Itchy Rash?!

Are you dealing with chronic rash and itching?

Quite often, first line treatment for rash with itching is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which is available over the counter.  If that doesn’t work then Zantac (ranitidine) and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be given together.  If you are still itchy after a day or two, doxepin might be able to help.

Doxepin is usually used to treat depression but in low doses it can help with chronic rash and itching!  The dose to treat rash and itching is 10mg three times a day.  It can cause drowsiness.  If it causes too much drowsiness for your liking, you can take 30mg at bedtime (and sleep through some of the drowsiness!) Or compounding pharmacies can make a topical version.  Doxepin is by prescription only so you will need to discuss this option with your healthcare provider.

Quite often I am asked what “contact dermatitis” means.  Well, it means that you have come in contact with something your body is reacting to causing your itchy rash (dermatitis).  Often it is unknown what you came in contact with, so contact dermatitis is an umbrella diagnosis meaning something is causing your skin to be inflamed and itchy!

One thing you can do to help is to avoid heat and sweating.  Heat often aggravates the rash even more.  So take it easy, stay cool and take cool to luke warm baths and showers.

Is your doggie itchy?  Talk with her vet about using doxepin and benadryl for the pups!

What has worked for you?  We would love to hear about your experiences!

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