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Should I use aqueous cream on an allergic skin rash? Why do they call it aqueous cream?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Yes if it's eczema

Use creams & ointments on eczema.
Lotions & gels contain more alcohol. They soothe & cool the skin by evaporation but evaporation causes dryness. That's the last thing you want in eczema. Creams & ointments trap moisture in the skin - better for eczema. This is less important for contact dermatitis and not at all for hives. Aqueous means ingredients are dissolved in water.

In brief: Yes if it's eczema

Use creams & ointments on eczema.
Lotions & gels contain more alcohol. They soothe & cool the skin by evaporation but evaporation causes dryness. That's the last thing you want in eczema. Creams & ointments trap moisture in the skin - better for eczema. This is less important for contact dermatitis and not at all for hives. Aqueous means ingredients are dissolved in water.
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