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Which antihistamine is best for itching ( eczema ) ?

Which antihistamine is best for itching ( eczema ) ?

Several choices: While just about any oral antihistamine will help the itching associated with eczema, I have good results with Cetirizine (zyrtec). For children with significant itching at night, i'll use Atarax (hydroxyzine) as it helps itching and causes drowsiness to help them sleep. While Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is inexpensive and will help, it lasts about 6 hours and some people have drowsiness and slow reaction time. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more


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Can I use a small amount of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on my 6 month old. She is scratching a lot. I took her to the pediatrician who said it was contact eczema but now her face is itching too?

Can I use a small amount of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) on my 6 month old. She is scratching a lot. I took her to the pediatrician who said it was contact eczema but now her face is itching too?

Cetirizine (Zyrtec): The recommended dose of cetirizine (Zyrtec) for use in children 6 months to 23 months is 2.5mg (half teaspoon) one per day. Benadryl not indicated 6 month olds. In addition, contact your pediatrician and tell them the symptoms are persisting. Give lukewarm baths and moisturize her skin afterwards, avoid frequent baths, keep her fingernails trimmed short, cotton clothing, and remove irritants ...Read more

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My Baby is 2 and a half and has really bad eczema on her arms, neck, and now her face. Can I apply benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream to help with the itching?

My Baby is 2 and a half and has really bad eczema on her arms, neck, and now her face. Can I apply benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream to help with the itching?

No do not use: benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream.. Get some aveeno oatmeal bath packets and put her in the bathtub with one of these packets dissolved to soothe the itch. They should help a lot. You can also use 1% hydrocortisone cream twice a day on lesions. These may help a bit. See her Dr. for something stronger. ...Read more

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Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help relieve itching from dyshidriotic excema - it itches so bad, right in between my fingers :p?

Can Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help relieve itching from dyshidriotic excema - it itches so bad, right in between my fingers :p?

NO!!!!!: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a sleeping pill. It will make you sleepy. Even if you do not feel sleepy you are prone to accidents, same as alcohol. It will do nothing for your itch or your dermatitis. A potent steroid cream or gel will help you & is safe. Sometimes a few doses of oral steroid are useful, such as Prednisone 20mg alternate days for 3-5 doses. Usually it responds to clobetasol cream. ...Read more

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Itches near genitals, could be eczema?

Itches near genitals, could be eczema?

Likely fungal : Young males with itching near the genitals is often a fungal infection ("jock itch"). You can try an over the counter medication. Eczema is also possible if you have a history of eczema. ...Read more

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Possible to develop eczema from wedding rings? Have two stripes of red, bumpy skiin where my rings usually are, itches a lot.

Possible to develop eczema from wedding rings? Have two stripes of red, bumpy skiin where my rings usually are, itches a lot.

Wedding Ring Allergy: An allergic reaction to your wedding ring, a condition officially known as wedding ring dermatitis, causes the skin underneath to become red, itchy and dry. While the rash may be a true allergy to platinum, it can also be an allergic reaction to nickel contained in the ring or a skin irritation from trapped residue between the ring and the skin. A dermatologist help determine the cause. ...Read more

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Does taking antihistamine help with eczema?

Does taking antihistamine help with eczema?

Yes you scratch less: Antihistamines are one of the important medications that we use for eczema or atopic dermatitis. The condition starts with itching, which leads to scratching, which causes a rash to develop, and then there is more itching and a vicious cycle ensues. Antihistamines are used to decrease the itching. Sedating antihistamines can be used at night to help decrease scratching while asleep. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why eczema itches and burns badly?

Can you please tell me why eczema itches and burns badly?

Neuro-cutaneous: Eczema is an inflammatory disease and as such the superficial nerves associated with affected eczema skin areas are stimulated causing the sensations of burning and/or itch. ...Read more

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My 6 month old baby has eczema, he scratches real bad. What can I do to stop or decrease the itches?

My 6 month old baby has eczema, he scratches real bad. What can I do to stop or decrease the itches?

Consider allergy: Eczema in infants is often associated with food allergy. Finding out what foods to avoid by allergy testing may help to eliminate or dramatically improve the rash and itch. ...Read more

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My daughter 2 years constantly itches her head but no dendruff or eczema, changed several shampoos. What can it be?

My daughter 2 years constantly itches her head but no dendruff or eczema, changed several shampoos. What can it be?

Head lice? ringworm?: Itchy scalp can mean many things, including treatable causes, such as head lice (pediculosis capitis) or ringworm (tinea capitis. I would start by bringing your daughter to see her doctor, who may find a treatable cause, or may recommend therapeutic shampoos for conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, or creams for eczema. ...Read more

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I have a red rash on my left side that itches tried vassilene. I also have a skin condition like eczema but starts with a K. What could it be??

I have a red rash on my left side that itches tried vassilene. I also have a skin condition like eczema but starts with a K. What could it be??

Keratosis pilaris: there is really no way to tell you exactly what you have, without seeing it. So you should make an appointment with the dermatologist to see if you have some type of eczema which can be treated nicely. One condition, call keratosis pilaris, can be treated in some cases. ...Read more

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My face has red splotches and itches but burns when i sweat. Is this eczema or rosecea? I went to the dermatologist but the 1%meds don't work

My face has red splotches and itches but burns when i sweat. Is this eczema or rosecea? I went to the dermatologist but the 1%meds don't work

Have it re-evaluated: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


Dr. Paul Carter
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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more