozing sores, acne, or hives. If you have a rash or blemish, refrain from scratching it. This can cause infection or further irritate the rash.

For most rashes, you can apply an over-the-counter topical cream — such as nonprescription 1% hydrocortisone cream — to alleviate symptoms. If the rash persists or becomes more serious, consult your doctor. Hydrocortisone should not be used for extended periods of time on the face as it causes the skin to thin.

One of the known warning signs for asthma attacks is itching of the chin. It’s typically accompanied by:

Warning signs of an oncoming asthma attack can appear up to 48 hours before the asthma attack occurs. A study showed that 70% of asthmatic patients experience itching along with their asthma attack.

An itchy chin can be caused by any number of irritants, allergens, or medications. Typically, if you’re experiencing an itchy chin with no rash or visible symptoms, you can treat it by washing and moisturizing.

Consult a doctor if the itching continues for a long period of time or if any additional symptoms occur.