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If a red, itchy rash with no contact triggers improves with antihistamines (claritin (loratadine) or low dose doxepin) does that mean it is probably eczema?
Itchy rash: Antihistamines control the itch, whether it is eczema or not, the mechanism of itching is common to a number of rashes and antihistamines only help with the end result but not with the cause. To have a proper diagnosis, you need to have yourself evaluated by a dermatologist or allergist. ...Read more
My wife has graves disease (well controlled) and seasonal allergies. Does her condition preclude the use of antihistamines? Claritin (loratadine) 't enough.
No, it doesn't: If the graves disease is well controlled (an autoimmune thyroid disorder), then treatment of other conditions such as allergies is not a problem. Perhaps, i would avoid decongestants such as pseudo Ephedrine that are often added to the antihistamine, because it cause rapid pulse, palpitations. If Claritin (loratadine) not helpful, worth trying others, such as zyrtec, allegra, allerest, (but not with the 'd'). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I see there is no way to cure eczema, but how much do antihistamines like claritin, (loratadine) clarinex, or zyrtec help prevent eczema?
Eczema - cure: Eczema can go away if it is caused by something like a food or chemical but it requires a thorough investigation by a allergist or dermatologist. Some hereditary forms cannot be cured but only controlled by medications. Antihistamines help to reduce itching but cannot cure this condition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you still need to take antihistamines such as Claritin or zyrtec if you are using nasacort (triamcinolone)?
Yes: Antihistamines are well tolerated even when the dose is doubled. ...Read more
Claritin (loratadine) is the only antihistamine who does not make me tired, but it makes me even hyper. Normal? What should I do?
How many weeks does it take for claritin (loratadine) 10mg to work? How long should I give it a try before deciding to switch to a different antihistamine?
A few hours: Claritin (loratadine) should start working within a couple of hours. If it doesn't not help at all, then switching to another won't do you much good. If it does help somewhat, then you may try the other alternatives which may possess more antihistamine effect than Claritin (loratadine). ...Read more