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A 35-year-old female asked:

Hi, i've been taking cetrizine, loratadine and fexafenadine daily for a ? allergic eczema, but still itchy, sore / red/ swollen eyes and mouth. help

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See your doctor: You should not be taking 3 antihistamines at the same time. It is time to see a doctor and get a prescription treatment and make sure there is not another cause.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Eczema: Try using aveeno oatmeal baths and creams to control your itching. One antihistamine should be sufficient to control your itching. See a dermatologist to determine cause of itching.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Eczema: Can be well controlled with moderate to high potency prescription topical steroids , depending on the severity. Use skin cleansers and moisturizers to keep your skin hydrated. Swelling of the eyes and mouth warrants an allergy work up. You may need a script for Atarax (hydroxyzine) instead of the antihistamines you have taken to help with your symptoms for now.Talk to your doctor for allergy referral
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Avoid triggers/tests: Allergy testing will help to determine the underlying cause of the reaction. If you notice certain triggers of the reaction, such as pollen, avoidance of the trigger is helpful. Dust and pillow covers, a HEPA filter unit and avoiding pet dander are part of the management. I would also suggest rinsing your eyes with saline to rinse away any particles which may be triggering a reaction.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
See allergist: It is time for you to consult an allergist since antihistamines alone are unlikely to solve your problem. Eczema requires regular use of moisturizer especially after bathing (due to a defect which leads to excessive loss of water from the skin) and patients with eczema often have staph on their skin making the eczema worse. It is time to see an allergist. Hydrocortisone cream may help the rash.

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