List of sedating antihistamines
However, if itching is still a problem your doctor may prescribe you an antihistamine.
Antihistamines are most commonly used to control the symptoms of allergies such as hay fever.
Sedating antihistamines cause drowsiness and may therefore affect your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.
This should not be a problem if you take them before going to bed, but be aware of your potentially reduced ability if you are going to perform any hazardous tasks.
This is often referred to as an 'itch-scratch-itch' cycle.
It leads to thickening and weeping of the skin and generally makes the eczema worse and more likely to become infected because scratching breaks the skin.
Main outcome measure: Reporting of sedation or drowsiness.
Results: The odds ratios (adjusted for age and sex) for the incidence of sedation were 0.63 (95% confidence interval 0.36 to 1.11; P=0.1) for fexofenadine; 2.79 (1.69 to 4.58; P Antihistamines are often used to treat the symptoms of allergies such as seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis and urticaria.
Itching can occur during the day but is usually worse in early evening and at night, so sedating antihistamines are used because they help make you sleepy, as well as reducing the itch.
Drinking alcohol with a sedating antihistamine can increase the drowsiness it causes and should be avoided.
Also beware of a 'hangover' effect in the morning if the tablets are taken too late at night.
Many people find the worst symptom of their eczema is severe itching.
Scratching relieves the itch, but also makes the inflammation and the itching worse because it causes more inflammatory substances to be released within the skin.