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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Yes: It can be helpful for insect bites & poison ivies.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Bentkover
46 years experience in Facial Plastic Surgery
Calamine: I use it. If there are blisters, it is a second degree burn. In that case you need to see an md.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
There is a calamine: product called Lacto Calamine Sun Shield Daily Use Sunscreen SPF 30 that can be used for that purpose. I do not know how effective regular calamine lo ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Jackson
29 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Yes: Calamine solution is good for itchy rashes.
A 6-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Try: You can try it, but most topicals don't help and taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or atarax may work better. It does coat the area so you are less li ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Rash: Calamine will hydrate the skin and soothe it, Hydrocortisone will treat the inflammation, they both help in different ways.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Sure: The best thing I have found for insect bites is slice of onion on the bite...Now this may not be ok if the bite is near the meatus or pee hole. In gen ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
24 years experience in Dermatology
Different source: Calamine is usually a combination of a zinc and an iron oxide. It is helpful as a topical anti-itch treatment. Chamomile comes from certain plants an ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Calamine: Calamine won't fix the underlying problem. It might be a little drying. Wouldn't be the first choice for heat rash but might help to manage symptoms.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience in Pediatrics
Poison ivy: Poison ivy oil produces a severe from of irritation on the skin that needs aggressive treatment to control its symptoms. High-potency steroid creams a ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
No: No it does not.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
70 years experience in Dermatology
CALAHIST LOTION: CALAHIST LOTION IS CALAMINE LOTION WITH MANY MORE, EXTRA INGREDIENTS. UNNECESSARY IN MY HUMBLE OPINION.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience in Family Medicine
Topical steroids: A cortisone cream is often useful to treat poison oak (which is related to poison ivy). Some people report that bathing affected areas with a mild ble ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
40 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
No: Caladryl has Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in it but calamine does not. Do not use caladryl or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) lotion on your skin because th ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Novick
42 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Calamine or: Maybe even take an oatmeal bath ...As an allergist i would say never use caladryl for anything.....Maybe take Allegra (fexofenadine) daily for a few d ... Read More
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Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
21 years experience in Pediatrics
Hydrocortisone 1% cr: For bug bites I would use otc hydrocortisone 1% cream for itching. Avoid the face if possible.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ebner
17 years experience in Dermatology
Sarna: Over-the-counter anti-itch creams are everywhere and some are better than others. Sarna is topical pramoxine and can be quite helpful in alleviating ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Candace Spann
20 years experience in Dermatology
Not really: Calamine lotion is good for drying up itchy spots. You would be better off using benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations.
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Carter
29 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Not very helpful: Topical steroids are not very effective for hives due to the mechanism involved. Hives move around, so you will just end up chasing them with the cre ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: As do steariod creams otc of 1% or it may be .1%. I always keep some on hand. Works fast and no color or staining, easy and safe to use if ur sure the ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
24 years experience in Dermatology
Probably so: Cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) is a combination of a steroid and a topical antibiotic. The steroid is probably the component th ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Zimmerman
25 years experience in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Possibly: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help calm down the itch a bit but will not make them go away quicker. Time usually does the trick here...Oh yeah, and s ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Get a real Rx: Calamine lotion will disappoint you. Topical benzoyl peroxide is your best over-the-counter remedy. If this does not clear you in two weeks, see your ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
27 years experience in Family Medicine
No: No.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
21 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Yes: Yes it's fine.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
36 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
For poison ivy?: Since it is summer, & guessing by the way you phrase your question, you are asking what is the best way to treat allergic contact dermatitis. Cala ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
70 years experience in Dermatology
LACTO CALAMINE: LACTO CALAMINE IS NOT A STEROID
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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
19 years experience in Pediatrics
Zinc oxide...: Zinc oxide toxicity is possible with calamine lotion ingestion (in large amounts). Contact poison control immediately at 1-800-222-1222 to assess ris ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Not sure what you are treating. The cream works best to relieve itchy insect bites. The pill is for more systemic allergies. You can use them together ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
41 years experience in Plastic Surgery
It can: Some people have such a mild or no reaction that they need nothing at all. Some people have more itching and cortisone cream can really help but it s ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Allergy: Just allergy to any of the individual components, which is rare.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Monib Zirvi
20 years experience in Dermatology
Steroid side effects: Calamine usually does not cause skin side effects other than irritation in rare cases. Steroids can cause skin atrophy, lightening of the skin and str ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kim Kuhar
Dr. Kim Kuhar answered
33 years experience in Internal Medicine
Allergic reaction: This is likely an allergic reaction to something, could be a medicine or food or detergent, soap, etc. Usually something new that you are exposed to . ... Read More
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