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Antihistamine Anti Itching Medication
My butt itches so much. Its skin goes dark with chicken skin like as you see on my profile photo. I tried antihistamine but doesn't work. So confused?
Husband quit drinking alcohol a month ago and skin itches, keeps him up at night even when taking antihistamine. Related to quitting drinking?
Not expected.: Alcohol usually worsens itching unless one has drunk oneself into a semi-stupor. Not all itching is induced by histamine and thus it may not work at all. Dry skin is the most common cause for itching without a rash, consider applying a moisturizer <3 mins after bathing to see if this helps. Make sure that no new medication or supplement was introduced shortly before the onset of itching. ...Read more
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
I'm currently getting patch tested for contact dermatitis. Can i take an antihistamine to relieve itching, or will that interfere with the test?
Yes: You can take antihistamines while getting patch tested as it does not significantly affect the reaction. ...Read more
Yes and no: Antihistamines, as their name implies, effectively treat itching caused by histamine released from immune cells. This includes allergies, but also other disorders that cause histamine release, like chronic hives or mastocytosis. Itching from other causes, like liver disease or disorders of the nerves, typically does not respond to antihistamines. Talk with your doctor for more info. ...Read more
Any type: diphenhydramine or cetirizine, might be better than others in this instance, but if your voice gets hoarse, you become short of breath or lightheaded, still take the antihistaminic and go to ER, but don't drive yourself, get somebody to drive you or call 911, at any rate if you have angioedema you need to see an allergist, check aaaai.org or acaa.org for an allergist in your area ...Read more
Dryness?: Good morning, itching after bath is a very common symptom in many especially in those with atopic dermatitis. Water from skin, when evoporates after you come out of shower, draws energy needed for conversion from water to vapor state from the cells of skin causing irritation of nerve endings, and itching results. Apply cereve moisturizing cream on whole body after bath daily. ...Read more
Itching in different body parts unrelated to food or indoor/outdoor areas. This might sit for few hours and sometimes I take antihistamines. ?
If all antihistamines work for generalized itching, is it then not caused by an systematic disease or anything serious? Im a hypocondr and often itch.
Possibly: Dry skin by far is the most common cause of generalized itching. Try using unscented lotion soap and apply a moisturizer immediately after bathing. If this does not work, then check with your doctor to check out for other potential conditions. Antihistamine works for some conditions but only when it is mediated by histamine. ...Read more