Your Questions About Eczema

Joseph asks…

How can I make hives stop itching?

My brother has what we think are hives They are really annoying him.He can’t go to the doctors till tomorrow so I need ideas how to make them stop itching.It seems like they are going away a bit then coming back.I don’t know what caused it either he has tried to take a hot and cold bath and itching cream.

admin answers:

Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can help relieve itching caused by hives, but won’t affect itching from other causes. Most antihistamines also make people sleepy, which can help patients sleep who would otherwise be awake from the itch. Specific treatment of itching depends on the underlying condition that causes it. In general, itchy skin should be treated very gently. While scratching may temporarily ease the itch, in the long run scratching just makes it worse. In addition, scratching can lead to an endless cycle of itch—scratch—more itching. To avoid the urge to scratch, a person can apply a cooling or soothing lotion or cold compress when the urge to scratch occurs. Soaps are often irritating to the skin, and can make an itch worse; they should be avoided, or used only when necessary.
Creams or ointments containing cortisone may help control the itch from insect bites, contact dermatitis or eczema. Cortisone cream should not be applied to the face unless a doctor prescribes it. Probably the most common cause of itching is dry skin. There are a number of simple things a person can do to ease the annoying itch:
• don’t wear tight clothes
• avoid synthetic fabrics
• don’t take long baths
• wash the area in lukewarm water with a little baking soda
• for generalized itching, take a lukewarm shower
• try a lukewarm oatmeal (or Aveeno) bath for generalized itching
• apply bath oil or lotion (without added colors or scents) right after bathing
Someone who itches all over should seek medical care. Because itching can be caused by such a wide variety of triggers, a complete physical exam and medical history will help diagnose the underlying problem. A variety of blood and stool tests may help determine the underlying cause.

Donna asks…

What causes the dark circles under your eyes? How can I make mine go away?

I’m in college so im up late alot with homework.

admin answers:

Almost everyone gets dark circles under their eyes from time to time. Dark circles under eyes usually are temporary and not a medical concern.

You may be surprised to learn that fatigue usually isn’t the cause of dark circles. Instead, the most common cause is nasal congestion. When your nose is congested, veins that usually drain from your eyes into your nose become widened (dilated) and darker.

Another cause of undereye circles is eyelid swelling during sleep. When you lie down, gravity can cause fluid to collect in your lower eyelids. This swelling may create the appearance of shadows below your eyes. In addition, dark circles can result from chronic skin conditions, such as atopic eczema. Dark circles can also run in families.

Over-the-counter products may help diminish dark circles under eyes. Look for skin creams that contain vitamin C or K, alpha hydroxy acid and kinetin. Here are some other tips:
1. No drinks
Stay away from drinks at bedtime or restrict yourself to only a few sips. Drinking fluids before bedtime increases your body’s fluid retention and the likelihood it will settle in your eyes during sleep.
2. Raise your bed
Elevating the head of your bed will prevent bags under eyes. Raising your head will keep fluids from setting around your eyes.
3. Try putting a refrigerated spoon, cucumber etc over the area to stimulate circulation and reduce puffiness

Jenny asks…

What is the difference between rosacea and eczema and dry skin?

They all seem to be the same to me.
Can you explain what the difference is?

admin answers:

Rosacea is a facial skin issue that’s caused by dry skin and lack of care. Whereas eczema is to do with allergic reactions and is mainly on the upper arms and chest area.

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