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I have two really itchy insect bites that are making me

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Hi. I have two really itchy insect bites that are making me miserable! they are both very swollen. i took a Claritin Liqui-Gel loratidine 10 mg/ antihistimine yesterday morning which cautions to take no more than one in 24 hours. then last night, I took a generic Marc's Allergy Relief pill because the itching was still terrible (probably worse than in the morning, actually). The allergy relief pill was Ceterizine HCI Tablets USP 10mg/ Antihistimine. It also said take only one in 24 hours. My question is, can I take another Claritin now, since 24 hours has passed from taking that pill? Any other suggestion you have is welcome!

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it doesn't sound like you have used any topical anti-itch creams yet.

I would start there

wtih 1% hydrocortisone cream

and bendryl cream on the itchy areas

you can use these creams 2-4 times a day both to help the itchness without having to keep taking these antihistamines.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
actually, I did use one, but it didnt seem to help. I will tell you what it was in a moment.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
It was desoximetasone cream usp 0.25%
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
maybe my cream wasnt strong enough. are the ones you mention over-the-counter?

yes, 1% hydrocortisone cream is over the counter

and benadryl cream is over the counter

you need to give the creams a few minutes so they can work

and you can reapply 3-4 times a day

and not scratch the area.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
also, to my original question: Is it ok to alternate the antihistimines mentioned above?

yes, you can take another claritin now.

and take one per 24 hours

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
The answer was pretty good; however, I am perplexed as to why the cream suggested seems to be stronger than what my doctor prescribed; and the one suggested here is over-the counter!? --not the doctor's fault. If the cream he suggested stops the itching, then I will be very happy.
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Please don't keep asking me about switching to a phone call... it makes your service sound mercenary. asking once is enough.

it is my me asking about a phone consultation

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prescription steroid creams can be more potent than hydrocortisone

so 0.25% of a prescription steroid cream may be about the same steroid potency as a 1% over the counter hydrocortisone cream.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
OH. thank you.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
i thought i was being asked for a rating and was commenting as such. how do i close out and go to the ratings?

do you see the ratings area?

you may have to scroll up or down to see the ratings area

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sorry, I do not see the area
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
oh now i see it at the top

thanks for that

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