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Dermatitis Contact Itching
- Cleanse itching skin with soap and water to remove any potential allergens.
- Massage itchy areas with an ice cube or cold compress. Don't use warm or hot compresses on any areas of allergic swelling. This can make the swelling even worse!
- Mild hives often go away without treatment in 3-4 days.
- Restrict exposure to all potential allergic substances such as foods, and non-prescription supplements.
- Take a cool bath or shower to reduce itching. Consider using colloidal oatmeal (Aveeno).
Medications for itching include:
- An oral antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- For children (1 to 6 years) give 6.25-12.5 mg of Benadryl every four to six hours
- For children (6-12 years) give 12.5-25 mg of diphenhydramine every four to six hours
- Adults may take 25 to 50 mg of diphenhydramine every four to six hours as needed
- Anti-itching cream such as:
- Benadryl Itch Stopping Cream
- A steroid cream such as a 0.5 to 1% hydrocortisone cream or ointment such as:
- Domeboro Astringent is used as a wet compress on itching skin
- Prescribed oral antihistamines or steroids should be taken as directed
Oral antihistamines can be sedating. Use with caution and do not mix with alcohol or other sedatives. Follow directions on product packaging
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PubMed Dermatitis Contact References
- Cahill J, Keegel T, Nixon R. The prognosis of occupational contact dermatitis in 2004. Contact Dermatitis. 2004 Nov-Dec;51(5-6):219-26. 
- Cohen DE, Heidary N. Treatment of irritant and allergic contact dermatitis. Dermatol Ther. 2004;17(4):334-40. 
- Mowad CM. Contact allergens of the year. Adv Dermatol. 2004;20:237-55. 
- Reunala T, Alenius H, Turjanmaa K, Palosuo T. Latex allergy and skin. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2004 Oct;4(5):397-401.