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    Can I use an antihistamine for 3 y.o with eczema?

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    My daughter has had eczema since she was a newborn. We moisturise repeatedly during the day, use bath oil at night, never use soap & apply steroid cream to her creases daily (not routinely, only because it is needed & so hard to get on top of). We have discovered that her eczema flares everytime we go away on holidays. I believe this is related to dust in the holiday rental places but could also be stress related (??) Am I able to use an antihistamine for my 3y.o's eczema if we know she is going to have a flare up?
    Also, it appears to be affecting her ability to have a good nights rest & she wakes each day really tired. Would an antihistamine be appropriate treatment in combination with all that we are already doing?
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    I have been a paediatric registered nurse for over twenty years. I am trained asthma educator, early childhood nurse and currently work in the area … View Profile

    You can use a antihistamine, but unfortunatley antihistamines often dont give any relief for people with exzema. If you do choose to use an antihistamine consult your pharmacist or doctor first and follow the recommended dosaging on the bottle for your childs age. You can seek further information at the ASCIA website relating to excema or seek advice from your GP, paediatrician, dermatologist or paediatric allergy specialist. 

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    Prof Rodney Sinclair

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Professor Sinclair is a Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Epworth Dermatology. He is past-president of the Australasian Society for … View Profile

    Eczema or atopic dermatitis can be effectively treated.  It sounds like your daughter would benefit from a specialist opinion. I would recommend you ask your GP for a referral to a dermatologist inthe first instance.  If allergy testing is needed that can be done once the eczema has selttled. 

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