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How Do I Choose the Best Cream for an Allergic Reaction?

Antihistamine creams are often used to treat mild allergic reactions on the skin.
A cream may be needed to relieve itching symptoms caused by an allergic reaction.
Hydrocortisone cream is a steroid used to treat skin conditions.
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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 29 August 2014
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The most effective means of choosing a cream for your allergic reaction is to speak with your doctor. Since the symptoms typical of an allergic reaction can also be common with certain other health conditions, it’s always best to get the opinion of a medical professional to rule out any other potential problems. If you choose not to see a doctor because you are sure your symptoms are being caused by an allergy, there are over the counter corticosteroids you can purchase.

When using a cream for an allergic reaction, it’s important that you ensure the product you are choosing is intended to be used in the treatment of allergies. The most common over the counter remedy is hydrocortisone cream, which is a cream made with steroids. This is also a common prescription medication, although prescription options are usually given in much higher dosages. These creams usually soothe the irritation associated with allergic skin reactions and they keep them away unless you become exposed to an allergen again.

You shouldn’t buy over the counter cream for an allergic reaction if the product is only intended to help with itching. There are a wide range of itch creams available, and these may alleviate symptoms, but they will not typically calm the allergic reaction itself. These creams are usually more effective for bug bites, poison ivy, and other itch-causing conditions.

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If you are not absolutely sure that your symptoms are being caused by an allergic reaction, or if the reaction is severe, you should be checked by a doctor before seeking treatment. Most of the time you will need cream for an allergic reaction to help soothe itching, redness, and irritation. More severe symptoms, such as blistering, may also arise, and these will need stronger treatments.

After ensuring that you symptoms are in fact being caused by allergies, the next step you will need to take is to ensure that you remove whatever it is causing the reaction. The most common culprits are soaps, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and other lotions or cosmetics you may put on your body. Occasionally, certain fabrics may also lead to a reaction. Pay close attention to what you put against your skin and remove any potential allergens. You can narrow down which culprit is to blame by slowly introducing products back into your routine to see if a reaction occurs.

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