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A 32-year-old female asked:

Pinky tiny pimples-like rashes on the back of both hands & starts to feel itchy after few hours...spreading to arm slowly...can i take cetirizine?

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Dr. Natalie Sieb
Family Medicine 16 years experience
You could but..: a better choice might be diphenhydramine (Benadryl) but the cetirizine is less likely to make you drowsy so you can start with that and if it doesn't work try the diphenhydramine. You can also try 1% hydrocortisone cream that you can get at the store on the rash to see if that alleviates the itching and the spread of the rash.
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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 59 years experience
Contact/irritant: This appears to be a contact or irritant dermatitis. Hydrocortisone cream may help but you need to pinpoint the source. Avoid irritating substances, scented/antibacterial soaps, or excessive hand-washing. If problem persists, see a dermatologist.
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Last updated May 8, 2021


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