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Do antihistamines help treat eczema?

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Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) works well to calm itching and help you sleep. Cetirizine (Zyrtec) and loratadine (Claritin) are non-drowsy options that may help you feel better during the day.

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association: “Eczema;” “Alternative Therapies;” “Proper Moisturizing Techniques;” “Alternative Treatments;” and “Bleach Baths.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Atopic Dermatitis: Tips for Managing” and “Eczema.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Atopic Dermatitis (A Type of Eczema.)”

National Jewish Health: “Eczema Lifestyle Management (Atopic Dermatitis)" and “Eczema Lifestyle Management: Avoid Irritants with Ectopic Dermatitis.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: “Skin Care Tips for Individuals With Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema).”

American Skin Association: “Dry Skin.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Beyond the Basics.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 01, 2018

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association: “Eczema;” “Alternative Therapies;” “Proper Moisturizing Techniques;” “Alternative Treatments;” and “Bleach Baths.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Atopic Dermatitis: Tips for Managing” and “Eczema.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Handout on Health: Atopic Dermatitis (A Type of Eczema.)”

National Jewish Health: “Eczema Lifestyle Management (Atopic Dermatitis)" and “Eczema Lifestyle Management: Avoid Irritants with Ectopic Dermatitis.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: “Skin Care Tips for Individuals With Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema).”

American Skin Association: “Dry Skin.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema): Beyond the Basics.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 01, 2018

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