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Treating Eczema with Daily Antihistamines

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By arachide on Sun, 10-22-00, 14:24

I've read in certain posts that some kids are given a daily dose of antihistamine to prevent outbreaks of hives from scratches/irritants, etc.

Has anyone had success treating their child's eczema by daily dosing with antihistamine?

What are the long term effects of daily use of antihistamine, any? I wonder if it's no worse than the twice-a-day application of cortizone cream to alleviate the condition.

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By on Sun, 10-22-00, 16:06

Arachide, my PA son gets a daily dose of the antihistamine Claritin for his environmental allergies. However, he will still have eczema outbreaks regardless. I'm not clear why. He was originally prescribed the cortisone cream but he said that it made his face sore so now we're using the one that is the glaxo based cream. I'll check the next time I'm in the drug store and get the proper name of it. I know that it is quite expensive compared to other creams, but it's also considered a hand cream and it's worked really well with his eczema. Also, my daughter will very often have outbreaks of it and I'm hoping after she is allergy tested at the end of this month I may be more clear as to why. However, I must say, with both of them, it would be considered very slight, it doesn't go all over their bodies, they'll just have one little patch somewhere. So, for my son anyway, the Claritin doesn't help with his eczema. I'm wondering though if an antihistamine cream like Benadryl cream would work? Hmm. They have a website that I just posted on here in a different thread, I think it's [url="http://www.breathing-easy.com"]www.breathing-easy.com[/url] They might be able to provide an answer as to whether a topically applied antihistamine helps. I think I saw that you had another thread going re eczema, soy and something else, but I didn't respond because to-date, I really don't know what causes my kids to break out. And, again, I'll know better at the end of the month when actually both of them are being allergy tested. I also know that both of them having eczema has been linked to both of them developing asthma. Sorry, I'm also not sure what the long-term side effects of my son taking the antihistamine are, but I know that I prefer them for controlling environmental allergies as opposed to immunization therapy. He was originally taking Benadryl, he started at about 2-1/2, he's now nearly 5, but I switched him to Claritin because the pharmacist said that the Benadryl would make him drowsy. I checked to make sure that they didn't add anything to the Claritin to make it non-drowsy and no, it's just that way. I also recently tried him on Reactine which seems to work as well as the Claritin and was a little less expensive but he said he hated the flavour (I think it was grape banana, what a combo) so I went back to the Claritin.
Also, if my daughter has any environmental allergies they are very slight in comparison to her brother's and I have not used an antihistamine with her yet. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]


[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited October 22, 2000).]

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By jayD on Sun, 10-22-00, 19:25

Hi! I have 2 children on a daily antihistimine.....my daughter, age 3 has been on once a day zyrtec since june. She had a horrible outbreak of eczema which we think may have started with a poisen ivy contact...it spread all over her body and we could not get it under control; even a 3 week course of prednesone didn't touch it ( boy, I will NEVER let anyone talk me into using that stuff again either!) So we just have been plugging away at it with Elocon ointment and zyrtec and it finally cleared up. I will keep her on the zyrtec until winter...whenever I take her off, she shows signs of hayfever this fall. My son had extreme eczema at birth til around 5 months, when he was finally allergy tested....once he was put on soy formula(he was breastfed and reacted to many foods I ate), he cleared up nearly altogether, but he takes a small dose of hydroxizine ( sp.?) at bed time to counter any itching while he sleeps. I personally think he is hooked on the stuff, if I don't give it to him, he nearly always will wake at least once in the night! I don't know if it is because he itches or the medicine makes him sleepy.... any way, I look forward to the day I can maybe get my kids off the daily medicine....I only take clariten or zyrtec occasionally for my own allergies but am surely grateful they have something to help their eczema tolorable...I never had that as a child and was so miserable. good luck! Jen

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By MaryF on Mon, 10-23-00, 00:45

Your responses about eczema, daily antihistamines, asthma, etc brought back a lot of memories for me. At eighteen months old, we discovered my daughter was allergic to peanuts. It wasn't until many months later, that we discovered she was actually allergic to the whole legume family. Once I made that discovery and removed soy, beans, etc from her diet, her asthma pretty much cleared up, her eczema went away and so did the daily antihistamines. It was a dramatic change! How did I discover it? My daughter had bad asthma and typically ended up in the hospital every 6-8 weeks for it. I all of sudden realized that her asthma usually flared up 2-3 days after a family celebration. I then started thinking that at every celebration we have Hoodsie icecream, which has legume family items in it. I called my doctor and asked if its ever possible to have a delayed allergic reaction which presents like asthma...the answer was yes. We got her tested and it confirmed my theory...made the diet changes and it was a major milestone in her life....she hasn't been in a hospital or had an asthma flare up for 4 years!

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By Cayley's Mom on Mon, 10-23-00, 03:09

Hello all - There is a good link for eczema (symptoms and treatments) in children. It answers a lot of questions, and I seem to recall it has links to other sites. Info. is available on hives, as well. Here's the link: [url="http://www.dermsupport.com"]http://www.dermsupport.com[/url]
Take care. Carolyn

[This message has been edited by Cayley's Mom (edited October 22, 2000).]

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By Mom of Wonderful PA boy on Thu, 10-26-00, 03:56

As far as the eczema goes, my sons is mild. I use Aveeno moisturizing lotion. It is a natural colloidal oatmeal (it contains oatmeal blended with rich emollients...it hs no fragrance or parabens which can irritate sensitve skin.)

I apply it to him after every bath and inbetween as needed through the winter. In the summer his skin is much better. I only bath him every 2 days...too much bathing is hard on his skin. Hope this helps!

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By Cayley's Mom on Mon, 10-30-00, 01:44

I don't know if this will be helpful or not, but here goes: Apparently chlorinated water is very drying to the skin, and dry skin causes/exacerbates eczema - correct? There is a new shower filter that claims to eliminate most of the chlorine from tap water, thus skin isn't as dry or itchy after showering. The person reviewing this product tried it and said it worked surprisingly well, doing what it promised to do: alleviate dry skin.

This info comes from a write-up in the Homes section of the Toronto Saturday Star (Oct 28). The product is called "Rainfresh Shower Filter", it is available at Canadian Tire (in the U.S., ask at large hardware stores, to see if they carry it) and it costs about $30 Cdn.

Now if only 3 yr olds enjoyed showering.... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By tkiaml on Mon, 10-30-00, 03:00

Hi! I first found out about my son's food allegies (peanut, tree nut, wheat, egg, dairy) when he was only 4-6 mos. He had suffered from severe eczema on his face since he was born as well as moderate eczema on the rest of his body. He was exclusively breastfed at the time so I had to cut out his allergens in my diet as much as possible. He was also put on daily doses of Zyrtec to help ward off sensitivity....this didn't work for him. Since then he has been on a daily dose of Claritin. His eczema has been very minimal since then...although, if he accidently gets something he is allergic to he will develop eczema for days after exposure. Hope this info. helps.

I don't know if I can give him Benadryl for reactions if he is already taking the Claritin...I need to ask the allergist about that!


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By [email protected] on Tue, 03-27-12, 15:46

I know this post is old, and perhaps there are newer, updated posts. However, this is the first post in the Search results for Claritin and Eczema. So, I wanted to comment for others who find this page from the search engines.

I'm a male in my 40's. I've suffered from respiratory allergies (hayfever and pollen), since I had a violent reaction to penicillin when I was 14. In the past 5 years, I've developed bad rashes and itchy skin which was diangnosed as eczema.

For a few years, I've combatted eczema with Allegra, then switched to Zyrtec for about 1 year and 3 months. However, lately the Zyrtec seems to last only 20 - 22 hours and I still have pretty bad congestion running down my throat.

So, I have switched to a generic Claritin. The generic Claritin does nothing for the rash and itchy skin and I'm skeptical if it is helping with the chronic respiratory allergies I suffer from.

I did recently switch back to Allegra, but it seems to only work 16 - 18 hours, less than the Zyrtec. So, this is where I'm at after about 5 years of daily antihistimines. Perhaps it is time to finally have the allergy tests done and see where it leads.

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By stratmom on Wed, 04-04-12, 02:46

I want to throw something out at you. I recently found out that I'm sensitive to gluten. In fact, I may have Celiac disease (it's a long story why my test was negative). I don't have peanut allergies, but my kids do.

Anyway, a lot of times eczema or rashes may be caused by gluten. Even if you don't think you have a problem with it. Even if you've been eating it your entire life. Gluten sensitivity can manifest itself in many ways, and some people get persistent skin breakouts, rashes, etc.

The best way to determine this is to just totally avoid gluten for 2 weeks. As you may know, gluten includes all products made with wheat, rye, barley, spelt, and oats which are not certified as gluten-free. FYI, soy sauce contains wheat, but tamari usually does not (read the label).

I used to get a mysterious rash that would come and go. Since I have given up gluten, the rash no longer appears. People with serious Celiac disease get the digestive symptoms. But there are alot of other symptoms you can get instead. Such as joint and body aches, depression, foggy thinking, and rashes.

Anyway, just something to think about.

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By [email protected] on Wed, 04-04-12, 15:21

Thank you so much for the information. I do have many symptoms. It will be interesting to see what happens in a few weeks w/o gluten.

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By stratmom on Wed, 04-04-12, 18:23

Just do your research to make sure you are totally avoiding gluten. It is hidden in a lot of things. As PA people, we know about this (in general) and are used to reading labels. But I suggest you go on to celiac.com to further educate yourself. So many things are made with wheat and other gluten ingredients -- sauces are thickened with it, etc.

My lips would sometimes get chapped for no apparent reason. Turns out, there was wheat protein in my Clinique lipstick! Now that I have banished all gluten products (including lotions, body washes, makeup, etc) and I don't ingest gluten, my lips are not chapped, I get no more mystery rashes, and (the most surprising thing) my digestion is better. I had eaten gluten my entire life (I'm 51) and never thought I had a problem with it. It can really sneak up on you. I was experiencing gas and bloating which I thought was lactose intolerance. Turns out, gluten was the culprit.

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By stratmom on Wed, 04-04-12, 18:24

Oh, and by the way, Aveeno products contain oatmeal. Unless it is certified gluten-free oatmeal, I would not trust those products. Oats are often cross-contaminated with other grains (which is unfortunate but true).

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