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What can I do to relieve the itching from my eczema?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Oral antihistamines

Eczema is an inflammatory disorder driven by excessive histamine release, much like asthma and hay fever.
Taking oral antihistamines, such as Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec, will blunt the inflammatory response as a result of histamine release, thereby reducing the itching sensation. This is, of course, in addition to proper dry skin care with routine use of moisturizers.

In brief: Oral antihistamines

Eczema is an inflammatory disorder driven by excessive histamine release, much like asthma and hay fever.
Taking oral antihistamines, such as Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec, will blunt the inflammatory response as a result of histamine release, thereby reducing the itching sensation. This is, of course, in addition to proper dry skin care with routine use of moisturizers.
Dr. Karen Han
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Dr. Yoram Padeh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Moisturizers

Treating eczema involves a three-pronged approach: 1) most importantly the skin must be kept moisturized at all times.
Reapply moisturizers to the skin as often as necessary - 2, 5, 20, or 100 times daily if necessary! 2) treat flares with topical steroids. Ask your doctor for specific treatment directions. 3) avoid triggers. This includes foods (children mostly) and chemicals (detergents).

In brief: Moisturizers

Treating eczema involves a three-pronged approach: 1) most importantly the skin must be kept moisturized at all times.
Reapply moisturizers to the skin as often as necessary - 2, 5, 20, or 100 times daily if necessary! 2) treat flares with topical steroids. Ask your doctor for specific treatment directions. 3) avoid triggers. This includes foods (children mostly) and chemicals (detergents).
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