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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
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
I started to use Chloropyramine topical cream for releiving the itching from contact dermatitis on chest. is it good antihistamine cream for it?
Oral is better: It is not uncommon for topical application of antihistamines to cause sensitization reactions and to develop allergy to the antihistamine. A batter choice is to use the antihistamine orally and to apply calamine lotion to the area, If it is a true contact dermatitis the only effective way to eliminate the rash is with topical steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it bad to take an antihistamine during a cold, i.e. does suppressing mucus make the cold last longer?
No value: Antihistamines have no value in the treatment of viral illnesses. ...Read more