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I have what seems to be an allergic reaction type rash all

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I have what seems to be an allergic reaction type rash all over my hands and feet. It also is on my forearms as well. I have tried calamine, oat meal bath, and benadryl. Nothing seems to reduce the rash. Please help me.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Pharmacy
Expert:  Dr Mike, PharmD replied 1 month ago.

Hello, DrMike at your assist...
Calamine and topical Benadryl don't really do much (the Benadryl isn't very well absorbed).. a better bet would be hydrocortisone 1% cream. This will help reduce inflammation, redness, and the associated itching. The oatmeal bath can be soothing, but it won't to much to stop the rash.
Additionally, taking oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) capsules can be very beneficial (as it stops the reaction by blocking histamines in the body which cause the rash). You can use Zyrtec if drowsiness is a big concern for you. It might be less effective, but causes less drowsiness.
Ofcourse, try to eliminate anything you think might be the cause of the rash in the first place, any new meds, yard work that may have run you up against some poison (wash any associated clothing or articles in hot soapy water), changes in perfumes or soaps... maybe your pet ran into some poison ivy outdoors - these sorts of things.
Don't use the hydrocortisone for more than 2 weeks preferably 1. It can cause thinning of the skin and discoloration (lightening).
But if it doesn't improve by that point, you should be going to the Dr. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have further questions -DrMike

Expert:  Dr Mike, PharmD replied 1 month ago.

I'm checking back in with you... How are you getting along?
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I'm still here if you'd like to talk further... -DrMike