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I have eczema and i was wondering if taking zyrtec (cetirizine) and singular would help with eczema?

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Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Please see below.: Singulair (montelukast) is only approved for allergies and asthma. Eczema is best managed by using a sensitive skin cleanser, avoiding bathing in very hot water, and using a sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily, even when the rash isn't there. Oral antihistamines and Hydrocortisone ointment can help as well. If doing this doesn't control it, please see your doctor.
Dr. Paul Carter
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Singular may also help although not FDA approved for eczema.
Jan 27, 2012
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Very little, if any: Singulair (montelukast) has a beneficial effect in asthmatics but not individuals with eczema. Zyrtec, second generation antihistamine, may relieve itching. But again, first generation antihistamine, e.g., atarax, will serve better than zyrtec does.
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
Dermatology 25 years experience
Eczema: Because eczema is not a histamine-related disease antihistamines don't really make the disease flare get better. However, some patients do experience symptom improvement. Also the sedating effect of these meds can clearly help patients sleep a bit better during a flare. Appropriate topical steroids are the best primary treatment for a flare-up.
Dr. Justin Greiwe
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Help with itching: Antihistamines will help with itching associated with eczema. Singulair (montelukast) is not indicated. For best results make sure you are taking good care of your skin with daily moisturization and avoidance of possible triggers. Apply topical steroid creams twice a day for eczema flares until resolved. Make sure to work closely with Allergist or Dermatologist to make sure you are doing all the right things.

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