Antihistamines For Eczema

One common treatment method for an eczema flare up is the use of antihistamines. How does it work? And what are the pros and cons?

Preventing eczema is impossible, but the use of the proper treatment for the flare-up will ensure that the symptoms are maintained. If you do this, you will experience a lower level of discomfort from the inflammation of the skin.

What It Is

An antihistamine is a type of medication that is used to treat allergies. This medication works by stopping the body's reaction to different outside forces that your body senses as a threat. When your body is met with an allergen, the normal reaction is to begin flaring up as the skins way of protecting itself.

Those who have eczema are more prone to this reaction because their skin is hypersensitive and contains more cells that cause an allergic reaction. This type of medication has been used for many years to treat the symptoms of eczema when a flare-up does occur.

How an Antihistamine Works for Eczema

There are many different treatment methods available to help with flare-ups, and antihistamines are commonly used for those who experience severe itching. While the medication does not treat any of the other symptoms that occur with a flare-up, treating the itching can help to reduce the length and symptoms of a flare-up by stopping certain issues, such as scratching the area.

Pros and Cons

Using antihistamines is a great choice for those who are seeking immediate relief from the itching sensation that occurs with this skin condition. The medication is simple to use, and can be purchased over-the-counter, or prescribed by your doctor. It works shortly after taking it, and can help you to sleep at night when itching is disturbing your rest.

However, antihistamines are known for their sedating properties, and some people may be unable to take them during the day without experiencing a drowsy sensation.

Due to the sedation antihistamines cause, they are often only used during the night time hours, or by those who do not experience much sedation from the medication. This type of medication does not generally build up a tolerance, and if it causes drowsiness to occur, this will often continue even after taking the medication daily. Some people experience drowsiness upon waking the day after taking antihistamines.


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