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what can i do to relieve the itching from my eczema?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 23 years experience
Oral antihistamines: Eczema is an inflammatory disorder driven by excessive histamine release, much like asthma and hay fever. Taking oral antihistamines, such as Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec, will blunt the inflammatory response as a result of histamine release, thereby reducing the itching sensation. This is, of course, in addition to proper dry skin care with routine use of moisturizers.
Dr. Yoram Padeh
Allergy and Immunology 22 years experience
Moisturizers: Treating eczema involves a three-pronged approach: 1) most importantly the skin must be kept moisturized at all times. Reapply moisturizers to the skin as often as necessary - 2, 5, 20, or 100 times daily if necessary! 2) treat flares with topical steroids. Ask your doctor for specific treatment directions. 3) avoid triggers. This includes foods (children mostly) and chemicals (detergents).

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A 23-year-old female asked:

What kind of pills can I take to relieve itching from my eczema?

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Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
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