Used to treat:
All types of eczema, when itching is
Antihistamines may be prescribed when
eczema causes severe itching. While there is little scientific
evidence that sedating or non-sedating antihistamines are effective
in relieving itch and other symptoms, sedating antihistamines can
help patients get the sleep they need. Constant itching can cause
many sleepless nights.
What it does: It is believed
that the improvements gained from antihistamines are due primarily
to the patient getting a restful sleep. Researchers believe that a
restful sleep promotes skin healing.
How to use: The antihistamine
prescribed depends on the severity of the eczema and the amount of
sleep loss. Antihistamines should be taken exactly as prescribed.
Research shows that antihistamines are
safe and not associated with significant side effects, even in very
young patients when taken as prescribed. However, taking a higher
dose than prescribed can be dangerous, especially for young
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