Trouble with hydrocortisone creme--anyone else?
Over the past year, my allergies have gone from a fairly minor problem to a significant one. I've always had sensitive rashy skin, but now I've had my classic month-long bubbling itchy rashes twice in a year. I've also started having bad side effects from oral antihistamines.
I've long suspected that the steroid skin treatments don't help. Recently, I had a very minor rash from an adhesive, so I did a controlled trial. On one side, I put Cortisone 5, on the other, nothing.
No treatment side was gone in a day. Cortisone side took a week to fade completely.
Okay, so. No cortisone creme for my rashes, Benadryl and hydroxyzine badly hurt my stomach, and Prednisone, Zyrtec, and Claritin don't help.
What exactly does that leave? Other than cold compresses, which is pretty much all I'm using these days.
My next plan is to ask the doctor for a boatload of antihistamine samples or short prescriptions, so I can try a LOT of antihistamines without spending too much. Any guesses on what might work? Hydroxyzine works the best so far, it just makes my stomach burn.
(Yes, hydroxyzine works and Zyrtec doesn't. No, that doesn't make sense to me, either, given that they're practically the same chemical.)