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Calamine Lotion For Hives
So eveytime I scratch myself I break out in really bad hives. And than I can't stop itching until I take calamine lotion. It actually leaves purple?
What is better for a 1 year old calamine lotion or aveeno (oatmeal) anti itch cream. She has a rash/ hives that peak from time to time. How often is it ok to ap?
Avoid calamine: I find this too drying and often aggravates the process. Nothing you put on hives will affect their outcome, it is deep in the skin and triggered by some immune/allergic process. Aveeno (oatmeal) baths help with the itching and a long term antihistamine like zyrtec may help. ...Read more
It is important to determine the cause of the urticarial. For example, if there is a trigger such as certain foods, antibiotics etc. Your physician can order a CAP panel after obtaining a detailed history of possible triggers.
Calamine can be used to soothe the skin, an antihistamine topical lotion can also be used three to four times per day. ...Read more
No need: To keep using if the itch is gone. ...Read more
Not unless allergic: Other than relieving an itch, calamine lotion should not have any effect on the skin. It would be very unusual to be allergic to calamine lotion but it is theoretically possible, so if your skin seems more irritated, red, itchy or uncomfortable after using calamine lotion, stop using it and avoid it in the future. More likely would be effects from whatever rash you were using the calamine to treat. ...Read more
Yes: As do steariod creams otc of 1% or it may be. 1%. I always keep some on hand. Works fast and no color or staining, easy and safe to use if ur sure there is no infection. ...Read more
I don't advise it: I probably just find the stuff revolting because of the smell but don't find it helpful. I think it drys the skin too much & leads to other pbs. I do recommend benedryl lotion applies as needed and an occasional oatmeal bath to deal with the itching. ...Read more
Calamine & Sal Acid: The combination of both topical medications can cause increased dryness or irritation. I would not recommend it. ...Read more
Is Calamine Lotion good for eczema? If so, should I apply other moisturisers before/after/not-at-all?
Calamine tends to: Dry out skin. Keep sunburn cool w moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant & apply sap to skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. Seek medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered. ...Read more
Wash with soap.: Wash with mild soap and water and rinse well. Cover with a clean bandage. ...Read more
Calamine lotion: Calamine is used to help with itching associated with topical allergies, insect bites and such. The medication is effective for around 3-6 hours after application. It is recommended you remove it after that time to avoid dryness and pluging of your pores if you have tendency to have acne in the area you applied it. ...Read more
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