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Hi folks..

how are you all doing??

Well.. I keep breaking out in these rashes all over my arms.stomach and upper back.. and it itches! this has been going on pretty constant for about 2 months or so now.. they are like patches of little red bumps.. and the skin around it is hot and red..

I have been given shots of cotisone.. and been given medrol pack to help relieve it.. and it does not help with the rashes..

I noticed that I seem to get itchier at night.. when I am having apotsy attack.. some i think that it has something to do with my pots..

I have also been on alavert and more recently zyrtec along with beanadrly..to try and treat it and I tell ya nothing is helping.. and I also use aveeno oatmeal soap and lotion.. that soes help the itching alitle..

i see my doc thursday.. so i will see what else I can try for it.

but was wondering if any of you had any pointers till then..

thanks a million

a very itchy dizzygirl :rolleyes:

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I've posted about this before, but I'll repeat my regimen for my frequent hives:




benedryl until I get sleepy--as instructed by my doctor. This can be as much as 4 otc pills every 6 hours for me.

tagamet or zantac otc

(tagamet is actually a different type of histamine blocker, and was suggested by both my allergist and dermatologist to be used during a flare up)

and a topic lotion called Sarna, which is over the counter.

lastly, stay away from getting warm, inlcuding warm bath or shower as it reactivates histamine.

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Benadryl also has an anti-itch cream out in the drugstores... not sure if you can get it OTC in the states? You should be able to (but maybe not because I think you need a RX there for Claritin and here it is OTC...) The benadryl cream helps me somewhat and sometimes if I have a particularily bad area I try putting ice on for a while. Gives some short term relief! Laura

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I'm with Nina on the Sarna, also a fan of Eucerin Calming Creme, and Eucerin Itch relief moisturizing spray, when my hives pop up sporadically.

When my hives are all over, I take Atarax (prescription) at night, it's also approved for insomnia by the way.

Take Care


Ps. do you think the bumps could be caused by excessive sweat? I broke out in rashes after I had the QSART sweat test, in the areas where they shocked me, and my dermatologist said it was a sweat reaction, the bumps were much smaller than hives. But the atarax and lotions seemed to work just as well for them too, since it was a short term problem.

I just wonder what size yours are, my hives turn out like mosquito bites, swelling larger, and spreading, where the bumps caused by the sweat test stayed small and turned a purple-ish color. Have you doc check them out, should probably be different meds for both causes.

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benedryl lotion is available otc in the states. However, both my dermatologist and allergist suggest using the Sarna lotion instead, as it is cooling. In my experience, I get more relief from Sarna-- I've tried Aveno, Benedryl creme (in a tube), benedryl spray, and benedryl gel (in a squeeze bottle).

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I looked Sarna up on google, and found it for under 10$ at drugstore.com

the ingredients are as follows:

Active Ingredients: Camphor (0.5%), Menthol (0.5%)

Inactive Ingredients: Carbomer 940, Cetyl Alcohol, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Glyceryl Stearate, Isopropyl Myristate, PEG-8 Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Petrolatum, Sodium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Water

The combo of camphor and menthol is quite cooling. Nina

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nina- I apologize for the repeat in posting topic.. I did do a search on itching.. but it wont let me open the topic.. it says that it is a fatal error... I think it might be a problem with my computer though..

I will have to look into the sarna.. thanks for all the tips guys!

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