Does anyone use Benadryl or Zyrtec for itchy skin? Or help from a Dr, , nurse or pharmacist?
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Posted: 1/2/2010 9:46:16 PM
I have a rash all over my body that is driving me NUTS!!!!

I scratch and scratch and scratch. I do it so bad that I have bruises and have burned holes in my skin. And I cant stop. And no it is not scabies.

I have been to the doctor 3 times. The dermatologist did blood work and a punch biopsy and can not come up with a diagnosis. He put me on prednisone for 12 days. That is the most horrible drug I have ever been on. It made me sooo sick and soooo anxious. I could not wait to get off of it. The itching did go away. But as so as the predisone was out of my system the itchies came back.

The doctor has thown his hands up and said to try Zyrtec.

The box and the website says nothing about using this for itchy skin. Has anyone heards of using this for skin irriations?

How long does it take to kick in? How long will I have to be on it?

I got this once before about 16 years ago and the doctors could not figure it out then either. I just had to deal with it until it went away.

Anyone have anything like this? Or have any suggestions? I AM GOING CRAZY!!!!

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Posted: 1/2/2010 9:49:59 PM
One of our family dogs when I was growing up had to take 1/2 a Benadryl a day for skin allergies. Antihistamines like Benadryl and Zyrtec are used a lot for itchiness. Basically, they block the uncomfortable symptoms of an allergic reaction.

"Drugs that combat the histamine released during an allergic reaction by blocking the action of the histamine on the tissue. Antihistamines do not stop the formation of histamine nor do they stop the conflict between the IgE and antigen. Therefore, antihistamines do not stop the allergic reaction but protect tissues from some of its effects."

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Posted: 1/2/2010 9:51:13 PM
My daughter uses Benadryl for itchy skin. It helps her with the itch from allergies and rashes.

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Posted: 1/2/2010 9:58:50 PM
It works for itchy skin if the itch is an allergic reaction. It works some for overly dry skin but only because it makes me sleepy.

Have you been to an allergist? You could be breathing, eating or drinking something that is causing the rash. I'm allergic to dairy. It will give me a mild case of the itchies. If I keep endulging I end up with a bad case of exzema.

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Posted: 1/2/2010 9:58:51 PM
I have itchy skin related to allergies. No rash or hives, but bad itching.

I use both Zyrtec and Benadryl. I take Zyrtec daily year round to help keep my allergies in check. If I get extra itchy I also use a Benadryl. Usually one tablet will do it, but sometimes I have to repeat it after 4-6 hours.

Our allergist said is perfectly fine to use both in combination.

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Posted: 1/2/2010 10:10:31 PM
I'm not a health professional, but I have some extensive experience with severely itchy skin. Both allergists and dermatologists have been pretty vague about the reason behind my condition, citing a variety of "possible" (read: not sure, but here's my guess du jour).

I use generic second generation antihistamines such as Loratadine for my itch reactions. Second-gen drugs don't make you sleepy. While I hate to use such powerful drugs (intended for a spectrum of allergic reactions) just for itching, I also need to control the damage to my skin that comes from the scratching.

Try Loratadine or similar antihistamine for your condition (and get the generic stuff to save $$). Hopefully, this is a temporary thing for you.

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Posted: 1/2/2010 10:10:43 PM
Take 50mg of Benadryl every 6 hours. It will cause drowsiness, so you will have a difficult time working or peaing

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Posted: 1/2/2010 10:16:12 PM
Loratidine and Zyrtec can cause drowsiness, just not to the extent that Benadryl, Chlortrimeton, Actifed can.

The other trick is to use lidocaine topical on those particularly troublesome spots. I recommend Dermaplast spray or one of the sunburn aloe vera/lidocaine combos. It will anesthetize the skin for some temporary relief.

While prednisone helps, I would recommend the medrol-dose pack: it is a burst of steroid (high-ish dose) that you then taper down off. It worked like a charm for me when I had an allergic reaction to the adhesive on climara patch.

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Posted: 1/2/2010 10:29:28 PM
My dh gets itchy. It isn't allergies, but mental (anxiety) and Zertec usually takes care of it, when it is particularly bad he'll take a benedryll too.

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Posted: 1/2/2010 10:37:14 PM
Do I have to take the Zyrtec twice a day? The box says 1 every 12 hours. I took it at 2:30 this afternoon and I am still itching?

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Posted: 1/2/2010 10:37:40 PM
Do I have to take the Zyrtec twice a day? The box says 1 every 12 hours. I took it at 2:30 this afternoon and I am still itching?

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Posted: 1/2/2010 11:24:50 PM
When I was pregnant with DS, I had the same thing. My doctor told me to take Zyrtec, and it worked for me! I hope it starts working for you. That is such an annoying feeling!

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Posted: 1/2/2010 11:29:39 PM
You could try doubling your antihistamine with an H-2 blocker like Zantac. In addition to being a heartburn medication, it's also a histamine blocker - a different kind than the traditional allergy medications from what I understand (though if Wench comes back on she can be more technical about that).

I have chronic hives/dermatographism and take 20 mg of Claritin and 150 mg of Zantac daily. The Claritin by itself doesn't do much, but the two meds together keep me pretty itch-free.

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Posted: 1/2/2010 11:30:40 PM
My 10 month old is on zyrtec daily for his skin. Seems to help him.

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Posted: 1/2/2010 11:39:43 PM
when I get the itchies at night and I can't sleep, 50 mg of benadryl is usually what it takes to make it go away. I get itchy for no reason I can discern and I can NOT sleep for all the scratching, so the benadryl is a life saver for me.

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Posted: 1/3/2010 3:47:19 AM
I believe you mean Zantac. It is for heartburn or something, but it has a side effect of helping with eczema/itchy skin. Zyrtec is an antihistamine.

When I go to the ER for allergic reactions, they start by giving me Benadryl. If it is a really bad reaction, they end up giving me vistaryl, too.

You can also try Caladryl lotion. It is a mixture of calamine and benadryl. My dermatologist recommended using Aveeno Shower and Bath Oil applied within three minutes of your bath/shower. You should be able to find it at most drug stores. Sometimes it is with the bath stuff, sometimes with suntan stuff. (They sell it as a tan evener, too.) I used to apply the Aveeno multiple times a day when mmy skin was really bad.

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Posted: 1/3/2010 5:48:05 AM
DS and DD have itchy skin conditions, DS gets Eczema and DD get Psoriasis our Dr has suggested a antihistamine for both to help with the itching, we use an old fashioned antihistamine (so one that makes you drowsy) once at night when the kids are scratching, our Dr says that some of the non-drowsy antihistamines don't work as well.

Not sure it will get rid of your rash but it may help ease the symptoms some what. Also my grandma always suggested "scratching" an itchy rash with an ice cube, since scratching caused more inflammation and made the itchiness worse.

I hope that helps and you get some relief soon

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Posted: 1/3/2010 5:48:19 AM
I am sorry. I have been to so many dermatologists for my itchy back, I cannot tell you. They call my condition "itchy red skin." I would have to be on 6 mos of antibiotics and lather twice a day for 20 mns, and no guarantee. I don't have time for that!!! So I deal with itchy red skin.

Here is one thing that really helps: bath water with 1 cup of bleach in it. I posted a while ago about how studies have shown it miraculous for eczema patients and it really works for me, too. Try bathing in it for about 10-15 mns/day. In 3 days I was better. I hope this helps you!

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Posted: 1/3/2010 6:13:32 AM
Another suggestion of my dermatologist's was to use those Dove non-soap bars.

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Posted: 1/3/2010 6:20:19 AM
I scanned the responses but didn't see Physical Urticaria mentioned. I take antihistamines daily for this and it took them 13 yrs to diagnose me... I get itchy in response to walking briskly or for a longer time or running or vibrating like from a massager or rollerblading on gravel... kind of strange and i don't think many people have believed me over the years.

the itching is unbearable...

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Posted: 1/3/2010 8:37:00 AM
You have peamail!

I sent it before reading all the responses. I would combine zyrtec and zantac since both are available over the counter. I had no luck with dermatologists but found a wonderful allergist. She put me on xyzal (it's the next generation of zyrtec) and zantac. Also, gave me something to help with the scratching.

Good luck!
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