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Anti-Itch pills?

Postby bethany.cherry on Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:22 am

Hi,

I'm a sister without eczema, however my brother suffers from severe eczema. He has scars all over his entire body and he will scratch until he is bleeding. He can't stop. It's escalated by his mental health (he has bipolar disorder). I know that the eczema is escalated in part due to his coping behaviors. When he gets frustrated or has mental health breakdowns, he scratches endlessly without being able to stop and it hurts himself. I want to help but feel so useless. He has topical medications, but he is unmotivated to use them consistently. Does anyone know of any pills that can be taken to take away the itch? Would antibiotics be helpful?

Any help is appreciated!

-B
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Re: Anti-Itch pills?

Postby Marcie Mom on Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:49 am

Sorry to hear of your brother's eczema, B. Unfortunately, not aware of any pill and antibiotics wouldn't help eczema. Anyway he can seek treatment at perhaps a hospital setting, where they would also have access to psychologist to offer assistance? Hope all get better soon, and scratching can lead to secondary infection, do watch out for signs such as pus, fever, lethargy and seek immediate help as secondary infection can escalate quickly, and sometimes serious, take care.
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Re: Anti-Itch pills?

Postby eczemahelp12345 on Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:18 pm

Antihistamines may help with the itching, if your planning to sleep i would use diphenhydramine or chloropheneramine. ALso ceterizine, lotaradine and fexofenadine available for 24hr use. it helps cut down on my itching alot, you will have take it consistently though. XYZAL(levoceterizine) is recently available as an OTC, however its still in its brand name form and its quite expensive.
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