Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Rash Contact Dermatitis Itching

Home treatment for itching in someone with contact dermatitis includes:

  • 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:

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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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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